Figured since I was up so early and sitting here in my office waiting for qualies to start, (my home internet cacked out this week) I would plonk some thoughts down in the old bloggy blog.
So, I was actually at the last race in person, thus no live blog, (which has apparently fallen out of fashion amongst the cool kids… whatever, I’m gonna keep on doing it) but since I’m like that dude that plays all the instruments when I’m at the track, there was no time for blogging. At the track I spent a lot of time shooting and taking notes. (and wringing out my clothes and hair!) The rest of the time I was in transit, dealing with no or sketchy wifi, or trying to catch a solid 4hrs of sleep! (ahhh… race weekends! gotta luv it!)
There are very few things or people I can depend on in this life to bring a smile to my face. Being at the race track is one of those things.
No matter the ordeal to get there ( lemme tell ya…) the less than ideal accommodations (oiy!) or the other assorted moments of “oh really?! You went there?” passive agressive bullshit I put up with on any given day (you can insult me or freeze me out all you want, but I’m gonna keep doing what I do, the way I do it, cause there’s room for everyone out there. NO ONE way, person, genre or style is better). I don’t understand masking your own insecurity by insulting others, but that is neither here nor there… moving on.
Once I’m at the track, surrounded by my peeps, engulfed in the sights and sounds of the race weekend, I’m in my happy bubble. Even on the most stressful day at work, if there is a session on track, my boss lets me boot up the feed in the background. The sound of cars on track is soul soothing!
There is not going to be a cohesive train of thought here… Just going to do a brain dump as this is the first time since arriving home that I’ve had a moment to gather my thoughts. (the paying job is kicking my ass right now… new website transfer, location expansion, 30 new hires, etc…etc… workload and responsibility quadrupled ) It’s all good, but when you leave the office between 7-8pm, after a 12 hr day with no discernible break, the brain just stops functioning as a protective measure I think.
So… St. Petes…
The race itself, once it actually happened, was awesome. Messy, aggressive, street fighting, awesome sauce. This season, as we’ve already seen, is going to be competitive beyond the usual 4 cars, which is terrific.
I can’t think of a better way to spend a Monday morning. (twas my second scramble to rearrange travel plans due to rain out, in person, Monday morning race!)
For the first time in a long time I wasn’t preoccupied with the ugly, smelly cars, but rather just in the moment, talking about the drivers, the season, the strategy, etc…
Sarah Fisher was not a happy girl that weekend. AT ALL. This was not the feel good story of the weekend that everyone touted it to be leading in. Trust me on this. Too bad. I’m surprised that Rahal is still in the car to be honest. I have a picture that speaks volumes on this… I will get to those today I promise!
Jimmy is gonna need a second & third career to pay for all the crash damage this season (and PT has been nowhere near the joint!) KV Demolition Technology.
Speaking of PT being nowhere near the joint. *sigh* It really does leave an empty feeling in my gut on race weekend. <insert usual rant about what a crime it is that he is not in a seat>
I really don’t understand the location of St. Petes for this event. It looks glorious and lush on tv, but let me tell you, this is not a glorious, lush area. It is a quite run down, low income, roll the sidewalks up at 6pm type of area. I’m thinking the event must infuse some serious cash into the city, cause it doesn’t look like much else happens there. That said, the crowds were great and knowledgeable about racing, and the people were lovely. I’m just thinking as someone traveling to the race, I would like more “after track” options in the surrounding area. (I’m thinking back to the Miami street race days) Of course my accommodations were out in the middle of nowhere with a Denny’s and a sketch liquor store at my disposal. Oh and an Indian restaurant with a mariachi band. (I kid you not!) I would recommend finding something within walking distance (or a short cab ride) from the track, or something across the bridge in Tampa. (if you’re gonna be driving, might as well go towards the action than away from it right?)
oh, notably absent from the media room (odd since this was the first race of the season within the borders of North America) David Phillips and Gordon Kirby. The rest of my motley crew was there of course.
That’s all I can think of for right now, gonna boot up the video feed and see what’s happening with the Lights