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An Embarassment of Writing Riches!

One of my journo colleagues approached me following the weekend to ask if he might share his thoughts on the Milwaukee Race. See, he was at the race this weekend, not as a journalist, but as a fan. Normally he contributes to much more legit & respected pages on the interweb ;-),  but felt for what he wanted to say, my little sandbox on the world wide web was the more appropriate venue to express himself. I was all excited for a ranting tome, filled with f-bombs and rage! But alas what I got was a beautifully written, heartfelt, first hand account of the weekend from ground level. (that’s what makes him so good at what he does)

So without further ado… I turn over my blog to Tony DiZinno


This Could Be The Last Time, I Don’t Know…

Leaving the Milwaukee Mile after Sunday’s IndyCar Series race, it didn’t feel like a normal exit to a day at the track. It felt like heading out of a funeral.

Some background first for a comparative example. I’ve tried to hide it publicly, but anyone who’s ever met me at a track either growing up as a rabid fan or in media centers as that “what is he doing here”-type youngster who isn’t jaded from years of coverage or filled from the buffet line, knows I was a CART and Champ Car guy. That’s what got me hooked on motorsports. That was my series. Once I turned 18 in 2007 I would have been able to cover the full 2008 Champ Car season, and that was a dream.

With that as background, everyone knows what a cluster-you-know-what 2008 turned out to be. I didn’t get to attend the 2008 Champ Car finale at Long Beach—this weird thing called college was happening—and instead was treated to the Danica Patrick Show on the telecast with turbos and a race interrupting her coronation following her fuel mileage-enhanced win halfway around the world in front of 17 awake fans. Still, I heard from those who attended the race it was a sad day where so many chapters of fandom in racing ended.

Sunday at Milwaukee felt, I’m guessing, the same way. Continue reading

Milwaukee Mile *live race blog*

Ok… so I’ve got visual. TV at the bar tuned in. Unfortunately the volume is at a whisper, and I’m in the back with two loud gay men who know nothing about racing. (is this Nascar?) who are playing a rather rambunctious game of backgammon. (I kid you not) On top of that of course is the loud pool game and the awful country music. :bangs head on table:

Time to re-up and get cable again me thinks. Or a boyfriend with a big… TV. 😉

hmm… nice looking little crowd.

Princess cookie maker gets her airtime. Actually it’s been all Penske, AGR so far.
Marco showing better judgment in this interview than last weekend.

Brief mention of Vitor, showed the crash,
commercial break

AJ Foyt: re Vitor: “Racing goes on”
re PT: “we kinda screwed him up in qualifying” LOL!

and now the Ganassi interviews. what? no interviews???
Wow… whodda thunk that Foyt racing would ever get airtime before the big three??
(well, come to think of it, it is “his” race)

“Drivers start your engines!” I think…
nice mic not turned on there… geesh.

what is with the 976 babe voice on the radio broadcast? LOL!! That kills me!

and there they go! engines fired, cars on track for installation laps.

are you fucking kidding me? the on boards are on both Vision cars? GMFB!
spread the love!! (I personally think it should be one per team) (or actually, they should all have a damn camera!)

Lets see if we can line up like professionals this week…

Green green green!!!

Graham around for the lead!
Wait! Kanaan threads the needle gets around both Briscoe and Rahal!
Rahal down to third.

Andretti dropping like a stone! something is broken on that car.

Franchitti on the move!
Tracy up to 14th

Nice dicing by Scheckter and the Princess!

side by side commercial break

Helio not carving his way through the field like he usually does.

That Boost commercial is nasty… is there anyway I can un-see that???

we’re back – lap 18

PT is dropping like a stone. Duking it out with Carpenter. They are about to be lapped by the leaders. WTF?!

Tracy DFL. (heart breaks a little)

Kanaan, Brisco, Dixon, Rahal, Franchitti, Moraes

Briscoe around Kanaan in lap 26, Dixon takes advantage of the open door and gets around as well.

Rahal all over the back of TK now.

commercial (not side by side) Apparently I don’t need to know what is going on. *switch to radio*

Briscoe & Dixon around Carpenter. Stalking Helio.
Graham reporting problems with oversteer (or understeer?)
PT is reporting the car is loose. (that’s code for it’s a piece of shit!)

