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Max Papis joins AIM Autosport’s for 2013 Rolex Series Season!

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Monday Afternoon I got to hang out with some colleagues at the Ferrari Maserati of Ontario showroom for the Aim Autosport – Racing With Ferrari Rolex Series Team Announcement/Driver & Car Unveiling. They are pairing their current driver, reigning Rolex … Continue reading

Ok Toronto, Time to Step it up.

I tend to put blinders on, and sometimes get a little “cheerleadery” when it comes to my home race.
I mean, who wouldn’t.
You want to support your “home team”
You want to encourage people to come to your event.
But… it’s time to take the gloves off me thinks.
Not in a “negative nellie” way, but in a “come on gang, we can do a hell of a lot better” way. Bear with me if it is one long run on sentence, but  I’ve had a week to mull this over, and I have a lot to say.

Unless you had your head up your ass last weekend, there was no denying that attendance was down this year. All three days. I thought maybe it was just my imagination, so I polled a few of my colleagues at the track, and looked back at previous photo galleries. Nope. Definitely down.

Of course, long gone are the days when the daily gate was proudly and boastfully posted on the wall in the media centre, so there are certainly no hard numbers to compare. Sure, the suits say all the right things pre-event;  all their targets have been met or surpassed, etc… but the proof is in the pudding. The pudding being the bodies on the property, and bums in the seats. Continue reading

good thing I got a new monitor…

Because I’ll be watching the season via computer again.

Lost in the shuffle last week was the “ooh look, here’s the Canadian TV package” article on IndyCar. I couldn’t be bothered to write about it then, as I was having a good week and it’s just more of the same bullshit, different season.

I’m sure none of the American’s actually clicked on the link to see the actual schedule, so here ya go… take a gander at the stellar broadcast schedule that is going to grow the sport north of the border: (I’ve bolded my fave times for ya…)

Monday, Apr. 6 – St. Petersburg Indy –  3:30am et/12:30am pt
Sunday, Apr. 19 – Long Beach Grand Prix – 3:30pm et/12:30pm pt
Sunday, Apr. 26 – Kansas City Indy 300 – 11:30pm/8:30pm pt
Sunday, May 24 – Indianapolis 500 – 12 noon et/9:00am pt
Sunday, May 31 – Milwaukee Indy 225 – 11:30pm et/8:30pm pt
Sunday, June 7 – Texas IndyCar 500 – 12 midnight et/9:00pm pt
Monday, June 22 – Iowa Indy – 12 midnight et/9pm pt
Saturday, June 27 – Richmond Indy – 8:00pm et/5:00pm pt
Sunday, July 5 – Watkins Glen Indy – 1:00pm et/10:00am pt
Sunday, July 12 – Toronto Indy – 1:00pm et/10:00am pt
Sunday, July 26 – Rexall Edmonton Indy – 6:00pm et/3:00pm pt
Sunday, Aug. 2 – Kentucky Indy 300 – 3:00am et/12 midnight pt
Sunday, Aug. 9 – Mid-Ohio Indy – 7:00pm et/4:00pm pt
Sunday, Aug. 23 – Infineon Indy – 5:00pm et/2:00pm pt
Saturday, Aug. 29 – Chicagoland Indy – 9:00pm et/6:00pm pt
Sunday, Sept. 20 – Indy Japan 300 – 3:00am et/12 midnight pt
Saturday, Oct. 11 – Miami Indy 300 – 3:00am et/12 midnight pt

Now in fairness, TSN2, (that most people don’t know about nor get unless they have the souped up digital cable package and pay extra for) is airing the ridiculously timed races live. But unless you’re a diehard fan and know where to search, you’ll never know that.

ya, so when it comes down to it, IndyCar got away from ESPN’s shitty treatment then handed the CDN version of ESPN the broadcast rights to continue the shitty treatment elsewhere…

pffffftttttttttttthhhhhhhhhhhhbbbbbbbbttttt! and that’s how I feel about that.

Worse comes to worst, there’s a sports bar down the street that has satellite and free wifi. I figure it’ll be cheaper to go there and buy a few beers every weekend, than to jump through the money hoops to get the races at home. Of course it will depend on what else is on in that timeslot, and the majority vote for the tv remote.

Oh and on Wednesday (two days before tickets go on sale for the Toronto race which you would never know about living here in Toronto… I kid you not) I’ll be at the Media day for the Canadian International Autoshow. I’m curious to see the presence of the Race at the show… (this was the excuse the powers that be used to not to any promotion at the CDN Motorsports expo)

Right now the race is the best kept secret in town…

I’m grumpy today. Gonna stop now.

Wooooooooooohooooooooooo!

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There’s gold in them thar hills! GOLD I tells ya!!

God I love hearing my anthem.