Back on track

Posted by Iannucci | 10/09/2007 | 3 comments »
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Sorry for the down time, but I had to go back to beautiful Northern California for a few days of decompression. That translates to taking a vacation without the kids, consuming deliciously over-priced meals, and sampling free beverages at the glorious Anchor Brewing Company. Mmmm, Anchor Steam beer.

We now return to our regularly scheduled updates, already in progress...

From the world of tin tops: Say what you want about Indy 500 winners shifting to NAPCAR en masse, but you can’t deny that Jacques Jack Villeneuve represented well this weekend in his first Cup race at Talladega. Not only did he qualify sixth(!), but during warm up laps he voluntarily dropped back to the back so as not to play a factor in the race and the championship. Respect. He eventually finished 21st, still on the lead lap.

Meanwhile, Uncle Sam is now 0-3 as he DNQ’d again. Unless The Captain buys a Top 35 spot (yes, you can do that in the N-word), Hornish is looking like he will have lots of time to ponder decisions on Sundays next year. Or just hang out at the track. Or even watch IndyCar races.

Speaking of fenders, here’s the Quote of the Day:

“You speak English?” – unnamed ARCA official to Dario Franchitti before his first stock car race last Friday
In actual racing news, the ubiquitous Allan Brewer says Buddy Rice will be rolling in A1GP in the Czech Republic this weekend after finishing in 13th in the Netherlands in late September. Check out the picture of Buddy at and tell me Buddy doesn’t have an Evel Knievel vibe going. I mean all he needs is the cape.

From news of the Happy Feet variety, Helio Castroneves was apparently Dancing well again despite suffering some sort of injury. I haven’t seen the footage yet so I can’t confirm if he blamed this on Tomas Scheckter’s inability to get out of the way.

For what it’s worth, Champ Car’s premier team issued this entire press release: "Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing is committed to the Champ Car World Series." OK then.

And lastly congratulations to Tony George on becoming a (step-)Grandpa. According to Ed Carpenter and his wife Heather “welcomed Makenna Alayne, early Oct. 9. The vitals: 7 pounds, 1 ounce ... 20.5 inches long.” Also, Indy Pro dominator Alex Lloyd and his wife Samantha welcomed a daughter named Ava, on Oct. 5 at 6 pounds, 11 ounces. In other words, these two young ladies are already nearly as big as Danica!


  1. Unknown // October 09, 2007 9:40 AM  

    Evel Knievel?


    That is funny!

    Does look that way, doesn't it??

  2. Anonymous // October 09, 2007 11:12 AM  

    As soon as I read the words Anchor Steam, my interest piqued, as I've long been a fan of that beer since my old beer drinking days back in D.C. at The Brickskeller @ 22nd & P, NW (how's that for a shameless plug?).

    When I read about Newman/Haas, I yawned.


  3. pressdog // October 09, 2007 1:35 PM  

    Jeffy's beer of the blog is ANCHOR STEAM. Tasty.