We’re back from commerical:
Briscoe coming up behind Helio. hmmm… team orders? yes no?
Fyi… we’re on lap 41

Kanaan down to 9th.
oooh Briscoe throws a block party for Dixon!

Doornbos is the cog in the wheel, holding up Twinkletoes, who is holding up Briscoe.

Woah, Twinkletoes not playing nice with his teammate. Apparently he has a short memory of last week when his teammate helped him win. Selfish fuck.

Commerical (side by side) lap 49. Naked Marco. My eyes have officially melted out of my skull.

PT is a moving chicane out there. (I’m silently weeping)

we’re back at lap 55 Briscoe is still out front, Dixon right on his ass. If he losses the lead, it is ALL on Castroneves.

Conway into the wall in turn 4. :mocks surprise here:

I love how the radio is describing all of this amazing dicing, yet the tv is showing Kanaan doing shit fuck all, while answering viewer email. Fucking horrible coverage.

Festival of pitting,(™ Pressdog)
Briscoe gets out in front, followed by Dixon & Franchitti
ha! Twinkletoes stalls it. Instant karma. my viewing is enhanced. (™ Pressdog)

Viso has gearbox issues, still on pitlane. Poor bastard. That car is a pig. They need some new equipment for that kid. He had a really good run going.

Tracy pitted twice. No idea why… Nothing to lose at this point I guess

back to commercial (not side by side) Ironically the quiet music plays during commercial. But when the race is on, I can’t hear shit.

oh, update, the loud gay couple are playing scrabble. Not backgammon.

Green green green! (the radio feed is so far off the tv feed. gah.

Look at Mutoh up to 5th! wow.
Tracy is 2 laps down.
Kanaan gets around Carpenter. Wheldon follows suit.

Viso back out 12 laps down. 😦

replay of Tracy’s pit: good lord! they cranked on Paul’s front wing like it was a music box. 😦 That car is not right.

commercial at lap 83 (side by side) vile Boost commerical again…

This is not an exciting race. Why can’t these cars pass properly and make it stick?

we’re back: lap 89
Briscoe, Dixon, Franchitti, Rahal, Mutoh, Matoes, Patrick, Moraes

Briscoe about to lap RHR. at least that’s the plan. Atta boy!
Now he will be behind Helio again. Let’s see if he plays nice this time.

Marco and TK battling mid pack. Be smart Marco.

TK slingshots around PT, Helio throwing a block party on Brisco. What a prick.

commerical lap 107 surprise suprise another Danica commercial. Fuck me.

Finally Briscoe gets around Twinkletoes. Gets around Scheckter as well. About to put PT another lap down. *sigh*

120 laps complete:
Briscoe, Dixon, Franchitti, Rahal, Mutoh,
Briscoe has lead 94 laps
11 cars on the lead lap.

Rahal coming up on Doornbos. lets see if these teammates play well together…

Green flag pit stops starting. Wheldon in and out in a heart beat! Nice.

woah, that’s a crazy vibration on Marco’s car.

Kanaan in and out clean.
Marco in and out clean.
Mutoh in and out clean a little slow.
someone raced him off pitlane. Probably PT LOL! (could have been Wheldon… too many red/blue cars)

Briscoe coming in, get’s held up behind Wilson.
Briscoe out, Dixon out.

Kanaan on fire! Oh bless! the poor bastard can’t move very fast to get out. Strong crewman hoists him out. That had to hurt. Will also hurt in the championship. Will finish no better than 14th today.

commercial lap 140. (not side by side) I love that the fucking commercials are twice as loud as the race broadcast. fuck.

Townsend Bell won the Tire-iffic move of the race for Indy. Sweet! Go T-Bell! Too bad you’re not actually racing. :rolleyes, shakes head:

Back from commercial (lap 149) on board with E.J who looks like he’s out there all by himself.

ooh Marco up behind Moraes… this could get interesting… Mario gets the hell out of dodge, gets around Doornbos.

