Monday, April 21, 2008

Weekend recap

What you missed while considering the addition of Frank Thomas to your fantasy baseball team.

The IRL IndyCar Series received the PR-coup they have waited for since Danica Patrick signed with a top-flight team. Mrs. Patrick won a race. In Japan. Televised on ESPN Classic. That aired at 10 PM EST on a Saturday. Ideal? No. Good for IndyCar? You bet. Unfortunately, more people tuned in to Classic's coverage of the 2002 Professional Bullriders Association World Finals that aired after the race. Eight seconds of pure excitement.

Will Power took the Champ Car Finale in the LBC. Alex Tagliani was in the top-three for much of the afternoon, only to be relegated to a seventh place finish for Derrick Walker. An unfortunate outcome for a team who wanted nothing more than to spur the Aussie Vineyards group that left him sans sponsorship two weeks before the season started. Oh well.

The LBC was also host to the ALMS. Audi took 1-2 overall, beating the highly favored Porsche LMP2 cars. In fact, Porsche didn't even win their class (make that any class). David Brabham and Scott Sharp scored the first victory for Patron Highcroft Racing in LMP2. Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen won GT1 in their Corvette, while Tafel Racing took GT2 honors with Dirk Mueller and Dominik Farnbacher in their Ferrari F430 GT.

The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race was won by ESPN's Jamie Little. This again proves her supremacy over fellow-female pit reporter Brienne Pedigo. Little beat Mike Skinner. That is kinda impressive. I guess.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series had a road racing fiesta in Mexico City. Kyle Busch was able to hold off the road racing aces like Scott Pruett and Marcos Ambrose to take his third straight NNS win. Ambrose wrecked Boris Said. Boris got mad.

Also trying to avoid Montezuma's revenge in Mexico was the Grand American Rolex Series. Jim Matthews and Marc Goossens were able to best the Ganassi-duo of Pruett and Memo Rojas. In GT it was Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell in a Pontiac GXP.R taking maiden victory. Cheers to all of the above.

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