Congratulations and I'm sorry

Posted by Iannucci | 3/16/2008 | 10 comments »
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Good news for Sam Hornish Jr, who used his 7th place start to drive to an authoritative (ahem) 29th place finish...and that's a good thing, because according to the unofficial standings Sam is now ranked at the golden spot of #35 thereby guaranteeing him a spot in every Cup-level N-word race for the remainder of the season.

Unfortunately, Dario Franchitti struggled yet again and now sits in 39th, meaning he must now attempt to qualify on speed for one of the 8 up-for-grabs spots at any given race.

Just as a side note, has anyone else thought it odd that the N-Word is using that "Let's See How Far We've Come" song so much? Did they bother to notice the rest of the lyrics?

The cars are moving like a half a mile an hour if that,
and started staring at the passengers who're waving goodbye
can you tell me what was ever really special about me all this time?

But I believe the world is burning to the ground
oh well I guess we're gonna find out
let's see how far we've come
let's see how far we've come

Well I, believe, it all, is coming to an end
oh well, I guess, we're gonna pretend,
let's see how far we've come
let's see how far we've come

And you thought the Mindy Song was bad. Yikes!

Now barring spectacular news, My Name Is IRL will cease coverage of stock car racing for the next six months. I promise, because we're all about to hold hands in Miami and start the unification sensation.


  1. Joseph Laneve // March 16, 2008 3:31 PM  

    Actually, the locked-in drivers will now fluctuate from week-to-week, so if Hornish finishes poorly at Martinsville, and falls out of the top 35 in points, then he isn't locked in. And if Dario can qualify in to the next few races and improve his points position, he can get himself into a locked-in position.

  2. Iannucci // March 16, 2008 3:42 PM  

    Is that right? Man, I really should stop trying to understand that Cup scoring system.

  3. Anonymous // March 16, 2008 4:36 PM  

    The difference between Sam and Dario is equipment! Chip Ganassi doesn't have an edge on Nascar Penske has passed him. But glad one of them is in the top 35 dumb rule.

  4. Fred Hurley // March 16, 2008 5:16 PM  

    Hornish will be at Indy if he falls out of the top 35, and can't get back in. Same with Franchitti. I feel like IndyCar management wants to see this, and might help make it happen. Just a prediction.

  5. Anonymous // March 17, 2008 3:07 AM  

    ♫ kumbiya ♫

  6. Anonymous // March 17, 2008 5:57 AM  

    And to complete the updates on our open wheel wanderers, Sebastian "Now let's see what I can do with real competition" Bourdais came home in 8th place (or seventh, depending on which story you read on in his first start as a cast member of "Uncle Bernie's Traveling Circus", aka the Formula One circuit. He was solidly in fourth when his Toro Rosso "Blowed Up Real Good" two laps from the end. SeaBass captured two points for Toro Rosso.

  7. Anonymous // March 17, 2008 6:56 AM  

    As a Sam Hornish apologist I feel the need to note that if not for two accidents that weren't his fault at Fontana and Vegas, Sam would be around's pretty amazing that with a 43rd and a 41st place finish of five races, he's actually in the top 35.

  8. Carrie // March 17, 2008 11:14 AM  

    I tend to disagree about Ganassi not having the equipment compared to Penske. That bad equipment hasn't hurt Sorenson or Juan Problem a bit.

    Saying it's the only reason Dario isn't in the top 35 is short-changing what Sam's done and also what Reed & Juan have done.

  9. Anonymous // March 17, 2008 8:53 PM  

    WHY would any IndyCar fan want them to be in the Top 35 in NAPCAR fans ???

  10. Carrie // March 18, 2008 8:19 AM  

    Oh I dunno.

    I dont want them to be out of the top 35 because that means they've failed at NASCAR. As an Indycar fan, I don't want to see two of my past champions fail in another series because it cheapens the IRL.