Oh Briscoe gets around Franchitti for the lead!! woot! Dixon and Dario dicing it out side by side! that was close. Briscoe fighting his way through traffic! Good time to go to a taped bumper with the Princess… then commercial of course, it’s not like we have tuned in to watch the racing or anything…

Nice big Geico commercial. Too bad they’re not “racing” this weekend.

I see the yellow flags, but because the whole fucking world is on commercial I have no idea why.

Debris… riiiiiiight….

Festival of pitting…(™ Pressdog)
ooh Briscoe got a little sideways, but holds on to it.
No change at the front.
Twinkletoes stays out.

The giant track zamboni cleaning up the marbles, with the hopes that this will lead to a final full stint of green flag racing.

Lap 172 Green… yellow… nevermind…

173 Green green green!

Hey Paul isn’t DFL anymore! woot! Come on, just for one race, give him the Princess’ car. Just for fun. huh? pretty please??

Briscoe pulling away. Patrick slingshoting around lapped traffic. ABC making a big deal of it. :mocks surprise:

Commercial. lap 179 Boost again. Barf.

We’re back 186, Looks like Briscoe got by Castroneves again while we were on break. Marco and Danica battling it out for 5th. not so much. Marco pulled away big time.

Viso slowing. Might have hit the wall. No yellow. He moves to the bottom of the track and into the pits.

PT is a moving chicane again…Dixon looked to take advantage, but no dice. Briscoe around cleanly.

Commercial lap ? no side by side.

HVM calls it a day. Viso’s day is done.

Sounds like Patrick and Matos got around Marco. Must have hit traffic.

Dixon gets around Briscoe for the lead. ugh.

Back from commercial, We see the replay. Briscoe got caught up with Scheckter, Dixon slingshots around like he’s being propelled by a giant elastic band!

19 laps to go…

Dixon is gone… a totally different timezone…
Briscoe trying to hold on to second. Franchitti is all over him like a fat kid on a smartee.

8 to go…
Dixon is flying. Good lord. I’m amazed he (Briscoe) didn’t get passed earlier.
Franchitti has Briscoe in his sights…
Rahal still holding on in 4th! good job buddy.

white flag…
Dixon’s to lose…
Franchitti all over Brisoe

Dixon wins

Not the most exciting race ever…

ok… gotta write this up properly… back later to discuss.

Edit: so I stayed put after the race as it was just easier to keep the thoughts flowing without packing up, walking home, booting up again, etc…
I need to find an A) cheaper B) more accommodating technically place to watch the races. Although, once we’re back on VERSUS (please God, soon!!) I’ll be back to watching via the super secret underground password protected lair which I cannot reveal.

I had one beer, an iced tea, a coffee and a chicken caesar salad. $30. WTF?!?!

For that price I should be rolling on the floor drunk off my ass and too full to eat until Tuesday.

Milwaukee Mile *live race blog* June 1st/08

wow… I just heard the mess that is ‘I am Indy’ as I booted up the video player… may I never hear that again…

I can’t believe I didn’t blog between Indy and now. I know I had a lot to say. hmmm… weird.

Drivers to your cars!

4:08pm – “Danica and gentlemen start your engines” gimme a fucking break. How bout “driver’s start your engines” ?

4:10pm – Vomit inducing demonstration of the 360 degree camera

4:11pm – green green green

4:13pm – I have the IMS radio on as well and they are screaming like crazy people, while the Perry Como-esque ABC broadcast crew are filing their nails. Apparently Townsend Bell made a bonzai move on the start, overtaking a shitload of cars (10 spot gain!) The TV crew missed the whole fucking thing.

4:19pm – Restart – Servia gets around Andretti the lesser (or “least” as I’ve been corrected) so he can get his lap back. He was caught up in the first lap melee and damaged his front wing.

4:24pm – I’ve decided to mute the tv and just listen to and watch the online video. It’s all about Danica on the TV broadcast, while the online video/radio is actually watching and commenting on the race. Imagine that!

4:25pm – can someone explain to me again why Conquest tossed Franck “holy fuck that kid is fast” Perera aside for Jaime “how are you enjoying my impression of a chicane” Camara?

