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.

Monday, September 15, 2008

champcar fanatics

(posted on 7-22-08 commenting on Jack Arute and his defending of Danica Patrick)

I don't normally reply in this manner, but I'm feeling frisky tonight after my first official infraction from Higher Authority.

JACK ARUTE: She looks at driving the same way that A.J. and Mario did in their day.

Minus the winning.

JACK ARUTE: I don't know why some media want to roast Patrick every chance they can.

Perhaps the members of the media are sick of people invoking memories of past greatness in the face of such overwhelming mediocrity. Maybe they are fed up with people comparing a driver with mediocre talent (at best) to the lions of the sport.

Let's remind Jacko that Danica has exactly ONE WIN in her car racing career. Not just her IndyCar career... her 13-season car racing career.

Imagine a goaltender becoming a starting netminder for the Canadiens without ever having won a game in Bantam, PeeWee, Midgets, Junior B, or minor pro.

JACK ARUTE: It might be because she does not tolerate their foolishness.

Or it might be because she's an overrated primadonna utterly lacking in substance.

Recall the words of Winston Churchill. Upon hearing a subordinate complain that the Yanks were so bloody arrogant, Winnie replied, "Well, they have a lot to be arrogant about."

Danica does not have that. And that's why the arrogance is misplaced, and downright offensive, and why 'some members of the media' want to roast her. And not in the Friar's Club sense of the word.

JACK ARUTE: Is there anything that they like about Patrick?

Yes. She is not 100 pound of Ebola-infected flesh.

When you can honestly say someone is not 100 pounds of Ebola-infected flesh.... shoot, who wouldn't like that?

Originally Posted by TheStranger
If Robin Miller is the Tokyo Rose of mergification, then what does that make Jackaroo?

I dunno, a turd bucket?

Is this a trick question?

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