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.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

St Pete Grand Prix Danica drama

There is a lot of debate as to who was at fault in the Danica/Matos St. Pete crash. Danica admits she saw Matos pull up to the side of her but states he never pulled ahead. Agreed, he never got a lead on her but she was given the blue flag (as seen in our first photo) to indicate a quicker car was about to pass her.

What happened next is seen in the following photos. Danica turns in to the right hand turn and makes contact with Matos. They become intangled, loose control and slam into the tire barrier, Danica hitting so hard she knocks over the porta-potty (as you can see in the last photo).

It is not known if a fan was in the porta-potty or not, if there were though you could actually say "the shit has hit the fan" and you wouldn't be lying.

In my mind both were at fault, Matos for trying to overtake in a not so easy area to do so, and Danica for not using her experience and pulling back and letting him pass. Had she done that they both would have continued the race instead of both of them ending up in the tire barrier. Plus, a unexpecting fan wouldn't have had his or her personal time so rudely interrupted.

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