Monthly Archives: October 2007

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… ”

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

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

Public service announcement

Lest you think the season ended 2 months ago in Europe… there is a race this weekend.

I’ll let you digest that much first…

is this heaven?…

no… it’s Iowa.

“Field of Dreams” One of the most quintessential sports movies and one of my personal faves. You know those ones? The if it’s on tv, you watch it sort of movies. Anyway… It’s on. So I’m watching it.

There is a scene where we are introduced to the “Shoeless Joe” character early in the movie, and he is waxing on wistfully about playing baseball. He’s describing the little nuances of being at the stadium, like the smell of the leather glove and the sound of the bustling of the crowd. “I would have played for food money… *pause*… I would have played for free”

Maybe it’s the red wine taking hold of my brain tonight, but I began thinking about racing. I began picturing drivers and fans, young and old, waxing poetic about the first time they were at the track, or behind the wheel. I began thinking about my own visceral memories of the track. That first time the boys fire up the engine in the paddock on the first day of the race weekend. The smell of the concession stands mixed in with the heady scent of methanol. The hair standing on end on my arms the first time Paul peels out of his pit box past me on Friday morning.

“I would have written about it for food money… *pause*… I would have written about it for free”

Oh wait… I did! I do! And I still will.

“If you build it, they will come”


Build our series goddamn it!!! Please!! Somebody!! But Do it right! If you do that, and with the same passion we all possess in our souls about this ridiculous sport, WE WILL COME!

Ease our pain.

This thing is still salvageable, we are not lost. We the fans are standing in our proverbial corn fields waiting for a sign. We know the potential. We know we have a good product. But Champ Car right now is akin to the 8 baseball playing ghosts on the field of dreams that no one knows about. Only we the Champ Car fans believe in it, so we are the only ones who see it. We look insane to outsiders.

Go the distance

Something has to happen. Something drastic to get the attention of the rest of the world. To make believers out of them.

Ray, people will come Ray. They’ll come to Iowa for reasons they can’t even fathom. They’ll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they’re doing it. They’ll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, we won’t mind if you look around, you’ll say. It’s only $20 per person. They’ll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they’ll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They’ll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they’ll watch the game and it’ll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they’ll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh… people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.

Red wine epiphany: Change Iowa to Indy or Road America or Milwaukee. Change baseball to auto racing. Read it again. Do you see it??

I do.

You know we just don’t recognize the most significant moments of our lives while they’re happening. Back then I thought, well, there’ll be other days. I didn’t realize that that was the only day.

“like sands through the hourglass…”

Holy fuck. As if there wasn’t enough drama with American Open wheel and the clusterfuck that is Champ Car at the moment, but now we get to watch the fanbase absolutely imploding. It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

The saddest part is it was completely predictable and completely preventable.

You reap what you sow folks, and guess what… it’s harvest time.

well… looks like I’ll be going to Montreal next year

So that makes Ranger, Patreek, Jacques, Dario, Juan, Tags (most likely) between the CDN and US napcar versions.

4 French CDN drivers … that place will be off the hook with energy.

I really can’t see myself watching any of the oval races (which are real snores) but I will tune in to the road courses and maybe check out a couple. (MTL, Trois Rivieres, Mosport, maybe Edmonton)

Hey Stephen? You gonna join me?