Monday, August 22, 2011

‘Pat-the-Carpenter decides to Hang-up his Helmet & Trade-in Driving apparel for Suit ‘n tie...

Guess it’s pretty funny that I was so Hungry for some Twisty action that I decided to ‘Dial-up  that perennial WRECKFEST on Il Notre Dam, nee Circuit Gilles Villeneuve early Saturday afternoon, having tuned-in late in order to skip the Pre-amble ‘cause uze knows it’s gonna go long with lots ‘O yellow flaggage...

And thus, I was totally unaware that "Pat-the-Carpenter" (Patrick Carpentier) was retiring from motor racing - which I dually found out by sittin’ down  and tunin’ into le 'RASSCAR Doublewide, Err Nationwide AllStar race at Montreal - or Mont Royal as Aunty Harriet likes to pronounce it... Featuring a boatload 'O KuhNucks, an Aussie, 20 Road Ringers and Oh yeah... Almost forgot; Hee-hee-hee... Danica! Who at one point said she was gettin' HOT in the racecar - C’mon Guys; Oh Never Mind! As Ricky Somebody; Ricky Bobby? Whoever Rusty “Bark-at-the-Moon” Wallace ‘n Marty ‘Muskrat Luv Reid’s TV booth partner was... Not so kindly pointed out how Princess Danicker had better do something ‘bout her fitness ‘cause it AIN’T that HOT out - only ‘bout 80deg-f, albeit this elusive Ricky Bobby character did mention multiple times that he thought Danica’s cool suit musta been malfunctioning since she was  told to open her visor; but I digress...

As the Maple Leaf Homeboyz featured an eclectic mix of Road Warriors: Patrick Carpentier, Ron Fellows, J.R. Fitzpatrick, Andrew Ranger, Alex Tagliani and Jacques Villeneuve - Not to mention thee ‘DAWG’s latest squeeze Maryeve Dufault - as the ‘Kuhnadiun lass was making her debutant Nationwide race, but back to Pat, eh?

As Carpentier was probably ‘Juan of the nicest, most humble CART/Champ Car drivers I can remember, seemingly always overshadowed by his teammates, i.e.; Greg Moore and the Chrome Horn; The Thrill from the West Hill also known as ‘PT, aka Paul Tracy and to a lesser extent - ‘TAG, nee Alex Tagliani...

As I guess I’d haveda say my fondest memory of Patrick was his pledge to run NAKED down victory lane if he won at Mid Ohio - to which he somewhat fulfilled his obligations by running in a pair of chequered boxers as I recall...

As Carpentier, who’s  only 40yrs old - is seemingly cutting his career short, having been unsuccessful at his attempts to become a Tintop/Taxi Cab driver, as reputedly the rides have dried-up  and the transplanted KuhNuck will focus upon his Los Wages (Las Vegas) Real Estate career instead; Hmm? How ‘bout somebody inserting him into one of those laughingly unknown Phantom-5 guest drivers for that riveting Worlds Championship IndyCar finale, eh? Although Carpentier will forever be remembered as a Players/Forsythe Boy to this Humble Scribe who won five Indy Car races in his 157-start career. And even persevered thru trying times in the IRL with Eddie “the Mouth” Cheever’s underperforming Red Bull squad - where apparently Eddie didn’t like the way Pat swung his Hammer; Hya! (Cymbol crash please...)

Thus it was very kOOL to hear the Kuhnadiun fans giving Carpentier a Standing ‘Oh after he’d been taken out by Stevie “Omega” Wallace - who Patrick said during his interview; “Obviously Steven Wallace DOESN’T know how to brake!” Which was pretty funny since Stevie’s ‘Pappy Rusty was sittin’ in duh Booth...

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