Monthly Archives: October 2007

It’s ON kids…

Will Power, avenging the mugging by Seabass last year, is coming back with vengeance. I would LOVE to see him win this race tomorrow, but Servia can taste that champagne already too, and won’t allow Will to run away with it easily.

Even more exciting (well to me anyway) and the possible to spoiler to all of this is the comeback kid! Go Paulie Go!! That’s the way a champion drives! Keep the fire in your belly Paul, and I promise I will work 3 jobs over the winter so I can get as many races in as I can next year and cheer your old, lily-white, scarberian ass on! ;)

row 1: Power/Servia
row 2: Tracy/Bourdais

boy howdy… that’s gonna be one hell of a first lap.
Hopefully Seabass will play it smart and not jeopardize his championship by doing something stoopid. Of course if he does, PT will just chrome horn him and cheer on Will from the pits… hehehe…

From the press conference:

THE MODERATOR:  You’ll be on the second row, side by side with your best friend Sebastien Bourdais.  How do you think that will play out?

PAUL TRACY:  Well, I mean, I have nothing to lose and he has everything to lose.  That’s gonna be my goal to go into the race.  Oriol and myself are not really fighting for this championship.  I know how Oriol races and how I’m going to race tomorrow, and that’s going for the win.  If Sebastien wants to fight for the first corner, you know, I’m going to fight for it.

so fucking nice to be excited about a race again. Geezus.

He’s a sponsor’s dream…


Photo courtesy of Champ Car World Series

Gotta love my boy. Monster hat, conspicuously placed helmet almost center stage… I’m sure if he didn’t have to hold the trophy, he would have a can of Monster in his hand. (come to think of it, they probably had to pry it out of his hand before the shot was taken)

You go Paulie!! :)

CCWS: “hey… I know it’s been 7wks…

and you missed all of your home town hero’s wins this year due to NO tv coverage until late in the season, but we thought we would basically negate ANY chance of a win or reaping revenge for last year by doing this… “
http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/63377

Nice. Let’s piss everyone off BEFORE the race weekend while in negotiations for the future of the event…

And this is the man that we are pinning our hopes on to make the RIGHT decisions and right the sinking ship that is CC? Zoinks… Stormy seas ahead me thinks…

Well, that’s a pretty cool birthday present…

October 18 , 2007
SIERRA SIERRA ENTERPRISES SIGNS 2007 MAZDA CHAMPION DANE CAMERON

Minden, NV (October 18, 2007) – Sierra Sierra Enterprises has signed the 2007 Star Mazda Champion, Dane Cameron, to its 2008 line up. Cameron, who turns 19 on October 18th, is only one of two rookies to claim the championship in the 17-year history of the series.

“We are extremely pleased to have a driver of Dane’s caliber on the Sierra Sierra team. Having a rookie puts us in the position to compete for both the Championship and Rookie of the Year awards. We have a very strong team and expect this season to be as exciting as 2007”, said Richard Raeder, Sierra Sierra Team Manager.

Despite his youth, Cameron brings with him a strong resume and proof that he is no stranger to the podium. Beginning with his success in karting, he has built upon his skill and raced in numerous notable series. His past accolades include:

2007 Star Mazda Champion (3 wins, 5 pole positions, 4 podium finishes)
2006 Formula Palmer Audi, Autumn Trophy Winner
2006 Rookie of the Year and Champion Runner Up, FF2000
2005 SCCA Formula Russell, 6 wins, 7 pole positions, 10 podiums

Sierra Sierra is proud to be a strong advocate for the driver development concept facilitated by the Mazda Motorsport and Champ Car World Series programs.
The most recent success was 2005 Start Mazda Champion, Raphael Matos. Matos went on to drive for Sierra Sierra in 2006 and 2007 – claiming the championship in 2007. Matos will take the $2 Million prize to race in the 2008 Champ Car World Series.

The Sierra Sierra team is eager to build upon the success of the 2007 season and bring another driver to the championship ranks.

“We are really excited to have Dane join the Sierra Sierra family. We have been watching his progress throughout this season and project an exciting 2008!”, said Diane Kottke, Sierra Sierra team owner.

To get a preview of Dane Cameron in action, the season-finale of the 2007 Star Mazda Championship will take place October 20th at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This race will be re-broadcast on Monday, October 29th at 3:00 and 4:00pm EST.

How great to know you’re going to move up the ladder & already have a secured ride as you head into the final race of your season. He was a pleasure to watch all season (I’ve said all year that Star Mazda was some of the best racing in 2007) and I look forward to watching and getting to know him in CCA.
Congrats and happy birthday Dane!

Champ Car 101 refresher (chapter 1 – drivers)

So, when you last tuned into a Champ Car race, the driver line up looked like this: (in red are the changes you will see this weekend in OZ, in blue the reason)

N/H/L – S. Bourdais
N/H/L – G. Rahal
RuSPORTS – J. Wilson
PKV – T. Gommendy (replaced by O. Servia) (money)
PKV – N. Jani
Team Australia – W. Power
Team Australia – S. Pagenaud
FCR – P. Tracy
FCR – O. Servia (replaced by D. Martinez) (nationality quota)
Conquest – J. Heylen (replaced by N. Phillipe) (money)
Minardi – R. Doornbos
Minardi – D. Clarke
DCR – B. Junqueira
DCR – K. Legge
rocketsports – A. Tagliani
PCM – R. Dalziel (replaced by M. Dominguez) (nationality quota/money)
PCM – A. Figge

This of course is all subject to change right up until race day. (wish I was joking, but you all know thats not far from the truth)

Not only have the drivers been playing a cruel game of musical chairs, but the teams and the series players have been cleaning house behind the scenes too. If you’re dropping by OZ to see an old friend on a team or on staff, call first… just sayin is all.

While I’m glad to wake up this morning to see Servia in a seat to continue to earn the valuable points that will hopefully help to secure a seat for next year, I’m sad that yet another driver falls by the wayside due to “money issues” or whatever the excuse du jour is and I’m sad that he is not continuing his journey with the team and crew that took him this far this season, for everyone’s sake.

If this were a constructor series, then the drivers really wouldn’t rank high on the importance scale, but this is a spec series. Same car, same engine, same tires… the ONE variable is the driver! It’s the one thing that you can place your bets on, pin your hopes on, put your support behind as a fan. My series cap collection is like the boulevard of broken dreams. Seriously sad. They should just put a little dry erase board panel on of all the team swag so the fans can just insert the name of whomever is driving on any given weekend.

team swag suggestion