Let's talk about drivers for a change

Posted by Iannucci | 2/14/2008 | 10 comments »
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It’s time to take pressdog’s advice and just back away from the newswires and the message boards for just a moment. Breaking news could likely happen in the next few seconds but, oh well. For now here’s a roundup of stories on IndyCar drivers.

Ryan Hunter-Reay was testing here in the Valley of the Sun earlier this week. Oddly enough RLR happened to mention what AGR did not, which is that both Hideki Mutoh and Danica Patrick were testing at PIR as well. It was a bit cold earlier this week so it’s unlikely Danica was going commando. Just sayin’.

Speaking of Danica, how would you like to get in her pit box? (DOH!) AirTran is having a contest providing winners to be a member of her pit crew for various races. You’re probably not going to be her right-rear tire changer, but if you get to wear the snappy black and blue Motorola gear you’ll be a total rockstar at the track. You can also still enter to win driving lessons from Danica in the Peak Sweepstakes, although if you’re lucky enough to win BOTH you could also be hit with a restraining order.

Both Oreo and Jeff Olson have stories on Danica’s REAL better half (that would be Dan Wheldon) worth reading, although neither author asked the hard-hitting dental questions that race fans demand.

Lucky for us Dan has fully exposed his new choppers in this amusing piece of work celebrating Scott Dixon’s wedding this weekend. Honestly after all the discussions we’ve given to his new grill I have to admit: those teeth almost look real.


  1. Doug // February 14, 2008 11:49 AM  

    "You’re probably not going to be her right-rear tire changer, but..."

    Given how her pit crew has performed this last season, it would be hard for someone to do worse.

    ...ok ok ok. I'm being factitious. Still, her pit crew wasn't exactly top notch. Just ask TK.

  2. Anonymous // February 14, 2008 12:46 PM  

    'ello, It's Dan Wheldon. I'm back and I AM SEXY! I am a SEXY BEAST!"

  3. John in Speedway // February 14, 2008 1:38 PM  

    You're right, the teeth almost do look real. Much better than a month or so ago (apparently they were a work in progress). Those shots of him in the IRL orientation video were hideous.

    If I worked on Danica's crew, my job would be easy. I wouldn't change anything on her rear. :P

  4. pressdog // February 14, 2008 2:23 PM  

    OMG. Dan has CRAZY skills. Only issue is he may get stripped of his British citizenship because his teeth ARE TOO GOOD.

  5. Deron Ertel // February 14, 2008 2:48 PM  

    I gotta tell you that I'm missing the m... stuff. It's been silent today but kinda fun over the last couple of weeks.

  6. Zappatista // February 14, 2008 2:51 PM  

    Well I have a new favorite IPS driver, check it....

    Tschops Sipuka (Chops Sih-POOH'-kuh)

    With a name like "Chops", you can't go wrong.

  7. Puretone Audio // February 14, 2008 7:40 PM  

    "It was a bit cold earlier this week so it’s unlikely Danica was going commando. Just sayin’."

    Jeff, what constitutes "a bit cold" for the Valley of the Shaq, for those of us still pulling icicles out of our nether regions?

  8. Allen Wedge // February 15, 2008 12:10 PM  

    figured you'd be interest in A.J.'s thoughts... on well.. everything


  9. Anonymous // February 15, 2008 12:32 PM  

    Sand Wedge,

    Thanks for the link, but there are some OBVIOUS errors in that story.

    1) A.J. Foyt won the Daytona 500 in 1972, not 1992 or 1971

    2) Darrell Waltrip was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, and lived at one time in Nashville, Tennessee. I did not know that being born in Kentucky meant one was "not a Southerner". I will give them a break on A.J. In the US of A, it depends on who you ask if Texas is a "Southern" state or not.

    With all that said, it is cool to see A.J. considers the Indianapolis 500 the numero uno race to win.

  10. Anonymous // February 15, 2008 12:35 PM  


    It's been 24 hours and I can't STAND it! Can we just engage in a little wild and completely baseless rumormongering?