Audience Participation Required

Posted by Iannucci | 6/25/2008 | 30 comments »
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It’s long overdue, but we need some nicknames over here. Since the start of the season three drivers from three different racing series have entered as kinda sorta fulltime drivers in the IndyCar series. Might as well get ‘em some monickers.

Name: John Andretti
Team: Roth Racing:
Facts: Son of Mario’s twin brother Aldo, Andretti left open-wheel racing in the mid 90s for a decade of decadence in the N-Word where even a backmarker is paid handsomely. Generally regarded as a nice guy, he’s proven to be a solid driver even with a new team like Roth Racing.
Possible Nickname: “Andretti 2.5” per audience suggestion

Name: Jamie Camara
Team: Conquest Racing
Facts: Most recent pronunciation is “kuh-MAH-ruh”. Longtime Indy Lights competitor with 3 wins in 42 races. This Brazilian (there’s a brazillion of them!) is most famously known as being like a little brother to Tony Kanaan, once infamously confused with Anthonly Fedele.
Possible Nickname: “Z28” per audience suggestion

Name: Mario Dominguez
Team: Pacific Coast Motorsports
Facts: Former Champ Car regular with 2 wins and 12 podiums in 87 starts. Checking out his stats it looks like he’s had his best finishes at street races (4 Top 5s at Long Beach, 3 podiums at Surfers Paradise). Oh, and he’s from Mexico City.
Possible Nickname: “Super Mario” has been used by the media, but that’s far from original. Two words: Mario Lemieux.

Feel free to put on your suggestions in the comments. In fact, I’m begging you to do so.

As an addendum, the pictures for Marco Andretti and Graham Rahal are being changed after receiving numerous complaints. It seems Anonymous took issues to the fact that the previous pictures made the drivers look too young, despite the fact that they are, in fact, youthful. The horror.


  1. Anonymous // June 25, 2008 8:47 AM  

    Andretti 2.5 is good. Camara could be "Polaroid", except they're a TCGR sponsor. Mario could be El Ambassador.

  2. Anonymous // June 25, 2008 8:53 AM  

    Since the Indy Star always refers to John Andretti as being a Hoosier, how about Hoosier-dretti? It'd be extra funny if he ever had a little 4.0 to compete against of his own...

    As for Jamie, anything along the lines of Kodak, Nikon or Canon works with me. Heck, even Auto-un-focused would be suitable at times.

    And this is no shot at SuperTex, but I suppose Mario would be honored to be known as SuperMex.

  3. EnsErmac // June 25, 2008 9:20 AM  

    How about "Lapped Traffic" for the three of them...

  4. Anonymous // June 25, 2008 9:30 AM  

    John Andretti :

    beacuse John was in NAPCAR from 1995 to 2008 14 long years and returned to IndyCar this year.

    ever read the Bible ?

    well here is good nickname

    the Prodigal Son !

    Jamie Camara:

    well since 28 is not his number and 34 is.

    How about Z34 ?? Or do you remember the old Dead Milkmen song Bitchin' Camaro ?

    How about Bitchin' Camara ?

    Mario Dominguez:

    his initals are MD, how about Doc or the the Doc or el medico ?

    or Mario " DON't Vist Mexico City its a dive" Dominguez or

    Mario "I'm glad I don't live in Mexico City" Dominguez

  5. Anonymous // June 25, 2008 9:39 AM  

    Andretti - Given his advanced age for the current generation of drivers AARP-dretti

    Camara - HD-incar Camara

    Domingez - I second El Ambassador

  6. Anonymous // June 25, 2008 10:18 AM  

    I like El Ambassador the best. Andretti 2.5 and Prodigal Son are good. I don't like the camara brand name references. Those are just dumb.

  7. Anonymous // June 25, 2008 10:34 AM  

    Jaime Camara:
    Kodak's cameras aren't exactly the best, and Jaime isn't exactly the best driver on the planet....

  8. Anonymous // June 25, 2008 10:36 AM  

    Oh, and for Mario:
    Yet Another Ex-Champ Car Backmarker Driver In The IRL

  9. Anonymous // June 25, 2008 10:46 AM  

    I like el ambassador

    just out of curiosity

    mario = 1.0
    michael = 2.0
    john = 2.3
    jeff = 2.5
    adam = 2.7
    marco =3.0

    just trying to keep the family straight

  10. Anonymous // June 25, 2008 10:57 AM  

    "Ready Andretti" - he can drive anything and is ready at the drop of the green flag to do so. You won't find a driver in the IRL with his diverse background and/or experience.

  11. Anonymous // June 25, 2008 11:02 AM  

    Ah, nothing captures that "Deer in the Headlights" look as 3.0's new thumbnail, eh?

