Friday, April 30, 2010

Trackside Nuggets


So I actually remembered to tune into Trackside with Kevin ‘N Cavin yesterday afternoon... As I was all excited ‘bout it last week only to discover that the NFL Draft was pre-empting it instead.

Unfortunately they seemed to spend an inordinate amount of time discussing future Oval Tracks... Psst! Newsflash guys! Not ALL of us wanna hear ‘bout Ovals; Kapishe! As hey, there’s a very good track already built up here in the Pacific Northwest named Portland International Raceway!

But I was unaware of the Adam Carroll – Andretti Autosport announcement that apparently could involve either the No. 27-43-37 (BINGO!) or any combination of those, although it seems like they were making Ryan Hunter-Reay’s ride somewhat shaky? CRIKEYS! As all that’s confirmed is that Carroll has been signed to do an unknown number of races beginning in the second half of the season...

And they spent way too LITTLE time with The Flying Dutchman, a.k.a. Arie Luyendyk,(Senior) as its way too hard to fathom that it was 20yrs ago that the Doug Shierson Racing Dominos Pizza Car entered Victory Lane at The Speedway... As ‘Ol Arie summed it up best; Time Flies by!

He mentioned that Arie Junior will most likely NOT drive at all this year as his Indy dream seems to have slipped by, but Dad noted you’re only 28 Son so keep working on it...

And I enjoyed his comments about doing his record 237+ mph laps in 1996, saying that car was so trimmed out it was EASY! And it was way harder the next year in IRL machinery doing a 218 vs. 238 the year before; Aye Karumba! (Musta been ‘Juan ‘O Dem Original CRAPWAGONS, eh?) Even though he went on to win the race...

Interestingly Arie will be working with Mike Conway this year for Indy, previously having worked with Robert Doornbos... (As I’ve forgotten who the driver prior to Bad Bobby D was?) So that’s good news for “Team England!” Err Dryer & Reinbold, who I’m guessing will also be bolstered by Tomas Scheckter’s Oval experience...

Last up was aspiring Indy Lights (and Beyond) American Joel Miller, who mentioned when asked by Kevin that an Indy Lights weekend (event) will set you back $40k and a Full season will run you $750,000 MINUS ANY DAMAGES...

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