With "Friends" like this...

Posted by Iannucci | 5/21/2007 | 6 comments »
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Special thanks to reader Jennifer for pointing out that this morning the three drivers who comprise Row 1 of the field of 33 made an appearance to promote the race on the nationally televised Fox and Friends. This looked to be a fine litle feature on three very personable drivers, at least until host Brian Kilmeade opened his mouth.

"...and guess who I'm joined by? Ill-io CASTRO-Novus, Tony KAY-nin and Dayrio Fran-CHEETY."

Yes friends, this professional broadcaster butchered ALL THREE names. It only goes downhill from there as Kilmeade refers to the Indy 500 as "The Great American Race", which last I checked was the pitch line for that NAPCAR race in Florida every February.

He also concluded the interview by confusing Dario with Tony and then pitching his book. That's right - Kilmeade, the interviewer, is pitching his book. And making matters worse he talks about the the drivers mentioned in the book, like Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch...excuse me while I have an aneurysm.


  1. Anonymous // May 22, 2007 3:26 AM  

    That explains why they all look ON FIRE to be there.

  2. Anonymous // May 22, 2007 3:34 AM  

    Friends don't let friends be on Fox.

    Just consider it "fair & balanced" news coverage.

  3. Anonymous // May 22, 2007 5:33 AM  

    Probably accused the Indy Car Series of being Liberal Racing and asked each one of them to see their green cards.

  4. Lisa // May 22, 2007 7:12 AM  

    kilmeade... what a maroon! as i watched that interview i was getting more and more embarrassed for the drivers. i've never understood how a journalism professional can botch names of guests. but the classic faux paux was the self-promotion of his book! YIKES!!!

  5. Jennifer Coomer // May 22, 2007 7:51 AM  

    Friends, we have a lot of work to do to promote our sport. We can't rely on the media. Or the IRL for that matter.

  6. Anonymous // May 22, 2007 7:59 AM  

    BK is not just a 'journalist'....he got his start in sports journalism. Regardless, it's up to the segment producer to make sure shit like that doesn't happen. Surprised they'd be so sloppy...Tools.