Like most American kids that grew up in the 80's I watched the Indy 500 every year and became interested in motorsports thanks to that race, but I didn't really get hooked until I started watching Formula 1 racing in the late 90's. My favorite era were those years with the great Mika Hakkinen/Michael Schumacher battles. (I was a Mika Hakkinen fan) So my fondness for Formula 1 waned once Mika retired and Schumacher started winning everything, even at the expense of his teammate Rubens Barrichello. My interest in F1 has only been lukewarm since.

Then I turned to Champ Car racing here in the US for my motorsports fix. However that was quickly extinguished once Champ Car and Indy Car merged and we were stuck with Tony George and his many foibles. (It was entertaining to watch the Hulman/George drama I'll admit.) My interest has been less than lukewarm with Indy Car lately, even without Tony George at the helm.

Over time however, the excitement I once had for motorsports has slowly gone. Maybe it has to do with my age, I don't know. But I think I will pour my efforts into my Trooper and my interests in the outdoors to add excitement to my life.

Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it. I will still post racing news when I find something interesting or noteworthy.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

champcar fanatics - don't expect 'em to just pull over

(posted on 9-5-08)

Keep in mind:
- Graham Rahal's win at St.Pete's (and mysterious and dramatic loss of pace immediately thereafter),
- Danicle's gifted win at MoNtegi (and the truth from Helio Castroneves' mouth that evening and the next day on live tv)
- the 'amazing Penske story' (and 'thank you Helio for MoNtegi') at Sonoma a few weeks ago after the team's transporter caught fire and burned on the way to the track meaning the team had a mad scramble just to take part, but coincidentally having cars road-prepped oval cars stored at the track, and a hauler seemingly ready to be dispatched half-way across the country at last minute notice, his team takes the unlikely feel-good win:
- last weekend's "let's pay tribute to Mr.Paul Newman by gifting his (typically uncompetitive) car a win" (coincidentally it was Helio Castroneves who ONCE AGAIN was told over the radio, to "move over" for the 2nd-place car; Helio, smiling as always, was absolutely LIVID after the race saying that not even once in his entire time in the Leeg has a a penalty been passed down like that without previous warning).

All scripted outcomes. And there were probably many more events this year that due to bad luck didn't turned out as planned. (ex: Marco Whindretti is beyond help)

Now this, from - an article about the *fabulous* prize-money up for grabs at the end of the crapwagoneer's season, containing a CURIOUS choice of words:

Originally Posted by

While Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves are battling for the IndyCar Series championship Sept. 7 at Chicagoland Speedway, don't expect other drivers to pull over and let them by. A lot remains at stake for most of the drivers entered in the PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300.

Only 17 points separate Tony Kanaan and Dan Wheldon for third and fourth in the standings. The higher finisher will earn an extra $50,000 in TEAM (Team Enhancement and Allocation Matrix) bonus money.

Don't expect? I don't even watch the series and I've come to expect it! LoL

Are they sending secret signals to US (here) saying "have fun with this one boys(and girls)", or was it a subtle suggestion to the gomerati that this weekend finally the script will be thrown out and they'll actually be allowed to let the chips fall as they may?

Either way, it TFF.

I don't think N/H/L would participate in a scripted farce.

How about when CCWS through BS debris yellow on a regular basis? Were they fixing the race?

-the cup
Depends on who was winning those races. If it was Katherine then maybe, if it was Bourdais then no.

Rahal's win at St. Petes was because of a good strategy, not because it was fixed.

So says the neogomer.

As much as I would like to join in all the fun, CC had similar situations, such as Glock having to move over and let Servia win. It happens.

You are absolutely right, but as you know it didn't happen again and again and again. At least in that instance Glock didn't get out of the car with that shyte story about how he didn't know what lap Servia was on or he was hoping to conserve fuel.

Also, I am told, during the race it was pointed out what a great victory this would be for NHL, because apparently they had not run any practice because Wilson's car had a debilitating mechanical problem. Again pushing the "Bollywood" angle and the little guy eeking out the victory and overcoming the obstacles.

Pretty soon the Firl won't have any "human interest" left, and Marty Sloth will be allowed to win because his cat has diarrhea.

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