Monday, August 5, 2013

A Pair of Racing Firsts - Actually better make it Three!



Yeah, I know, I feel somewhat bad ‘bout spending a very bright, sunny, pleasant summer’s day here in Seattle inside, but what’s a Motorsports Fiend supposed to do? Not to mention I’ve still got the ‘Peacock-light’s Hungarian Grand Prix weekend GP2 race on ice; CRIKEYS!

Thus I decided to spend the day watching the “Boob-tube” instead, albeit jumping back ‘N forth between the Mid-Ohio Indy Lights race and the day’s preliminary heat’s for the afternoon’s Albert Lee, NOT “Fat Albert” Cup finale, the cherry on top of Seattle’s traditional summer Seafair spectale...

Thus it was a veritable treasure trove ‘O Petrol-itus for us ‘Rev-Heads, as I flipped over “Justin-time” to ABC to see Tanner “Double-D” Faust win another Gold medal at this year’s X-Games, with our local CBS affiliate broadcasting the Unlimited Hydroplanes for seven hours; while ESPN had the ‘RASSCAR Bombers rompin’ round thee Tricky Triangle of Pocono - which I’m very happy that some local boy named Kasey Kahne from ‘lil ‘Ol “Eenum-scratch” (Enumclaw, WA) who just so happens to be ‘Awntie Harriet’s favourite race car driver BEAT Jeffrey “Stick-a-Fork-in-IT!” Gordon, no less than upon his 42nd birthday... As needless to say, I’m less than impressed with Gordon’s disparaging comments towards Indy Cars...

While batting clean-up is the Northwest Nationals from Pacific Raceways in Kent, WA on ESPN2, just prior to my finishing the overtly lazy summer day by listening to duh Freaks! A.k.a. Speed Freaks, which I’m sure will blather on ‘N on ‘bout ‘Dem Taxicabs, although may be, just may be they’ll be able to interview some Top Fuel Piloto winner from Pacific Raceways, eh?

Thus I was busy thinking that an ‘Ol No Fenders ‘BLOB story titled The Other Chaves was about Gabby, watching him being interviewed by Jake “The Riddler” Quiery, but nah, instead it was about the long forgotten Pedro of Formula 1 Fame...


As the Mid-Ohio Indy Lights race was fairly entertaining, albeit primarily not the fight for the lead, as Pole sitter Gabby Chaves basically pulled away from Peter Dempsey and went off ‘N hid, although Dempsey did close down his lead while the two had sped away to a 21-second lead over the hotly contested final podium step placing, to which I was rootin’ for Zach Veach to take ahead of “Union Jack.” (Jack Hawksworth) Nope, instead it was watching Carlos ‘Silk Munoz having to carve his way back thru the field from 11th place after a rare mistake made when trying to overtake Hawksworth for third position at the start  of the race.

And what more can I say about the “Newbies,” as can a racing driver have a cooler name than Axle Jefferies? Unless you’re Will Power Mates! As I’ll be the first to admit that I really never expected this ride to pan out after the farcical Chase Austin demotion - so good on Yuhs Bryan Herta and Honda for making this happen, although I still think chase, who’s got a pretty kOOL! Name too still deserves better treatment and a Full-time Indy Lights drive next year...


As I was rootin’ for Chaves to hold off the fast approaching Dempsey in order to score his maiden Indy Lights victory, which the Columbian did! Which was kOOL even if the leader led for all 40-laps of the race, whilst fellow countryman Munoz rebounded to finish fourth, where he’d started from, enabling Chaves to shave Carlos points lead between the two Columbians in half, from 36 to 15 with Chaves vaulting into second place in the championship - so it’s a good thingy Munoz turned down the revolving door Panther IndyCar ride in order to concentrate upon winning the Lights crown this year.

