Have you seen this guy?

Posted by Iannucci | 8/15/2008 | 12 comments »
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This may or may not be a coincidence, but reader Jennifer seems to have stumbled on to a phenomenon I too have witnessed. In no way does it stereotype all fans of this particular driver, but it does seem that individuals who match this description seem to be cheering for the same dude.

Every year we go to the Nashville race … okay, so ever year we went to the IRL race. There is always “that guy” who stands up every time Tony Kanaan comes through the front straightaway. I mean, every time. Every single lap “That Guy” will stand and point and holler and root TK on in a near violent way. “That Guy” may even flip off the other drivers as they go by. “That Guy” may even turn around and try to get others to hoot and holler for TK. Well, this year there was more than one of them. There may have even been three in our area.

The photo has been provided by reader John in Nashville (I know - more readers named John) who has also been witness to this type of individual. And a monumental discovery like this demands it be plagiarized immortalized in song.

Bud Light Presents Real Men of Genius
(Real Men of Genius)

Today, we salute you, Mr. S**t-Faced Tony Kanaan Fan
(Mr. S**t-Faced Tony Kanaan Fan)
They say those who can't race have to take a seat.
Apparently those who can't sit proudly stand,
Intoxicated and shouting obscenities.
(Thats right, motherf****r)
Thanks to you,
Tony constantly receives vital race-winning encouragement
Like "Get around that b***h",
And "Out of the way, a**holes".
(Shout it out now)
Bud Light, check.
Cigarette, check.
Percentage of Tony’s winnings, no check.
(Beer ain’t FREEEEEE)
So here's to you, oh sultan of shouting.
We're all clear on who your favorite driver is,
But as long as you keep swearing at him,
We'll keep staring at you.
(Mr. Sh**-Faced Tony Kanaan Fan)


  1. Anonymous // August 15, 2008 3:29 PM  

    That guy sat behind me at Richmond

  2. Demond Sanders // August 15, 2008 4:57 PM  

    Flipping hilarious, but what is the explanation for this phenomenon?

    Is it the power of the 7-11 marketing machine? Man walks into the convenience store to buy a pack of smokes and comes out a raving TK fan. . .

  3. Anonymous // August 15, 2008 5:17 PM  

    Over my 19 Indy 500's, I seen that guy many times. There was That Guy that flipped of Bobby Rahal every lap. That Guy that yelled Grrrr-aero every time Roberto Guerrero went by. And That Crazy Old Woman that yelled Go Mario every lap for three years. I love That Guy. He makes things more fun...most of the time

  4. Jennifer of Dog.Yarn.Knit. // August 15, 2008 8:43 PM  

    I know what the phenomenon is...

  5. Chris // August 16, 2008 10:45 AM  

    I love the Real Men Of Genius songs... they are awesome, mainly because I haven't been overwhelmed by them.

  6. SevenEleven4EVER // August 16, 2008 10:50 AM  

    Sorry about Richmond, man. I wasn't even drinking that night. ;-)

  7. llilly // August 16, 2008 6:50 PM  

    He was standing on his seat in front of me at the 500.

  8. internets // August 17, 2008 6:57 AM  

    Here's a video from youtube of "That guy" cheering for Danica.


  9. Robert-NJ // August 17, 2008 9:31 AM  

    He is sooo drunk he thinks he is rooting for Jeff Gordon!! Sorry, I'm trying to get my dad help, I'll keep him home from now on!

  10. Billy Coy // August 18, 2008 4:58 AM  

    Hey Anonymous

    I was and sill am I big Roberto Guerrero fan and we took the shuttle so I didn't have to drive home

  11. Jim // August 18, 2008 5:59 AM  

    So ya'll think I'm funny huh? Next time come on down and have a beer with me unless you're rooting for TK's teammates like that hussy Danica or that other Japernese feller or that kid Marco that wrecks all the damn time. Boy looks like a 12 year old I swear to God man.

  12. Anonymous // August 19, 2008 5:39 PM  

    Hey, wait a second, that's me.
    And I wasn't drunk, I was just drinking.