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.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

'We're a team' for Go Daddy Challenge

(by Dave Lewandowski 10-12-11)

Of the tens of thousands of spectators at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Oct. 16, Ann Babenco of High Bridge, N.J., will have a special rooting interest in Dan Wheldon’s result in the Las Vegas Indy 300 – the marquee event in the IZOD INDYCAR World Championships Presented by Honda.

Babenco is the winner of the Go Daddy INDYCAR Challenge sweepstakes in which she’ll split $2.5 million with Wheldon if he wins the 200-lap race on the 1.5-mile oval.

“When they called me, I couldn’t believe it,” said Babenco, who joined Wheldon at a kickoff news conference Oct. 12. “I was so nervous with excitement I was speechless. Then I couldn’t stop talking. $2.5 million! I can’t believe it.

"We're a team. I figure if I'm so lucky to have won this sweepstakes it will continue and he'll win the race.”

Fans entered the Go Daddy INDYCAR Challenge sweepstakes, sponsored by, through the Verizon INDYCAR Mobile App (text INDYCAR to 3406 or go to Android Market to download) and through the official website of the IZOD INDYCAR World Championships,

In addition to the chance at $2.5 million, Babenco and a guest are being treated to the complimentary trip to the IZOD INDYCAR World Championships, VIP access to events in Las Vegas and the racetrack and more.

Wheldon, who will start from the rear of the 34-car field, says he likes the odds.

"I wouldn't be here if I didn't think I could do it," he said. "I don't want to disappoint this young woman from Jersey. We've become fast friends, I think."

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