4:29pm – EJ is a wildman!!! Damn I like this kid! He and Briscoe are the fastest on track. EJ makes the move on Power, gets loose, almost into the wall, but holds on! He is my new PT! up to 7th. Hey Danica, maybe if you catch up, we’ll introduce you to EJ… bwahahaha!

4:32pm – Dixon around Andretti the Least for the lead.

4:35pm – Wait a second, now that John Andretti is in the field, what does that make him?

4:37pm – Viso around Briscoe, working on Andretti the Least (who has decided on a trying Danica’s race strategy of driving backwards through the field, now in 8th)

4:41pm – Caution for no apparent reason. Let’s call it the “Marco need’s to pit” yellow.

4:42pm- Pit Pit Pit – ugh, all of Viso’s hard work, thrown away in the pits… back down to 10th. Way to go guys…

4:46pm – They’ve got the zamboni out now… :confused: When did my race turn into a hockey game?
LOL Mutoh missed his pit box and messed up the Princess…*snicker*

4:49pm – ooh Will Power looking racy today too. Come on Will, you can get can get RHR!

4:53pm – Viso up from 11 to 9th again.

4:57pm – Buddy Rice has decided to start racing, while being lapped by Dixon. Almost takes him out! nice…

4:59pm – Andretti the Least & The Princess are about to go a lap down… bwahahaha!

5:00pm – on the other end of the spectrum, Cookie boy has gained 15 positions from that first lap melee and is now in 11th behind Justin. OOh… Justin just got around RHR!

Top Ten run down:
1. Dixon
2. twinkletoes
3. Tile teeth
4. Son of the Stache (shout out to Is it May yet?)
5. Briscoe
6. Kanoose
7. Power
8. Viso
9. Wilson
10. Servia

5:11pm – Rahal into the wall. Throws it away trying to push himself around two lapped cars. Big rookie mistake. (of course he blames Manning…)

5:14pm – crazy pit stops ensue while the track zamboni turns laps. The Least and The Princess manage to get up into the top ten. (they will be writing a cheque to Rahal for that gift)
Viso up to 7th! sweet! Servia right behind him. Power and Wilson big losers in that round of stops.

5:20pm – Viso the Wildman!! high low sneak attack pass on Carpainter. Sweet!

5:22pm – I like how the ABC crew is trying to convince us that The Least and The Princess “worked their way up to the top ten” … *cough* BULLSHIT *cough* They worked their way through the pits. Their crews are earning their keep, not them.

5:29pm – Briscoe on a tear! Get’s himself up to 2nd.

5:34pm – Briscoe takes the lead! Sweet!

5:36pm – Getting dicey out there now. Lots of traffic and dirty track.

5:39pm – Briscoe blows by The Princess putting her a lap down… see ya beyotch…

5:41pm – Briscoe into the pits (green flag stop), gives up the lead.

5:42pm – The Wildman bobbles but saves it! holy crap! LOL! That kid has mad car handling skillz. He drops way back, but the track stays green. (the leaders will be sending him a cheque later)

5:47pm – Everyone has made their final stops. Everyone shuffles through and Briscoe gets the lead again. 14 laps to go

5:52pm – Huge crash turn 2!!! with 3 laps to go! Andretti the Least, Meira takes flight, Carpenter into the wall too. Andretti squeezed Carpenter, Vitor does the alley oop over the Least.

5:55pm – yellow/checkers – Briscoe takes the win! The world simultaneously gives The Princess the raspberries.

Congrats to Briscoe on his first win!
Congrats to Viso for his cajones of steel and mad skillz to get back up to finish 8th!
Congrats to Servia to go from dead fucking last and almost lapped to finish 6th!!
Congrats to Wilson to go from dead fucking last himself at one point to finish 7th!
Congrats to Moraes for somehow staying out of the way and off the wall… LOL! That kid is getting schooled, but he’s keeping his nose clean and finishing races.

Congrats to me for watching and listening to two race broadcasts while simultaneously typing my thoughts here and having a conversation on facebook.

And with that… it’s dinner time! I’m outta here!