Monthly Archives: July 2008

A rebirth in Canada…

So I was having a little side chat with Jeff from my name is irl the other day and got a bit bloggy in my reply to him regarding the kerfuffle between The Princess and Milka and how it will bring eyes and attention to the Edmonton race that had no attention from the American IndyCar crowd last year. (well, duh, of course it didn’t, it was a Champ Car event, why would any of you have watched? OH the fantastic racing, awesome cars, talented drivers and great Canadian crowd??… oops… side tracked there… hehe)

Anyway, this was my reply and I felt it warranted a little bloggy discussion:

I get what you’re saying, and maybe that will be enough to get you murican’s to tune in for the WWF’ness of it all, but truthfully it’s a non-story here in Canada. Actually, the whole damn race/season/series is a non story here in Canada this year unfortunately. PT is getting a little press right now which is good. But motorsports is fading fast up here sadly. Hopefully with Edmonton and Toronto, and potentially PT fulltime next year we can start to rebuild our fractured racing culture. Hell, the only races I’ve seen some of my local “legit” motorsports journalist compadres at have been Nascar events. (legit as in paper and paid!)

Their editors aren’t interested in open wheel stories. Hell, even the Nascar stuff is cut to shreds. It’s pretty sad. These are the guys that have been the eyes and ears of motorsports for decades in the major newspapers, and they are being relegated to one tiny column a week if that and all Nascar all the time.

wow.. I just got all bloggy there! LOL! (might have to turn this one into a blog actually… )

Of course if my “beloved Chrome Horn” says or does something ridiculous this weekend (which is always a possibility), it’ll play… But I think he will be in full focus mode as he wants to produce a half decent result that he can use as collateral. The Princess may try to pull a pitlane encounter with him for her own ratings, but she’ll have to get by me first (I’ll be in his pits working the whole time) And I’m just as focused on his future, and will not give a second thought to snapping her like a twig. (Don’t mess with the big gal on her home turf… just sayin is all)

So, twig snapping aside, the point is that it’s going to take a lot more than a Danitantrum every week to rescue open wheel racing in Canada. This weekend’s event is very important as it is almost like starting from scratch, and will be the foundation for IndyCar to build upon in Canada.

more later…

I know y’all are just waiting…

for my take on this

I had to let it mull for a bit. I actually thought… “fuck it” and really couldn’t be bothered, but then insomnia crept in, and it’s far too late to be walking around my apt accomplishing anything. (neighbours wouldn’t appreciate that) so… here goes…

Let me just say that if his spiked hair and goatee and George Hamilton tan didn’t already scream “mid-life crisis”, then his goo-goo eyed, bordering on inappropriate lust for The Princess seals the deal. His venomous launch against Milka also screams.. “scorned and rejected”, but maybe that’s just my take.

There are so many things wrong with that piece (well the entire premise for one) that it’s really hard to point out any one thing.

First and foremost, can anyone else say racist? inappropriate use of racial stereotypes in a negative way? “yip yip yip”, “charo”, “Chihuahua”. Come on Jack… did you really need to stoop to that level, on the Series main website??? If you were doing a little blog elsewhere, you would probably get a pass… but as an official spokesperson for the series?? nope, sorry.

As much as I can’t stand Danica, I would never get away with that type of profiling remark on OWW.net.

Uncalled for. Unprofessional. And considering who it was on behalf of, ironic.

*disclaimer: when i referred to Milka as the Charo of IndyCar a few posts back, it was in reference to her charming, welcoming demeanor with fans. Always smiling, always friendly. I grew up with Charo. I love Charo. Give me a Charo-centric Love Boat episode an I’m in heaven! but I digress… *

“but the bottom line is that Patrick was in the right in this one. Milka overreacted.”

ya riiiiiiiiiiiiiight. Tell ya what Jack, when I see you in Edmonton this week, I’m going to storm down pitlane towards you with a cameraman in tow (how convenient that there just happened to be someone filming that huh?), then I’m going to make a big gesture of slamming my water bottle down and lean right in your face and the first thing out of my mouth is going to be (quoted verbatim from Danica):

You have no fucking idea what you are doing out there!!

Now you tell me Jack, will you overract in return? I know I fucking would. She just came to talk my ASS.

“Patrick is refreshingly old school. He father, T.J., taught her to settle her differences with fellow drivers person to person. Don’t go running to the officials.

And I quote Ms. Patrick from said video again: (said in a neener neener manner as she stomped away)

you know what then, Brian Barnhart is going to talk to you, he’ll take care of it”

Yes, well if you’re going to tattle on her anyway (even though you’re old school and have been taught otherwise) why not just let him do his job in the first place and concentrate on becoming a better driver yourself Ms. Blocky McBlockerson.

