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.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

To Brazil or not to Brazil

(posted on July 20th after it was reported the IRL is trying to solidify a race in Brazil for the 2010 season)

Associated Press
SAO PAULO -- Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves met with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva Monday to seek support for an Indy Racing League event in the South American nation next year.

Castroneves said the race would help Brazil promote its ethanol, which is being used in IRL cars.

The IRL has been racing with 100 percent ethanol fuel since 2007, and Brazil is the second largest ethanol producer in the world after the United States. It is also the largest exporter of the fuel.

Castroneves, who gave Silva the helmet he wore to win his third Indianapolis 500 in May, said the president promised that the federal government would do what it can to get the race to Brazil, which has five regular drivers in the series.

Terry Angstadt, president of IRL's commercial division, said last month it was 90 percent certain that a race would be held in Brazil.

The race would likely be the first of the season. The location has not been decided yet, but cities likely to host the event are Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Ribeirao Preto and Campinas, the official government news service Agencia Brasil said.

The last time Brazil hosted an Indy race was in 2000 in Rio de Janeiro.

(commented on by poster #54 - July 20th)
I've had a long day. So I will replace words in the article to make it sound better.

SAO PAULO -- Tax cheat Hélíó Névés met with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva Monday to seek support for making Brazil a tax-free haven just for him.

Névés said "he pass me under yellow!"

The IRL has been racing with 100 percent jizz since 2007, mostly supplied by rejected NA$CAR "journalist" Jack-A-Roo and his handy airbrushed pics of one-time fourth-place winner Manica.

Névés (because every friggin paragraph has to start with that since the HURL gets journalism as good as its parade), who gave Silva the condom he wore when sleeping with the right people to win the Spindianapolis 497.5 in May 2002, said "he pass the federal government under yellow!"

Terry Angstadt, president of HURL's non-existent commercial division, tried to say something, but no one cares, and chances are he can't put a coherent sentence together anyway.

The parade would likely be the first and only of the season. The location has not been decided yet, but the HURL will look in to important factors like areas where they can draw the least amount of people, areas with high crime rates, and areas that don't mind large quantities of trash on their streets.

The last time Brazil hosted an Indy race was never, because no one has ever hosted an Indy "race," just an International Inbreds Convention with a parade of castrated formula car wanna-bes.

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