Don't know much

Posted by Iannucci | 10/01/2007 | 9 comments »
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Things have been rather silent around here lately, with what news there has been being relatively un-newsworthy. In the past few days the IndyStar ran a story about Sarah Fisher, which basically said she was teamless but looking to participate next year – something I think we all figured was the case.

Meanwhile Penske Racing is preparing for it’s (nearly) imminent future, as Curt Cavin reported that Ryan Briscoe joined “Happy Feet” Castroneves for testing at THE Milwaukee Mile last week. Again, Briscoe preparing for the second Team Penske car is no surprise. Nicole Manske is already taking “smile and wave” pointers from Crystal Hornish.

In other forms of racing, 1995 Indy 505 winner Jacque Villenueve finished 21st in his Truck racing debut. Jack says “We learned a lot tonight; we had a lot of pit stops.” If over the weekend he had gone bar-hopping with his friends, got liquored up and tried to hit on every girl in sight, would he end up saying the same thing?

Anyhow, no news with Dario Franchitti since AGR is holding him to contractual obligations. And no other driver news, silly season or otherwise. And nothing officially announced with the “Value” plan. And the 17th race of 2008 on Moon Base Alpha has not been announced.

Quite honestly, the most interesting read hasn’t had anything to do with IndyCars. It would appear F1 castaway and N-word wannabe Scott Speed has redefined the term "Prima Donna", judging from his shock and horror at the policies of American tin top racing. From SpeedTV.com:

“In open-wheel racing, you always have someone on the team who buckles you into your seat. I got into my seat today waiting for someone to buckle me in and then after awhile realized I was supposed to buckle myself in. I’m not used to bringing my own helmet to the car either!

“[But] the most surprising thing is that I just don’t dress like these people yet. I got harassed by some of the ARCA officials for my shorts – which I wasn’t supposed to be wearing in the garage – and for my hat because it’s what Europe would call high fashion, but I guess it’s not considered that here...”
I’ll let Marc from Full Throttle express the sentiment:

Would it be uncalled for if I suggested they left him unbuckled and sent him on his way?

And I suppose sending Speed out without his Brain Bucket and only protected by his “high fashion Euro-hat” would also be classified as way out of line.

I tend to agree it is out of line, but there it is on digital paper and I have no intentions of removing it. In fact I have something to add; Just shut up and drive (assuming you can) you arrogant, spoiled pompous ass!

9 comments

  1. mmack // October 01, 2007 9:11 AM  

    Jeff,

    You know, I'm enjoying the "open wheel invasion" of NA$CAR and it's effects on them thar Good Ol' Boys more and more every day.

    The next question I have is when will SeaBass get blamed for Toro Rosso's failures and get the knife in the back like Speed did? Will he be in NA$CAR by 2009?

  2. Johnny // October 01, 2007 10:18 AM  

    I don't know. If you see how well Vettel went this weekend, Scott Speed looks like he'll be the main whipping boy concerning the problems at STR. I'm not sure what it says about High Fasion Scotty™ that a 19 year old and very green rookie can consistently out qualify and out finish him in essentially the same car.

  3. mmack // October 01, 2007 10:57 AM  

    Johnny,

    If what you say holds true and SeaBass can't outqualify Vettel (who set a record this weekend by being the youngest driver in F1 history to lead a GP) in '08, then expect to see Bourdais in NA$CAR by '09, or at least ARCA or Craftsman Trucks.

    I like the "High Fasion Scotty" line, and I agree with Jeff about "American" Scott Speed: put your own damned helmet on and buckle your own damned belts, pretty boy!

    Somewhere, Old Ironhead must be shaking his head in disbelief at all this.

  4. Johnny // October 01, 2007 11:13 AM  

    Mmack, I think SeaBass will have 2 full years to make it or break it with STR. F1 has been desparate for a popular French driver for a L-O-N-G, the last one being Prost I guess, and the FIA/FOM will make sure STR are compensated with enhanced TV revenue payouts for employing a French driver. Remember, unlike the US, France still has a GP next year...hence the investment. Also at this rate Vettel will likely be bought by another team before this time next year. STR could stand to make a huge windfall for selling his services elsewhere. even if it's just the other Red Bull team.

    I'm glad you like the High Fashion Scotty™ bit. I have taken a ton of heat writing and talking about the real Scott Speed after meeting him at the USGP this summer, I'm glad to see other people are starting to pick up on it.

    I hate to self promote TOO MUCH but HFS will be discussed on the next episode of my podcast on Thursday night.

  5. Carrie // October 01, 2007 11:25 AM  
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  6. Jeff Iannucci // October 01, 2007 11:25 AM  

    Doesn't the band name "Depeche Mode" translate from French as "fast/speedy fashion"?

    With songs like "Never Let Me Down Again", "It's No Good", and "Personal Jesus", I'm thinking there's a lot of potential for snark.

    Just sayin'.

  7. Carrie // October 01, 2007 11:26 AM  

    Wow. I've read, like, one quote from him in my life and I want to punch Scott Speed in the head already. I think it's a record.

  8. Anonymous // October 01, 2007 5:45 PM  

    Shouldn't WE ALL be Mad @ Speed for going to ARCA instead of IRL ???

  9. Johnny // October 01, 2007 6:06 PM  

    He's gotta go where Red Bull tells him to, he's their employee. Let Red Bull know you'd like to see them in the IRL.