Ok, so I tried to write couple blogs on Lance (Armstrong), racing, cheating and death. Even though I’ve got that blog right next to me and would probably rock some people’s worlds, I am not going to do it. The subject is very close to my heart and opens wounds that sometimes I feel should be left covered.
I am writing this blog to tell you that there is some movement about me coming back to do Indy and possibly some more ovals.
I hope this blog does not reach my father. Unfortunately, he was present at Vegas, and that tied in with the fact that I am heavily involved in business here in England, may not sit well with him, and I don’t think he would be too happy.
Unfortunately, or in this case, fortunately, Indy is Indy and when it gives you a nudge that you can come back to this spectacle, you take notice. After Vegas, I felt very comfortable with not getting in an Indycar again. Not because I was scared or because I did not have a drive. It was because I had a great stint in Indycars during which I drove for great teams, had some great races, and some huge crashes that I walked away from (or was helicoptered off, or by wheel chair. Although in real terms I walked away.)
Looking back, I sleep well at night knowing I always gave 100% in the car. I love Indy and what it gave to me, but I’m at a point in my life where I can move on and enjoy different and other parts of life and business. Yet, for some reason it’s hard just to say no…… I have been in contact with people that seem to be getting close to securing funding for Indy and rest of the oval season. I am not sure about the rest of ovals but if anybody mentions Indy and includes what I consider a good team, then it’s hard to ignore or say no. I bleed the 500 whether it is one year or 40 years from now the Indianapolis 500 will be part of my life, and as a racing driver, you can never just move on.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway just has something about it. It’s not just track, it’s the whole facility. It’s my Disneyland. It’s a Disneyland that has given me every emotion a human can feel. IMS has the ability to make you feel like you can walk on water, and at the same time it can make you feel like you have on a lead life jacket. It controls your emotions, and you fight with it not only for the month when you are on track but every day when you wake up and before you go to sleep. It will confuse you, it will lead in wrong direction, and then it will unexpectedly reward you.
I guess some people call this love.
I am not saying that I am coming back, or that I have a drive. What I am saying is that there are discussions going on behind the scenes working to make things develop into something solid.
Finally, I want to assure all my fans that there is one thing that will never change in me. When you buy a ticket to come watch me race in an IndyCar, I will still be the same balls-out Tomas Scheckter you have always come to know. Going #FourWide is what I love to do, and Indy is where I love to do it. I love everything about the 500, I respect what it stands for and it’s history. Most of all I respect what I feel inside myself when I enter that facility. Once the details on my chance to come are finalized, and I am back in a car, you can have no doubt, come race day, you will get what you paid for. Yes, I do what I do for the fans, but Indy? Yeah, I have Indy in my blood.
-Tomas Scheckter, @tomasscheckter on Twitter