    And am I incorrect in saying that the Son of 'Stache is channeling Tupelo, Mississippi's favorite son in his new thumbnail?

    +1 vote on Bitchin' Camara. What driver comes with his own lyrics?

    Bitchin' Camara, Bitchin' Camara!
    Spinning on the track
    Bitchin' Camara, Bitchin' Camara!
    Running in the back

  12. Anonymous // June 25, 2008 11:35 AM  

    I like keeping the Andretti thing with a system, but I was thinking that John is more mature and less 'scared' than Marco, so he would be a Man-dretti.

  13. Fred Hurley // June 25, 2008 11:41 AM  

    John Andretti should be Luigi 2.0

    As in Mario's Partner in Racing 2.0

    What can I say, I played too many video games as a kid.

  14. Anonymous // June 25, 2008 11:52 AM  

    Andretti should be
    "The Other Andretti"
    "I'm not Mario's Brother, I'm his nephew"

    Jamie has to be "Z28"

    Mario should be "El Ambassador"

  15. Anonymous // June 25, 2008 2:35 PM  

    Jan Dretti

  16. Anonymous // June 25, 2008 2:39 PM  

    Yea, let's separate the mandretti from the boydretti.

  17. djl // June 25, 2008 3:18 PM  

    What about The Mexican Mediocrity for Dominguez?

    Or "Paul Tracy's BFF".

    Although I guess it should be mentioned that Dominguez has a ride and Tracy doesn't.

  18. Anonymous // June 25, 2008 5:57 PM  

    I say "Wheels" for Andretti because he can drive anything with wheels, though I do like Mandretti. I love Z28 for Jaime. As for Mario, how about Rapido Domingo?

  19. Anonymous // June 25, 2008 6:56 PM  

    I nominate Mario Dominguez as "the Mexi Meltdown"

  20. Anonymous // June 25, 2008 9:16 PM  

    wheels does kick butt for j andretti
    after all, openwheel, stocks, sports cars, drag strips, he can find speed going straight, doing twisties or just turning left. not many can do that.

  21. Anonymous // June 25, 2008 9:28 PM  

    Jamie = Jam-Car

    John = Jay Howard

    Mario = "Visit Mario"

  22. Nancy // June 25, 2008 9:43 PM  

    Aldo 2.0?

  23. Anonymous // June 26, 2008 6:55 AM  

    I want to change my vote for Andretti, how about "keeping Roth Racing alive in '08"

  24. Anonymous // June 26, 2008 7:00 AM  

    John "the Nice Guy" Andretti

    Jamie "not Jamie Little" Camara

    Ding could be "Mighty Mario" or the "Mighty Mexican" or some silly combination of those

  25. Anonymous // June 26, 2008 8:04 AM  

    El ambassador for Mario, Howard 2.0 for John, and "The Other Jamie" for Camara.

  26. mikebdot // June 26, 2008 8:57 AM  

    John Andretti "is slow" (rather than "is slowing down").

    Jamie "picture" Camara

    Mario "Tenochtitlan" Dominguez (he was taken over!)

  27. Jennifer Coomer // June 26, 2008 9:43 AM  

    John Andretti:
    -The Other White Meat.
    -Son of Aldo.
    -A Kinder Gentler Andretti
    -Aldo 2.0

    Jaimie/Jamie Camara:
    -I like Bitchin' Camara, too. I was fond of that song back in the day.
    -Or how about simple “Jamie”?
    Along the camera theme:
    *The Supermodel

    Mario Dominguez
    -I like El Medico (It has a certain Doctors Without Borders feel to it.)
    -I also like El Ambassador
    - The Other Mexican (I miss Adrian Fernandez)

    Anon's suggestion of "Jay Howard" was hilarious!

  28. Anonymous // June 26, 2008 6:04 PM  

    If I could figure out a square root on the computer I think John Andretti should be Andretti 2.0 squared. Or my dad just said Andretti 2.0 II. For the second of the second generation.

  29. Anonymous // June 26, 2008 8:01 PM  

    John Andretti :

    the Prodigal Son !

    Jamie Camara:

    How about Z34 ??

    How about Bitchin' Camara ?

    Mario Dominguez:

    his initals are MD, how about Doc or the the Doc or el medico ?

    or Mario " DON't Vist Mexico City its a dive" Dominguez or

    Mario "I'm glad I don't live in Mexico City" Dominguez

  30. Anonymous // June 27, 2008 1:14 PM  

    You must keep two things and I'll be a happy camper: First, keep the thumbnail picture of Son of 'Stache. That picture is awesome. Second, don't ever change his nichkname. That nickname is great. Whoever came up with it should be given an award.