There is no substitute for a teammate who knows his shizzle.
Those following the Timing and Scoring on the first day of open practice at Indy will note the busy morning for El Nariz, who was pretty much saving half his team from possible Indy obscurity.
#11 Tony Kanaan has the first lap over 222 mph this month.
Tony Kanaan will be shaking down the #26 car.
Tony Kanaan quickly takes the #26 car over 223 mph.
Tony Kanaan will shake down the #7 car.
#26 Marco Andretti is over 222 mph for the first time.
#7 Danica Patrick is quickly over 222 mph.
Hmmm. Let's guess which Andretti (father? son? grandpa?) suggested this idea after all the handling issues the #26 had at Homestead and Kansas. As for his excursion in the #7, maybe that was so Danica! could do a few more interviews.
It should be noted Marco's father Andretti 2.0 and Mr Judd were able to shake down their own cars in excess of 221 MPH. Meanwhile the TCGR teammates were in excess of 224 MPH.
UPDATE: As if this isn't enough, Kanaan will be posting daily blog entries at MyRacer.com. From yesterday's first post:
Every year on the day before we start practicing for the Indy 500, the drivers go to the grocery store to stock up for the month of May. Almost all of us stay here at the Speedway in motorcoaches in the infield, so, just like everybody else, we have to fill our refrigerators.If Tony ever wants to quit his day job and take over My Name Is IRL, it's his. I'm totally serious and I wouldn't hesitate one nanosecond.
But, unlike everybody else, we usually don’t shop for groceries, so this little trip is always an adventure, as it was Sunday night when Dario Franchitti, Marco Andretti and I piled into my car and went to a nearby Meijer store. Four paragraphs into my first blog and I‘m plugging sponsors. Once we got there, we bought Oreos and M&Ms and Coca-Cola and Canadian Club and Jim Beam while talking on our Motorola phones. I cannot believe I just typed that with a straight face.
While we were in the store, I noticed about 55 photos of Danica, one of Dario, and none of me. Funny enough, a guy came up to me at the checkout lane and wished me luck. He said he would be cheering for me and loved the Indy 500. Dario and Marco were standing right next to me, but the guy didn’t recognize them at all. He didn't even acknowledge their existence. I felt good about that. My picture isn’t everywhere, but people recognize me. I’m telling you, it’s the nose.Nariz! Tony, this probably doesn't mean much, but if we ever actually had something to sell we would most assuredly be posting your proboscular mug all over our products.