A different Buddy Rice

Posted by Iannucci | 11/11/2008 | 12 comments »
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We hardly ever talk about Buddy Rice, and that's not good. Buddy's an Arizona guy like your humble host, Buddy never causes problems, and Buddy won the Indy 500. What's not to like?

Although he's become notwrothy for being the only IRL driver to have had three different women as teammates, Buddy hasn't noteworthy for winning a lot of races since going over to Dreyer & Reinbold. In fact, he kinda drops off the radar from time to time, expecially in the winter. So in case you forgot about Buddy and his flat billed hats reader indyfive has discovered a sign that will remind you.

Makes you wonder who else could attach their names to a business.

Helio Castroneves Dancing School?
Darren Manning's Steakhouse?
Dan Wheldon's Shoe Pavillion?
Vitor Meira's Second-Hand Clothes?

Hey, it's a long winter, people. We gotta pass the time somehow.


  1. Anonymous // November 11, 2008 7:29 AM  

    Can't forget the Andretti Winery ! (and a zillion other businesses they have)

  2. Iannucci // November 11, 2008 7:30 AM  

    That's right - winery, (not "whinery") and it's a very real business.

  3. Anonymous // November 11, 2008 10:21 AM  

    Castroneves Paycheck Loans? Too soon?

  4. Anonymous // November 11, 2008 10:33 AM  

    My dad was flying out of Phoenix one weekend during the summer and when he was getting up to leave, he saw Rice sitting some rows up from him in coach (yes, even when he's not at a racetrack, he wears his hat real low with a flat bill). Once he gets off the plane, he looks around but doesn't see him. He was going to wish him luck at the upcoming race, I think Watkins Glen. Unfortunately, no one else on the plane recognized a former 500 winner.

  5. Fred Hurley // November 11, 2008 11:24 AM  

    I'm so glad Buddy has stuck it out in IndyCar, by the way. I was worried when Red Bull started a Cup team that we'd lose him, but he's stuck it out. I really hope D&R can land some real money, and mount a charge one of these days. Buddy seems like a nice guy, and he's a true Indy racer, not just a guy who landed there once he washed out of GP2, or a guy looking to move into Cup as soon as possible. We need more Buddy Rice types.

  6. SS Minnow // November 11, 2008 12:41 PM  

    Dr. Dan's School of Dentistry
    Milka Duno's Towel Outlet
    Danica's Hand Puppet Supplies
    EJ's Body Shop
    Scott Dixon's Dry Ice Emporium
    Kannan's Rhinoplasty Clinic

    Think I'll dig out my tapes of past 500s to pass the time.....

  7. Anonymous // November 11, 2008 4:32 PM  

    Yeah, the Andrettis have a winery, but they've cornered the market on whining too. Three generations of the best excuses and whining in the history of motorsports.

  8. Anonymous // November 11, 2008 8:58 PM  

    Milka Duno's School of High Performance Driving

    Mrs. Patrick-Hospenthal's Young Women's School of Charm and Grace

    Dapper Dan's Euro-Style Salon

    In all seriousness, Buddy Rice is a pretty cool dude, and a world class gearhead, so him owning a machine shop is no surprise. As I recall, he's got a couple of hot rods he built himself in his garage, and he and his father built some drag-racing cars when he was younger. I seem to recall Buddy was excited to win the 2004 Indy 500 because that gave him cash enough to finish a custom 1949 Mercury he was working on.

    Buddy strikes me as a sort of AJ Foyt type: If the rules allowed it, he and his father would probably "womp up" an Indy car in the machine shop for next May.

  9. Iannucci // November 11, 2008 9:17 PM  

    First off, just to be clear I don't think Buddy Rice the Indy 500 champ owns that shop. I suppose he might, but it's in Oklahoma where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain.

    Second, mmack you got the car right but the story wrong.


    And it's a cool story.

  10. Anonymous // November 12, 2008 7:41 AM  

    There you go Jeff, being a journalist and checking facts! You're supposed to be a shameless word butcher slapping together a website. Remember, never let the facts get in the way of a good story.


    I knew Buddy had a custom '49 Merc and some other hopped up cars, and that his father built some drag racing cars. I guess I filled in the blanks as I went, sorta like Robin Miller. >:^)

  11. Anonymous // November 12, 2008 4:30 PM  

    Anthony Foyt's School of Fire Safety???..

  12. ganassiboy // November 13, 2008 8:52 PM  

    Ed Carpenters Wrecker Service & 24 Hr. Towing.

    Will Powers All-you-can-eat Buffet

    Vitor Meira Stunt Show ; Milwaukee, WI.

    Hedeki Mutohs Coin Laundry