“Is there a negative bias by some media folks when it comes to D.P.? I’m beginning to believe so.”

I can’t believe he typed that with a straight face. Are you fucking kidding me? The Princess has been and still for the most part gets a free pass from everyone and Arute is the biggest fucking offender there.

I guarandamntee that if it were one of the backmarker male drivers going after the other male drivers week after week, and making stupid mistakes (which could lead to serious injury in some cases) week after week. The words “old school’ and “plucky” and “media bias” wouldn’t come into play.

As John Stossel would say: “Gimme a fucking break”

(ok, when he says it, the word fucking is implied, but you know there are outtakes somewhere… )

Jack, you’re a Fanica. We get it. Just admit it. But don’t try to cram it down our throats in the name of some sort of journalism, or question everyone else’s journalistic integrity in the process. Puleeese.

Listen I’m the first to come to the defense of “my beloved chrome horn” (*winks at Jeff) if I feel he is being unjustly attacked, but when he sticks his head up his ass and does something ridiculous (*cough* San Jose *cough* ) I call him on it just like everyone else.

I could continue…. but…

I’m going to give the final word to Michael Knight, a man who I hope someday to meet in person as his columns are like my home study course in the world of motorsports journalism and PR. (if you don’t already have him bookmarked, please add him now)

From todays entry:

* Baseball will have some on-field scuffles during the season. But you would never see a player from one team enter the opponent’s dugout. Managers/coaches/players from both teams, as well as the umpires, would stop him.

That’s the equivalent of what Danica Patrick is doing, invading a different team’s pit area, no matter what side of the wall she occupies. This, among other things, represents a failure by team management (we’ve long ago passed the point of expecting the PR people to do the correct thing) and IRL officials. From the standpoint of PROFESSIONALISM, the question must be asked (again) in the aftermath of her “talk” with Milka Duno Saturday at Mid-Ohio: WHY was Danica ever allowed into another team’s pit stall? (Monday night, Bill O’Reilly included Patrick in his “Pinhead” segment.)

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an apology…

For those who attempt to read this blog on a crackberry…(She says while attempting her first mobile blog entry in preparation for *live* pitbox/trackside mini updates this weekend)

I read one of my blog posts on my crackberry and dayum!… I’m a wordy bitch when I wanna be!! Lol!

Honda Indy 200 *Live* race blog

Well kids… this could be an interesting day no? What’s the over/under on the race being pre-empted due to the British Open? What about the fact that it’s raining at the track currently?
Add that to the ALMS race being aired on NBC (nice of them to wait until today to air it) and the F1 race airing on FOX all at the same time and well, the ratings should be positively abominable!

Ok… off to get myself all settled for race time. (there had better be a cold beer or two in my fridge… just sayin is all)

back for race time

1:40pm: Gotta love Golf recaps… like the live golf isn’t boring enough… zzzzzzzz. Nothing happening on track yet. Some interviews, lots of standing around, recaps from last year, etc… The camera is fixated on Milka. Are they expecting her to suddenly bound down pitlane and attack? Are they expected The Princess to pay a visit? Too funny. oooh… they are replaying the interview from yesterday. LOL! omg… it’s even funnier to hear it. You go girl!

NO guys.. it’s NOT great PR for the IndyCar series! geesh… ok.. moving on.

Hey! Townsend Bell! I’m so happy he’s driving next weekend! TB, PT and Viso! LOL! Total festival of carbon fiber potential there!

1:46pm: pasty white fat guys without shirts… blech. We really don’t need to see that.
I am admittedly impressed by the number of people still there to watch. Of course you have all the folks that would have gone to Cleveland who likely made the trip out, desperate for a little on track action, no matter the vehicle.

1:49pm: the obligatory Danica shot… (first of many I’m sure) *checks tv…* yup… still a bunch of golf dudes

1:57pm: “Drivers start your engines” (wow, they sound shitty…LOL) Looks like the track is drying rather quickly. Look for a festival of pitting pretty early on. Damn! Where’s my beer??? brb

2:03pm: Cars on track for their installation laps… sun is shining… loving the aerial view.

2:04pm: Green Green Green!!! looks like everyone got thru cleanly. Nice.

2:05pm: Wilson gets around Marco for 3rd sweet! Helio way out in front. Briscoe looks to be slowing the pack down. Ooh Wilson up to 2nd.. nice! Now Dixon, who also has jumped a few positions is now all over the back of Briscoe. Hate to say it, but damn these cars look slow. I really hope it’s track conditions and tires…

2:10pm: JUSTIN IN THE LEAD!!! FUCKING SWEET!!!

