Monday, September 18, 2017

Gone Campin', again...

Tomaso viewing Ocean at Fort Casey, part of Washington's past Triangle 'O Fire Forts. (The Tomaso Collection)
But does anybody care? Hey! I'm just girding Thyself for the now de riggour 243 Dazes IndyCar Off-season...

While much noise will have been made over the Uhm, excitement of the IndyCar season finale at sleepy 'lil Sonoma, yesterday, which potentially was a good 'Ol Donnybrook between the title protagonists.

Yet Infineon or Whatever it's called these Dazes? Will forever be Sears Point Raceway for Mwah, having last made a return engagement in 2014...

Instead, your humble No Fenders scribe Tomaso and his traveling Wyldberry's' have set off to the tranquility of Maristone Island in Duh GURR-REAT! Pacific Northwest for two nights of rustic camping in one of Fort Flagler's multitude 'O veritable Army "Huts" reputedly built in 1896; Aye Karumba!

As pretty certain they've got running water now... Electricity? Crickets? Oh Never Mind!

Hence, as previously mentioned, Watkins Glen was my final IndyCar race of this year that I got to follow; Uhm watch; Err listen to, remotely. Thanxs to the IMS Radio Network, where it was fun hearing Davey Hamilton muse over how the Juan' Guy you DON'T want chasing you is; Guess Who? Drum-roll please; Tuh-Duh! Scott Dixon.

As I've already previously lamented how I DON'T want any of the Penske boys Kissing the Astor Cup this year, instead wanting Dixon to win an amazing fifth championship!

But since I'll be "Out 'N Aboot" during the Sonoma Double Points Season Finale; BARF! Yo Marcus "I've Gotz A Plan?" Miles, scrap the El Stupidio Double Points format, Puh-lease!

Therefore, I'll need to rely upon F1 News Hound Jonathan's Smartfone' to tell me the results of the race's outcome, along with the score of how badly those Seattle Seahawks lit up his San Francisco 49ers!

Which I suppose is somewhat Apropos, since after all the Wine 'N Cheese crowd from the Bay like hosting Indy Cars final outing at Sonoma, where they can party and be fashionable all weekend long...

Meanwhile, going down another Wabbit Hole, believe this will be the original Captain America, nee J.R. Hildebrand's first time back at Sonoma, to race in anger in four years, when he substituted for TAG' during the season ending Californian events, i.e.; Sonoma and Fontana, then the season finale. As J.R. hails from Sausalito, albeit now residing in Denver.

As Alex Tagliani, who'd presumably brought the Barracuda Networks title sponsorship with him to Bryan Herta Autosport that season, was unceremoniously Dumped following his twin home races in Toronto, with rookie Luca Filippi filling the seat for three races that year while splitting driving duties with Hildebrand.

Since I do like J.R., one of the few IndyCar Drivers to honour me with an eclectic interview request, along with having tested for Force India Wayback in 2009! It would be nice if he topped off his first full season campaign for ECR with another podium finish.

Whilst I also recall that Hildebrand ran a San Francisco 49ers theme livery racecar at Sonoma that year, right?