Random Thoughts: The Solitude of an IndyCar Race

Late in the evening of June 25, 2011, as I was enjoying the aftermath of Marco Andretti’s second-career IndyCar victory in the Iowa Corn Indy 250, I reached for my phone during a commercial break.  Much to my surprise, I had a large number of Twitter mentions and text messages.  They were all from the same person, a friend asking why I wasn’t “tweeting my head off” over Marco’s victory.  She assumed I wasn’t watching the race, since I hadn’t been posting about it.  I guess she assumed I normally tweeted or posted on facebook during races.

The truth is, I generally stay off Twitter and facebook during races.

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Watch this space…

I’m working on a new post, but my air conditioning has been broken for 10 days so it’s eleventy billion degrees in my condo and I can’t concentrate.  Plus my computers keep threatening to overheat if I don’t let them rest quietly.  So, I will try to get it posted tomorrow from my blessedly air conditioned office.  Or else on Friday after my savior Jose replaces the motor and I’m sitting under a stream of cold air again.

Oh yeah, and I’m going to Mid-Ohio!  Seriously can’t wait!  Hope to see lots of you there!

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Post-Indy 500 Thoughts: My IndyCar Family

And maybe a little withdrawal…

Where to start?  By now you’ve read a million other post-race articles analyzing the race and drivers and the current state of IndyCar, IMS, and the Indy 500.  People have given their opinions on anything and everything from the new road course race, the new concessions, the new tenderloins, the new qualifying format, Carb Day and its craziness, concerts at the track, Legends Day, this year’s rookies, the red flag after Townsend Bell’s crash, Ryden Hunter-Reay, and a million other topics.  I’m not here to write about those things, though a few may get a mention.

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First Two Days at IMS

I arrived at IMS yesterday and it’s been an awesome whirlwind of activity, drivers, and friends since I set foot inside the track. Continue reading

The Craziness of May

And just like that, I look up and it’s been 15 days since I last posted.  Shame on me!  Being busy is not an excuse, but I have been insanely busy this month.  While it’s been a lot of fun, the unfortunate side effect of being so busy is I haven’t had a chance to watch a lot of IndyCar.

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The Continued Evolution of Marco Andretti

As I was perusing Twitter this afternoon, I came across this tweet from @TonyJWriter:

I guess since I’m already complaining, I’ll ask this: Why does IndyCar supposedly NEED Graham and Marco to be successful?

As you can all imagine, his tweet made me think.  I’ve never tried to hide the fact I’m a big fan of Marco Andretti.  If you didn’t know it before, this post from last year left no doubt.  I’m a fan, but I can still be objective.  As I said last year, 2012 was not an easy year to be a fan of Marco.  He had a lot of bad luck, most of which he created for himself.  But, as I also wrote last year, he took matters in his own hands after that nightmarish season, worked on areas in which he needed improvement, and it worked.  He turned in much better results in 2013, and finished a career-best 5th in championship points.

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Goodbye, friend

By now most of you have probably read this post from Zack over at IndyCar Advocate.  I had a feeling, when the articles were fewer in recent weeks, something like this would be coming.  I completely understand it–I’ve had other blogs in the past, and eventually they just run their course.  Sometimes it’s because the subject of the blog goes away, sometimes the passion for the topic ebbs, and sometimes you just have to make the right decision for yourself and your family.  It’s the reason I have never established or promised a set schedule of posts for this blog.  Because I want it to remain fun for me, and not something that becomes a chore.

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