2:13pm: well… that sucked. :headondeskbanging:

2:15pm: I haven’t got a fucking clue what is going on. LOL! Dominguez does some off-roading. Saves it (creatively)

2:17pm: RHR and Bernoldi bring outing the full course caution over cooking it into the turn.

2:19pm: LOL… here we go… the obligatory Danicawatch! Ooh.. good for her, she’s gone from 20th to 17th! Alert the media!

2:20pm: LOL! the full soap opera tape. Of course she’s getting a pass. “you can make up your own mind as to who’s side you want to take”… hmm… let me think… I pick Milka. Good for her for calling her on the bullshit and making a show of it. I love how taken a back The Princess was that Milka didn’t cower in her presence… too funny.

2:24pm: Is everyone on some wacky pit strategy? How the hell did Briscoe and Wilson end up in 14/15th??

2:29pm: Is this the race that Meira finally breaks through? Will Manning get around him for the win that eludes him? Will they take each other out and gift the win to Will Power making today an Aussie Sweep?

2:34pm: So the real question is… was there irreparable damage to Bernoldi’s car, or did he just say fuck it and walk away? Where is my fricken beer??? (I keep getting distracted by on track shenanigans when I start to head to the fridge)
Buddy Rice had a major FUBAR moment in the pits… that sucks.

2:38pm: Tires and fuel for Briscoe. (new strategy for the Penske driver)

2:39pm: oops Mario Moraes stalled in the pits… OOOPS… Mario Dominguez has a major wing failure. Luckily it was in a good area with a big run off of kitty litter. Bad mojo for dudes named Mario!!

2:42pm: Tyler… LOL.. poor guy. They are gonna try to get him fixed and back out there. (is it wrong that it looks better without the rear wing?)

2:44pm: Festival of pitting! Holy crap. As P-dog would say, clown cars everywhere! Viso hits a tire from Rahal’s pit box, airborne but continues. Foyt IV, who can’t buy a break, gets caught up in someone’s airgun hose and comes to a grinding hault in the middle of pitlane. Order is shuffled coming out of the pits Power, Castroneves, Dixon, Meira

2:50pm Wilson in the lead, (on a way different strategy however) Green Green Green!

2:52pm The Least spins unassisted and drops to the back of the pack.

2:54pm So Wilson and Wheldon on one strategy. Briscoe and Moraes on another. (LOL) and the rest of the pack on another.

2:56pm 20 of 26 cars on the lead lap. Marty Roth isn’t one of them. :mocks surprise: Justin pulling away to a huge gap! (he will have to make a green flag pit and get back out for position, so he’s gaining as much of an advantage as he can) ooh… everyone is on commercial break! *makes a dash for the fridge!!!*

2:59pm Fastest lap of the race so far to Wilson. ooops! Duno spins and stalls on track. Wheldon on the closed pit lane (fucked up his strategy) was about to pit. Wilson could be fubared now. too bad, as he built up that amazing lead. Wilson in and out. Clean stop. Wheldon back in. We’ll see how this plays out.

3:03pm for those who care, I’m now enjoying a frosty Nickel Brook Green Apple Pilsener. It’s a cross between a cider and a beer. It’s most refreshing on a humid summer afternoon.

3:04pm So, Milka has been started, gone to the pits, gone back out, and yet still… we are under yellow. Why is that??? BTW… race leader is Briscoe, followed by Moraes! hehe. Go little Mario. I ask again… WHY ARE WE STILL UNDER YELLOW?????

3:08pm Apparently we stayed yellow for and interview between The Lesser and The Least.

3:09pmGreen Green Green CRASH CRASH CRASH! Dominguez gets into Wilson who spins, which bunches up the field. Foyt gets into and spins Wheldon, The Least tries to avoid everyone and drives under Wilson. YELLOW YELLOW YELLOW

3:13pm Wilson in and back out. Wheldon in and back out. Apparently Dominguez was supposed to give Wilson the corner then had “handling issues” okey dokey then. Looks like The Least is done for the day. Wheldon is in and out a second time. Strategy officially FUBARED.

3:17pm GREEN GREEN GREEN! Let’s see if we can race like big boys and girls shall we?

3:23pm 34 laps to go… Kanaan is starting to get racy. LOL! OOps… Rahal spins on his own. He is trying frantically to get someone to refire and point him in the right direction. Local yellow. LOL… Rahal pulls out right into Dominguez! oops. Neither are damaged, and keep running.

3:27pmBriscoe pits from the lead. In and out cleanly. Moraes leads! BAWHAHA! I love Coyne!

