Monday, June 30, 2008
This is for those of you who, like us, spent the entirety of the weekend drinking beer and attempting to fight one of these guys.
- The IRL IndyCar Series took to the short track known as Richmond International Raceway, and everyone wrecked. Literally. Only eight cars finished on the lead lap and a mere dozen finished, period. Tony Kannan was able to prevail in the race that felt more like a figure-eight event than an Indy Car race. Jaime Camara was able to put in a good run, leading about 40-laps before finding the wall.
- The NHRA was in Norwalk, Ohio for the second annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. (This marks the second anniversary of the NHRA's exodus from National Trail Raceway, tear.) Two rounds of qualifying were washed out. Pro winners were Doug Herbert (TF); Tony Pedregon (FC); Greg Anderson (PSC) and Hector Arana (PSB). For Arana, this was his first win in 149 career starts.
- It rained in the northeast, and when said rain happened, Kurt Busch happened to be leading the NASCAR race in NH. We saw exactly zero laps of this race, and were so un-enthused for the prospects of the event, we were not able to finish our world-famous race preview. Oh well. Big props to Patrick Carpentier for earning his first pole in NASCAR. He finished 31st.
Bernie Ecclestone reportedly warned Max Mosley that a contingent of folks was looking to discredit him. This warning came a full two months before the Mosley Nazi-Sex tape surfaced. Does that mean that Bernie was not the cameraman as we reported?
Andretti Green Racing shook up their ALMS program by firing Bryan Herta and Christian Fittipaldi. According to speedtv.com's Marshall Pruett (again, no relation), Fittipaldi was just slow and Herta was a passenger on his sinking ship. It's a shame as Herta is one of the best development drivers and racers around. Pruett says he will no problem getting another sports car ride. We hope this is true.
The Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship (exhale) stumbled into French-Canada. Read about it. It was probably entertaining.