Next up was the ‘B-I-G BOYZ race, as more than double the Lights field took the Green flag for the IndyCar race, which a la Lights, saw two drivers making their debuts behind the keyboards of the Dallara DW12’s. With James Davidson starting for the revolving door second Dale Coyne Racing entry - as it was pretty funny hearing guest NBCSN Booth Announcer Ryan Briscoe saying notice how good Davidson’s helmet looks! As the fellow ‘aussie was borrowing Briscoe’s crash bucket with Ryan noting how Davidson didn’t have an IndyCar approved carbon fibre helmet... As this was how exciting the beginning of the race was with the leaders simply going into fuel saving “Conserve” mode in order to only make two Pitstops. While the other IndyCar debutant was Italy’s Luca Filippi who was substituting for the temporarily relieved ‘TAG (Alex Tagliani) at Bryan Herta Autosports.

Yet the race really hotted up with a few drivers going on alternate strategies, most notably thee Mayor ‘O ‘Hinchtown, (James Hinchcliffe) Charlie “Murphy” (Kimball) and “Symone Pagenoe,” (Simon Pagenaud) as the latter two’s outright pace forced the majority of front runners to change their minds from two-stops to three-stops strategy whilst Kimball and Pagenaud went hammer ‘N tongs over the eventual lead!

As it was funny how I found myself rootin’ against My Boy ‘Symone - wanting to see Kimball score his debutant IndyCar victory... Even if it was for the dreaded ‘CHeepster.  (Chip Ganassi) Hmm? And I just sat there smirking whilst wunderin’ what ‘Grahamcracker, nee Graham Rahal musta been thinking? Having left the satellite G2 squad as Kimball’s teammate last year.

It was pretty kOOL hearing Pagenaud say twice with relish that he’d given Charlie HELL! And was very congratulatory towards him, as if it’d been somebody else leading then I’d have been yelling at thy ‘Telie for Pagenaud to win! But alas, everybody Driver-wise seemed genuinely pleased for the ‘Yank with Diabetes to notch his inaugural victory, as won’t it be funny if this relatively unknown American, and say Joseph Newgarden go onto eclipse the overhyped duo of Marky Marc (Marco) Andretti & Graham Rahal? Not to mention conor Daly could become an IndyCar rookie next year? As it was a very entertaining race for a track known for typically being a virtual NO passing snooze fest...

Then I broke down and watched the final race of the day, television-wise, albeit I might actually watch my first Drag Racing finals ever? As I’m sure there’s far more strategy involved then it appears, and its probably in the vain of safety’s sake, but I’m simply NOT a fan of the assigned starting lanes procedure that the Hydros have been utilizing for some time now, instead simply a fan of the 5-minute gun and unlimited slicing ‘N dicing provided you stay upon a plane and letting the ‘Boyz fight it out for starting positions.

That said, I was ‘Uber pleased to see my pick and I think he’ll be my new favourite H1 Unlimiteds driver Jimmy Shane have the inside lane (lane-1) for the finale, with expected winner Steve David forced outwards into lane-4 in which ultimately became a two boat race with the slightly inferior U-5 Graham Trucking piloted by the 27-year old Marylander Shane leading wire-to-wire over David’s U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto, with Shane clipping David’s metaphorical sponson’s en route to ending his consecutive Seafair winning streak at three and hence thee Godfather of Hydroplanes Bill Muncy’s tally of four consecutive Seafair wins remains intact alone at the top of the record books...

As I enjoyed Steve David’s post-race comments saying he’d been ganged up on by the 5 & 37 and seemed pretty ticked off with Jay Michael Kelly by claiming he’d been pushed wide and next time he’d give the Beacon Plumbing (boat) some pluming to Do!” OOCH! As it was an ecstatic Shane doing a victory jig before reaching shore who’d be celebrating with his wife - who’s reportedly got Seattle roots Sunday night, so congrats Jimmy!

Meanwhile I spotted this upon the H1 Unlimiteds website when trolling for news upon Saturday’s first heat races, as it’d be a kOOL picture to have, which is reportedly being done at the bequest of the team’s benefactor...

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