3:29pm ooh… here comes Power… he’s gonna try to get around Moraes. (which is silly, cause Moraes is stopping) In and out. Good boy!

3:30pm Will Power takes over the lead. Marty Roth runs out of what little talent he possesses and over cooks it and takes himself off track.

3:32pmOh… Viso’s car is toast! Can’t get it to stay fired. Major suckage! Power pits from the lead, in and out clean.

3:33pm Briscoe somehow has taken over the lead again. Viso has now lost 3 laps. Apparently a clutch issue. He is still stuck on pitlane.

3:35pm OH… Full course yellow. Moraes overcooks it, goes off into the kitty litter and is done for the day. Heartbreak! He was doing soooo well!! Damn.

3:42pm 21 laps to go GREEN GREEN GREEN! Briscoe, Junky, Castroneves (potential podium)

3:45pm Come on Briscoe! Give my buddy Gary a great ending to his Canadian adventure!!

3:49pm 14 laps to go… Just confirmed that Junky will be about 5 laps short on fuel if it stays green. :(

3:51pm Wheldon will apparently let Power go if he can catch him… guess we’ll see… Edit: not an issue as Wheldon is back on pit lane…

3:53pm Coyne hoping for a yellow… Milka? Marty? AJ? help a brother out?

3:54pm Going the distance. Not a timed race. 10 laps to go.

3:55pm Bruno being called in for a flash and go Edit: OOPs! LOL… that would be a Splash and go!

3:57pm hmmm… wonder if will has anything for Dixon? Doubtful. This is Briscoe’s race to lose at this point. HUGE gap between him and Helio. (poor Helio… he’s having a Bridesmaid season)

4:00pm Dixon is getting racy with Helio. Wilson getting racy with The Princess. Servia getting racy with Power… hmmm… that could get ugly.

4:02pm 3 to go… Briscoe is out for a country drive. Dixon is desperately trying to catch Helio.

4:06pmWIN WIN WIN!! Go Briscoe!!!!

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Ok.. I’m officially kicking myself for not being in Mid-Ohio right now! Aussie win in Lights. Aussie win in IndyCar. Aussie Friends at the track. Damn Damn Damn! Of course I would have had to leave before any serious drinking could be done anyway. So maybe it’s a blessing in disguise! LOL! Gary, I want serious details when you get home!

Ok… my bum is numb, must get up and move about. Got to do my laundry and finish my pre-pack for Edmonton. (Thursday is going to sneak up on me quicker than I think…) If I have time, I’ll post prior to then, but otherwise I will be coming to you LIVE Edmonton in 3.5 days!!

Cheers!

we interrupt this racing blog…

to bring you a little blogger to blogger shout out :ScottyPruettttwothumbsup:

One of the very first of the “IRL” bloggers to reach out, say hello and sort of welcome me into the “brotherhood” if you will, was the witty fella who fills the pages of Is it May Yet? with information, witticisms and horrifying photoshops of Graham Rahal and Paul Tracy… LOL.

Well, in his spare time, he’s one of those brainiac types, and this weekend he got a little shout out from another blog… the NASA blog! (no… not NASCAR… NASA!!)

There’s a lot of talk about algorithms and infrared thingamabobs, and all sorts of other stuff that is way over my head but I got the gist: Storms = bad, Will’s research = good!

Bottom line is, NASA is impressed and so am I! And so should y’all be!

Congrats Will! That’s very cool and you should be very proud.
I wish you much success with your research.

and the hits just keep on coming…

no, no one slugged Flash-in-the-panica yet… but I’ll keep ya posted ;)

David Phillips is reporting that Forsythe Racing is set to enter IndyCar and ALMS as soon as 2009.

OH the meltdowns are going to be epic!

Not that I’m ok with it. I mean I’m ok with them joining all of those series. I’m not ok with the way it’s come about and the damage done in the process.

All the drama and political posturing and legal wrangling and derailing of drivers careers (yes, driverS plural. There were three drivers left on the sidelines with their thumbs up their ass when FCR decided to balk on the transition) For what? What was really accomplished in all of that? I’d be curious to know. Guess that will be one of my first interview question next season…

Just when you think…

you can’t possibly think less of someone… they go and do something that sinks them lower than the gutter you had already placed them.

