Saturday, May 24, 2008

Weekend of Motor Racing Joy!

Update ...

At Monaco ... the worlds most expensive street race.

No luck for Ferrari ... Felipe Massa got third after messing up the lead with a dumb move and Kimi Raikkonen really screwed up taking himself out in the closing laps along with the hapless Adrian Sutil who was looking good in p4. Bad strategy and bad timing for the Ferrari boys.

Lewis Hamilton was all business making up for an early shunt to beat back the clock and his opponents positions right up to the end.
Hamilton 1st, Kubica 2nd, Massa 3rd

At Indianapolis the 200mph merry go round.

My rooting for Danica Patrick do no good whatsoever ... after starting on the second row in p5 she slid back in the pack for most of the race.... eventually making her way back up to 5th and then getting knocked on pit road of all places by the guy I pegged for being a problem Ryan Briscoe. Plenty of drama in a race that had nearly as many laps run under pace car speeds as racing.
I shut the TV off when Danica got clipped on pit lane.











Thanks to grandprix dot com

Although the Monaco F1 race is probably the least promising in terms of pure racing action and passing ... the tight and unforgiving course has it's own particular set of challenges.

Often described as a high speed parade due to the lack of passing or even possibility of passing under race conditions the event remains one of the high points of the F1 season.

The television coverage is excellent with plenty of great camera locations and live action from many angles. The event itself is often either a turning point in the fortunes of teams and drivers or a milestone on the route of the seasons trend line. It's the potential for and history of calamity that in my view makes this race one of the must see races.

In that sense we already have a good one shaping up. Team Ferrari has locked up the essential front row spots with Massa and Raikkonen sitting in P1 and P2 the first since 2000.
It's Felipe's first pole at Monaco. However, a less positive statistic for the young number two man in the Ferrari camp ..... the last time a Ferrari pilot one the race from the pole position was 1979 when Jody Scheckter took the checkered flag. The upside of that was that it turned out to be Jody's championship year.
So there are many questions to be faced and resolved in Sunday's race.
And that makes it all the more fun.

It's champagne and orange juice in the morning with croissants and marmalade followed up with strong cafe au lait.

Then in about two hours after the Grand Prix ......it's The Indianapolis 500!

For the 92nd time the boys (and girls) will be firing up their engines to put on one of the best speed sport spectacles that you can find.

Even though their are plenty of people who don't get it ... I will not be deterred.

It's an afternoon with cheese and crackers and a beer or two to wash them down.
Always good for a laugh or two and some form of drama.
Personally I'm hoping that Danica will be in it to the end. With her 5th place qualifying spot putting her in the middle of the second row between tow solid drivers in the persons of Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan ... tucked right in behind former teammate Danny Wheldon who is flannked on the grid by Scott Dixon on pole and sophomore Ryan Briscoe in the third spot.

She's in some serious and fast company although Briscoe the sophomore is the big question mark in that little pack of six racers. If Danica can just cruise with those boys she'll be looking good for a win this time out and that will be history!!

Cheers!

OMMAG

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4 Comments:

Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

hiya Ommag!,,I still cant believe women are racing!

5/25/2008 10:51 p.m.  
Blogger OMMAG said...

Why not?

5/26/2008 8:35 a.m.  
Blogger Shere Khan said...

Danica's auntie and grandma and my mother-in-law are friends.

My brother-in-law took a bus a couple of weekends ago to hang out with Danica and her crew.

Pretty cool!

I figured she'd have not much luck this time around..

5/26/2008 2:09 p.m.  
Blogger OMMAG said...

It wasn't for lack of effort.

She had her shit together yesterday ... and the gremlins got her.

5/26/2008 4:31 p.m.  

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