Deploying myself

Posted by Iannucci | 4/16/2009 | 7 comments »
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The local paper here in the Valey of the Sun has an article today entitled "Tips to avoid N****R traffic this weekend". I was about to click on it, but then I remembered...


That's right, friends. Sam Hornish Jr is in town, but your humble host is not. For the first time since Danica Patrick's rookie season there is an IndyCar Series race within a day's drive of this here word butcher, and it just so happens it's now perhaps the second-most famous event on the schedule. I mean, it's thrilling enough to see an IndyCar race of any kind in person, but this event also features the Toyota Pro Celebrity Race. Jamie Little, Keanu Reeves, Al Unser Jr, and most importantly Chloe from "24".

With credential in hand I'll be updating My Name Is IRL from the media center, which means I'll have innumerable conversations explaining "No, I'm not pressdog - I'm that other guy." I'll also be providing twitter updates @MyNameIsIRL throughout the weekend, and if I can find a spare camera laying around perhaps even some pictures as well.

LIVE on location coverage starts tomorrow. Let me know if you have any requests - I'm there to represent.


  1. // April 16, 2009 10:09 AM  

    Have a blast, man. I only got to see Friday practice last year, but it was a pretty awesome event. Also, according to my friend, there's a place to get a really good cannoli somewhere in LB.

  2. The SpeedGeek // April 16, 2009 10:49 AM  

    Requests? How 'bout an interview with Chloe from "24"? Any time you can score some face-to-face time with and alum of "Mr. Show" in a racing setting, you've gotta do it. Or, how about a picture of Justin Wilson standing next to a standing-on-shoulders P1 and P2, so's that we can see just how freakishly awesomely tall that guy is in proper scale?

    Seriously, though, enjoy. Should be a great weekend.

  3. mmack // April 16, 2009 12:02 PM  

    which means I'll have innumerable conversations explaining "No, I'm not pressdog - I'm that other guy."I can see it now:

    "You mean you're Will from Is It May Yet?

    "No, I'm not Will."

    "Are you Arni? I loved your YouTube videos"

    "No, I'm not Arni."

    "Are you Johnny?"

    (Getting exasperated) "No, I'm not Johnny."

    "Are you that Defender dude?"

    "No, I'm not Defender of the IRL!"

    "You're not that mmack guy, are you?"

    GOOD GOD NO!!!!!!!!!:^P

    I'll send you $5 if you show up on Versus standing behind Jack Arute during the race wearing a "Free Helio!" t-shirt. $10 if it has the Monopoly icon of Helio behind bars below the words "Free Helio!".

    Other than that, I have no requests other than you have a fun time.

  4. Bash // April 16, 2009 12:36 PM  

    Oh, nice! Same questions as for the pdog at Kansas - where do proper writers, broadcasters and word butchers alike find the best free food? What hospitality area has the best swag? What's on the media center buffet? Y'know, the mission critical stuff. :)

    Have a great time!

  5. SandWedge // April 16, 2009 3:53 PM  

    I agree, be the first to start the trend of holding up signs behind the pre-race show guys.

  6. pressdog // April 16, 2009 6:47 PM  

    It's going to be TWEET-tastic. You and Arute ... partying like rock stars ... in the Pit Lane Sky Lair.

  7. AZZO45 // April 17, 2009 7:52 PM  

    Lot more Toyota "celebs" via charity auctions I see...

    Also Mr "Dee-Dee-Dee" himself, Carlos Mencia will be driving in the race. Perhaps an in-car mic set up for his Comedy Central show???