We wondered if anyone was going to "do the double" later this month, participating in both races at Motegi and Long Beach. One man and one man alone has risen to the challenge: Jack Arute.
Arute will cover the Firestone IndyCar 300 for the IndyCar Series at Motegi, Japan, with the telecast starting at midnight ET Saturday, April 19 (late Friday night). He will then fly from Japan to California and work the telecast of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the final race for the Champ Car World Series, at 5 p.m. ET. Both telecasts will be presented in high definition.
"Fortunately, I can sleep on airplanes with no problem," said Arute. "But I've asked one of the teams to have a cot in their pit at Long Beach, just in case I need it. And lots of coffee."
Jack is the man! Because I can only hope to emulate his dedication I will attempt a similarly rigorous endeavor that weekend. For the Motegi race I will be watching live on my computer in my bedroom, and afterwards I will journey all the way to my living room to take in the subsequent race at Long Beach on the HDTV. And yes Jack, I too will have lots coffee on hand for that
parade event. Be strong, and godspeed!
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