Monthly Archives: November 2008

tis the time of the season…

to decorated your tree and do some good while you’re at it!

So, I spent the better part of my evening putting up my holiday decorations, drinking, carefully unwrapping and hanging all of my most prized ornaments that I’ve collected over the years, drinking, making a mental fantasy wish list as if Santa hadn’t lost my address years go, DRINKING… and then I realized I didn’t have any racing themed ornaments! Wha??

Then I remembered that Cara Charities does a special collectible ornament every year…

Well imagine my gleeful surprise to discover this years was designed by none other than my PT!

It will be a while before I’m able to toss any extra cash towards one myself, but I strongly urge those of you with means, and the desire to put a little racing into your holiday celebrations, to check out the link above (click the pic!).

If you don’t want the fabu PT helmet (how could you not?!), there are a bunch of others there from previous years, as well as other goodies. Best part is the the proceeds go to charity!

ok… back to drinking …  er… “decorating”

What are the odds…

of having not one, but two of your fellow competitors drive over you? Talk about feeling like an actual moving chicane…

Luckily no one was hurt (other than their pride)

and no, I’m not going to take this opportunity to rag on the “The Least”. (what’s this?!? a kinder, gentler Meesh??) For one, I don’t think he is to blame on this one. Yes, he has made some questionable moves in the past, but there was definitely something off about this start. (stop…start…stop…) Come to think of it, I thought A1GP did standing starts?

I’m actually wishing Marco all this best this season. (no I’m not drunk or being held under duress)
I think the kid has potential. I also think that without The Princess and all her drama milling about the paddock, Michael and the crew will be able to actually concentrate on coaching and developing the youngest Andretti spawn. I think he will learn how to drive aggressively, but cleanly over there, and I think we will see a more mature and accomplished driver return stateside for 09.

On a personal note, I stepped away from the computer and more specifically from racing for a bit after the last post. Just needed a little hiatus. I also, hopefully temporarily, no longer have cable or a dedicated internet feed, so I’m a little limited in what I can follow racing wise. (as much as Speed and TSN piss me off, it really sucks not being able to watch them)

I have managed to pick up some work (thank god!), but the feast or famine story of my life, I now haven’t had a day off since the 12th, and likely won’t see one until January.

At any rate, I’m going to make the rounds and catch up on what’s been happening and do a bit more of an update little later in the week.

Where’s the good news?!?

Where is the off season buzz? the motivation, the anticipation, the growth?!?

The transition year is over. That was supposed to be the hard part…

(Ok, I think I’ve typed enough to now safely swear on my own page and not the sidebar of yours…)

so WHAT THE FUCK?!?

Current economic situation aside… Unification was supposed to fix this bullshit, yet here we are, same shit different season. Politics and scheming, sponsors bailing, good drivers without rides, races disappearing…

FUCK!

I’m so fucking sick of the doom and gloom. I’m sick of building it up and supporting it unconditionally only to have it blow up in my face. I’m sick of having to watch 27 different series via my computer just to watch the drivers I champion, as they are spread out over hells half acres because they can’t get a decent ride in their own backyard in the genre of the sport they should be driving in.

This is supposed to be fun. This is supposed to be my escape. Instead, while my own life collapses around me, I spend my spare time (of which I have waaay to fucking much of right now) writing about the shitstorm that is American open wheel.

Seems like every fucking week another driver’s mugshot is being circulated. Whispers of teams dissolving (Coyne), and drivers unsigned (everyone that doesn’t drive for Penske or Ganassi) permeate behind the scenes.

While we watch what’s left of a once great sport circle the drain, the lunatic fringe are chanting “die, die, die” while hoisting their “we will rise up again bigger and better and newer and truer”.

Get your heads out of your asses! Starting another series is not the answer, it’s not going to fix this. (and good luck with that by the way…cuz apparently Uncle Kev and Uncle “principled” Jerry are not playing nice in the sale of the cossies) That GreenPrix series just got a fuck of a lot more green as right now they are empty chassis’ with zero emissions. So much for that “demonstration lap” in Savannah next weekend eh? (wonder if any of the pie in the skyers noticed that the 3-day event quietly became a 2 day event and all mentions of the demo laps have disappeared…)

I’m tired and I’m grumpy and I’m stressed so I’m venting.

I want some driver announcements.
I want some promotion.
I want some good spin.
I want to see a big roll out from Versus.
I want to know that I will still have a viable open wheel series to follow and enjoy for years to come.

