GoDaddy aired another silly ad featuring Danica Patrick during tonight's Super Bowl, but according to the braintrust at TrackSide Online now might be the time for her to get a deal instead with Outback Steakhouse.
On an interesting technical note, the IRL will count both the driver and car weight in 2008. Exactly how they will do that, we don't know. Those details will be given to the teams later via technical bulletins. This means the total minimum weight could actually be different for different tracks. There is sure to be a different weight for the ovals versus the road courses as has been the case in the past. The reason for that detail is simple - steel brake rotors are required on road courses, versus carbon fiber on ovals. Together with the rest of the road course package, that added around 75 pounds to the minimum weight in the past.Let's see Mrs Hospenthal sitting at the table having a big slab of meat, a baked potato with all the fixins, a Bloomin' Onion, and a Chocolate Thunder from Down Under added just for good measure. And let's have her sharing it all with Robbie Gordon.
The IRL will put out something more official, and clearer, in the future, but for now, here is what the 2008 IRL rule book states:
Appendix B, 103, D (page 110/111) - "The Car and Driver together shall have an overall minimum weight to be identified in a bulletin. This Car/Driver weight includes all lubricants and coolants to be used, but does not include fuel. If ballast is utilized, it must be securely bolted in the main chassis structure from a line behind the pedal bulkhead or securely attached within the bellhousing in a position approved by Officials."