I’m giddy like a school girl right now!
The worst kept secret is being officially announced via webcast on IndyCar.com. (again, kudos to IndyCar for being leaps and bounds more technically adept than Champ Car ever was in this area)
I’m pretty sure Paul is wearing a Vision Racing golf shirt… (my mind is doing sommersaults)
PT: Enjoyed spending time with his family, not something he’s been afforded the luxury of over the years. Lots of talk about being competitive, thanks to the new sponsor (which hasn’t been announced yet but I believe it is rumoured to be Boston Pizza) and to Tony.
Derrick: Thanks to Tony, new sponsor, Paul, makes joke about Paul being bald just like him. Not going in to Edmonton with any illusions, but just want to get the best out of the car and make the best of the situation. More eluding to this being a direct marketing ploy to help the Canadian races.
Mark Bamford: Such a polite Canadian man. LOL! referred to them all as “Mr”.
*drumroll* unveiling of the new sponsor….
Subway!! oooh cool! I had Subway for breakfast yesterday! I can support them for sure! Subway sammiches washed down by Monster! The perfect meal!
Hey it’s Jared!! LOL! Gee I wonder if they will put Paul on the Subway diet!
Fielding questions now from the press: (who all sound like they are 100yrs old)
Question about being out of the car so long: Paul doesn’t foresee a problem considering his years of experience in these types of cars.
Question about the Edmonton track: Nice PT gives major props to the track and the CDN fans.
dunh dunh dunh: The inevitable Indy 500 question: Paul takes the high road. Class act. Tony shifts uncomfortably… Speaks about “looking forward”, sincerely hopes that Walker and PT can participate beyond Edmonton. (maybe another race this year, and hopefully a full effort for next year)
Question: “is there a back up car for Paul” LOL! that made PT grin.
Question: Derrick will you be calling strategy for Paul? Yes. They have a full effort for the weekend between the Atlantic squad and the IndyCar squad.
Question: Paul’s observations about the transition teams so far. Talks about the 5 yr disparity between the teams, $$, windtunnel testing etc..
Question: (robin Miller… I’d recognize his voice anywhere!) is Paul’s continuing contingient on Paul’s results this weekend? TG: Everything is just a one race commitment at this point, not based on performance, but based on timing. Would like to see it evolve though
Question to Walker: How does it feel to be back in big league competition. Walker: makes a quip about the IndyCar train leaving the station and he and Paul not being on it. He and Paul are a couple of old renegades looking to get back on the train!
Conference over, but they are keeping the video rolling so we can watch the photo ops. Damn, Jared’s a big guy! Makes Paul look little!
haha… my pal Pat Caporali just handed Paul his Indy Car hardcard. Too fucking funny. I feel like I’m in bizzaro world.
oops… camera is moving… nice ceiling… nice floor… ok… feeling nauseas now… and *click* that’s all folks.
off to write it up!
EDIT: So I just have to say… around my little circles of racing friends, the general consensus has been “meh”. Lot’s of indifference, and lack of interest where IndyCar is concerned. (many not even watching or remembering to watch the races)
Today however, my inbox and facebook walls and messages are filled with glee and excitement over the announcement that Paul is back in a car. Just think of how much more interesting this season could have (and should have) been. It’s a fucking crime what was done to him out of pettiness and egos. This is but a small step to righting the wrongs. One will NOT be enough. Keep him in that ride for at least one more race. (how bout Detroit??? )
I am sooooooooooo happy about the Edmonton flight confirmation in my inbox right now. You have no idea. Well, those of you that know me or are regular readers may have an inkling of what this means for me 😉
Following this season as a writer has never felt more like a job than it has this year. Next weekend, I get to feel like a fan again. The thrill is back! (literally and figuratively)
This is going to feel like an excruciatingly long two weeks. LOL!