I want… I want this horrible fucking year to be done with.

off to study the in’s and out’s of sports cars as it looks like that’s where all of the my favorite drivers are headed.

wake me up in January…

is he or isn’t he…

Yesterday the interweb was a buzz with the bombshell that Craig Gore had quit racing! I was suffering from a headache and a slight case of WGAF, so I didn’t write about it.

Low and behold this morning the following drops into my inbox…

STATEMENT FROM CRAIG GORE

Craig Gore, Queensland businessman and co-founder of Team Australia, wishes to make the following statement in concern to media reports today in Australia regarding his future involvement in motorsport.

“I have not made any announcement regarding my retirement from motorsport,” said Gore.

“I did state that I was taking time this week in Byron Bay to reflect upon things and my future after a life threatening illness and that if it came down to having to make a choice, I would prefer to spend time with my kids rather than go racing. I made no comment of whether I discussed this with my family or close friends. I considered this conversation to be in confidence.

“I also stated that I had discussed my position with my partners, Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser.

“If there is a Surfers Paradise IndyCar Series event I will work with my current partners to bring Team Australia to the event with Will Power as our driver.

“I have no control and no influence over the event, the possibility of the IndyCar Series competing at Surfers Paradise or the continuing negotiations.

“I have and will continue to support the event and the team in any way I can until the outcome of these negotiations is clear.

“I did state that I had considered this event to be my last if there was not an outcome that would see the IndyCar Series return to Surfers Paradise.

“I also stated that I was not using this to bluff either the State Government or the Indy Racing League into reaching an outcome.

“I deeply regret this attention, which may have had a negative impact on the IndyCar Series, the event and the many great sponsors of our team. Most importantly I deeply regret any impact this may have had on the team and its partners.

“I am disappointed by the reports in the media today but it would not be the first time I have been disappointed by the way media has dealt with my answers. For the record, I was answering questions asked and there was no announcement being made by me.

“Giving up is not my style and I intend to fight and offer any and all resources to help keep this event on the Gold Coast and to develop Team Australia into a championship-winning operation.”

So, it appears the rumours of his demise have been greatly exaggerated… or have they?

Grain of salt time…

Over the past season, particularly prior to the mergification, we experienced a few of these “official statement” retractions the day after a story broke in the media. More often than not however, in hindsight, the original story would turn out to be true.
(Note to owners/drivers: there is NO SUCH THING is a completely confidential off the record conversation, unless you use pre-determined code phrases like “between you and I”, and even then, only between your most trusted confidants)

Put it this way, if it wasn’t true yesterday/today, the fallout from the news will likely push it into fruition soon anyway.

Potential chain reaction ramifications?

Well, the IRLista (fans, media, etc…) hated Australia. And even if they did enjoy it, they won’t admit it. So without a millionaire funding it, and a team to support it, a great event is likely going to be lost to indifference and economic woes.

Without the event, “Team Australia” kinda loses some steam, unless they go the route of “Visit Mexico” and use the car as a giant tourism billboard.

I think Servia is comfortably locked in at KV Technology should they continue, but without Team Australia and Gore’s funding, Will Power could find himself roaming the paddock with his helmet under his arm like so many of his peers before him. His results and performance this season certainly didn’t light the world on fire, nor did it particularly impress his boss Kalkhoven, who was openly frustrated with his Toowoomba hot shoe.

I guess this gets tossed on the silly season pile to ferment a little while longer…

To the victor(s) go the spoils…

The IndyCar and Firestone Indy Lights gang are in Lost Wages tonight whooping it up at their end of season celebration at the Palms Casino Resort.

IndyCar made a point of inviting fans to watch the awards portion of the event live exclusively on http://www.indycar.com via streaming video. Log on at 11:37 p.m. (ET) Nov. 5.
And I made sure to spread the word!

So I was all prepared to watch the stream and take notes, live blog, the whole nine yards.
I booted up the site, clicked on the “watch live” link, got the swanky holding page and then this:

This version of the Conviva LivePass is not supported on your operating system

NEWSFLASH: A GREAT MANY MOTORSPORTS FANS ARE MAC USERS. IT’S 2000-FUCKING-8! THERE IS TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE THAT WORKS ACROSS ALL PLATFORMS. SEEK IT OUT!

Once again my “fan” experience is akin to a kick in the teeth.
Well, fuck you very much.

So there ya go. I’m sure they all looked dapper in their suits. I’m sure there were some funny moments. I’m sure they picked up trophies and cheques. And I’m sure there will be a handful pictures that don’t capture any of it, along with one or two of the most boring, generic quotes posted on IndyCar.com tomorrow. And now I’m too pissed off to even care anymore.

I hope I won’t be made to feel like a hypocrite next season, by supporting and lauding this series, when they consistently drop the ball on the most simple things.