Apparently this bloke got a phone call from his mate at the track:

From The Pit Lane

Everyone loves a cat fight and we’ve had one at Mid Ohio and it could have major conseaquences for Danica Patrick

Milka Duno blocked her on track which angered Patrick (who of course never blocks)

they then clashed again later in practice as Patrick dived down the inside of Duno from a long way back and they nearly made contact

as they were both in the pits Patrick entered the pit garage of Duno who initially apologised but Danica wasn’t done

an arguement started which escalated and according to IMS radio Danica became abusive and apparently spat in Duno’s face, which is an incredebly dismissive and nasty thing to Do

Duno wiped her face and then apparently told Danica to get out of her pit garage

Danica was escorted from the garage by Dreyer and Reinbold officials and also Buddy Rice, who is a personal friend of her’s

Duno’s team owner Robbie Buhl has reported Patrick to the IRL and Duno has also made a statement

Co owner Dennis Reinbold has just been interview and said it was one of the worst incidents he’s seen as Patrick’s tirade he desribed as ‘vicious’

we’ll hear more of this…

a friend of mine who is at the track has told me that it’s this incident is the buzz of the place

I want to get a properly confirmed story on this before we start going on at Patrick and also if Duno said something to set her off

We need more info

he further added:

Just a note here guys

the post above is now all over various IndyCar related sites

I can’t take any credit for the report as it was my mate that phoned it in too me but i’m slightly worried that we are getting linked but not credited for the content…

i await futher developments……

once again, i am still waiting for a CONFIRMED report of what happened before I give my own opinion

of course, as with any hearsay story, there are a couple of different versions. No matter the version this story has legs. I had actually heard it mentioned on ESPN during qualies long before I saw this post. (of course they piled on Milka for her on track actions but carefully avoided saying anything about Skankica) The point of contention with the Danicamaniacs of course is the spitting, and whether or not it happened. To me, it’s a moot point.

Regardless of whether or not she spit, this was yet another confrontation by little miss pissy pants on another driver, in another driver’s pit/garage area. This is supposed to be a professional sport. This is your place of work. There are rules of conduct and of professionalism. If it were a male driver or less cherished/protected driver pulling this bullshit week in and week out, there would be hell to pay. Punishments, fines, etc… But because it is the sainted one, nada.

While the fact that she merely threw a towel at her only further serves to prove just how classy Milka is (I will be sure to go out of my way to tell her so next weekend) part of me wishes she had thrown a punch and knocked that petulant little bitch on her ass on behalf of all the guys she has confronted, as she is the only one who would actually be able to get away with it without legal/social ramifications.

Hey Danican’t! You got a problem with a driver on the track? Either become a better driver, improve & get out of the situation yourself or take it up with the officials. That’s their job. If it’s a legitimate claim, they will do something about it. But this storming up and down pitlane and physically and verbally abusing your fellow competitors is wearing thin, especially when you are FAR from perfection on track or off track. (just ask any of the crew members you have sent to the medical centre this year) (the Coyne crew member is STILL NOT back FYI)

The fact that the series mouthpieces turns a blind eye to all of her infractions and can’t shut their fucking mouths about her is beyond my comprehension. The entire second grouping of the first session, they blathered on and on about her, hardly mentioning the other 11 drivers in the group. (which reminds me I have to boot up the IMS radio separately now that we are being force fed Snot Goodsnooze and Smarmy Sloth’s “All Danica all the time” commentary online during the qualies)

Newsflash! Not everyone gives a flying fuck about bitchy barbie. Stop talking about her unless she actually does something of accomplishment on the track! And for the love of God, stop telling me I have to vote for her for the Espy’s, or the Teen Choice awards, or whatever the hell other contrived or undeserving accolades she is being showered with! When she does something worthy, on or off track, of earning my respect and my vote, only then I will I be motivated to do so.

GAH! Enough!!!

If I hear anything further I’ll update y’all.

EDIT: Curt Cavin digs a little deeper

hehe… my favorite quote:

“I don’t like the show she likes in every race weekend,” she said. “She can push the guys because they cannot do anything to her, but she cannot push me. We meet on equal condition (as women), and I know what kind of character I have.

“I know if somebody pushes me and finds my bad side they are going to get a problem.”

Push her Danica PUSH HER! *snicker*

Damn… all the good stuff happens on the weekends I’m at home.

Oh, and another thought… for those using the fact that Milka is off pace and quite frankly out of her league on track as a means to defend Morticia, its irrelevant!!! First of all, every series has back markers. If you don’t want back markers, start paying the quality drivers rather than accepting cheques from the less than drivers. Secondly, whatever her skill level on track is, that is something to take up with the officials or owner to owner. Not to go all WWF in the pits over. I thought it was bullshit when Champ Car used Tags and Sebass’ temper tantrums against PT for publicity, and I think it is equally bullshit for IndyCar to allow the same thing to happen with Danitantrum’s weekly diatribes. It’s embarrassing.