Eddie Gossage strikes again

Posted by Iannucci | 5/15/2008 | 3 comments »
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When they take to the track the current IndyCar roster features the names of several famous families of motorsport, such as Andretti, Foyt and Rahal. And thanks to Über-promoter Eddie Gossage, when the show comes to Texas Motor Speedway in a few weeks you can add another famous name to the docket.

Knievel.

Legendary motorcycle daredevil Robbie Knievel announced today that he will attempt “Kaptain Robbie Knievel’s Great American Hummer® Jump” Presented By Frac Tech Services during the pre-race activities for the June 7 Bombardier Learjet 550k IndyCar Series event at Texas Motor Speedway.

Knievel, son of daredevil icon Evel Knievel, will attempt to jump 20 Hummer® vehicles courtesy of Sewell Hummer on the speedway’s frontstretch. The jump is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT, 90 minutes prior to the start of the Bombardier Learjet 550k IndyCar Series race. He, along with Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage, made the announcement in the Samsung Media Center Victory Theater after arriving in Hummers to the music of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” and red, white and blue confetti.

“To me, the jump is all about the show for the audience,” Knievel said. “Nobody puts on a show anymore. As an entertainer and growing up with my dad and being the son of Evel Knievel, it’s a great thing to get to do this for a living. Guys still come up to me now and say, ‘This is my dad that brought me to see your dad, and here’s my son that I brought to see you.’ That’s pretty cool to think that we span three generations.”

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20 Hummers, eh? This should fall somewhere on Robbie’s list of jumps between 25 police cars and 16 "full-size RVs".

(Thanks to pressdog for the tip)

3 comments

  1. Jennifer of Dog.Yarn.Knit. // May 15, 2008 11:32 AM  

    Wow. Really? Next thing you know they'll be bringing back The Battle of the Network Stars.

    (in some ways that is really kind of awesome. but don't tell anybody i said that)

  2. pressdog // May 15, 2008 12:01 PM  
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  3. pressdog // May 15, 2008 12:02 PM  

    Let me try again ... the guy will ride around, do the jump, get off the bike, take off his helmet and it's not Robbie at all! It's ....... Paul Tracy! Sorry to spoil it for everyone.