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Other news from the weekend

November 3, 2008 · No Comments

Okay, before I get to the MLS playoffs, I want to take a moment to mention one of the greatest finishes in the history of motor racing if not all of sports.

Let me set the scene. It’s the final race of the Formula 1 season, the Brazilian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton has to finish, at worst, fifth to beat Felipe Massa to the world championship. Massa is winning the race, but if Lewis finishes fifth or better, it doesn’t matter. If Lewis finishes worse than fifth, Massa wins the world title. In the end, it all came down to the final corner of the final race of the season. In the span of one lap, I went from calling Hamilton a “choking dog,” and yes, I used those exact words, to calling it the greatest finish in the history of motor racing. The finish is below. (more…)

Categories: MLS · Racing · Soccer

Random Things Aaron Likes - the new BMW Oracle Sailboat

October 31, 2008 · No Comments

Take a look at this massive tri-maran that Larry Ellison’s BMW Oracle Racing has assembled for a possible assault on the Americas Cup. Photos don’t quite give the true impression of how massive this boat is or how fast it can go. If you measure all the way across, it measures 90ft x 90ft. They’ve already got it past 30 knots (about 40mph) and expect it can go even faster. How cool is this thing? More photos follow. (more…)

Categories: Racing

Phil Hill passes at age 81

August 28, 2008 · 2 Comments

A true racing legend. He was driving in historic races well into his seventies. SpeedTV obit after the jump. (more…)

Categories: Racing

It’s Le Mans Week

June 10, 2008 · 1 Comment

The intro from last year’s race

The buildup has begun for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, one of the biggest motor races on the planet along with Daytona, Indy and Monaco and my personal favorite of the three. This year’s race features another battle for overall honors between the diesel-powered supercars of Audi and Peugeot. Other cars you’ll see during the race include Corvettes, Aston Martins, Ferraris, Porsches, Saleens, and Spykers. It’s always an amazing show and I encourage you to tune, even if just for a few minutes. (more…)

Categories: Racing · Sports

An amazing race

May 25, 2008 · 1 Comment

The Monaco GP, traditionally the most boring of the Memorial Day racing tripleheader, was an absolute thriller. With rain, then dry, then threat of rain again, the race was full of action. My man Lewis Hamilton came out on top but one has to feel for Force India’s Adrian Sutil who was punted out of fourth place by an out-of-control Kimi Raikkonen who should (but won’t) be penalized for Canada.

Categories: Racing

One of the great days of the year

May 25, 2008 · No Comments

Memorial Day Sunday… the best day of the year. Why?

For the past oh, 15 years, here has been the schedule for this day.

7:30 a.m. - Grand Prix of Monaco. The crown jewel of the F1 calendar, it’s prone to bouts of unpredictability especially when wet like today’s race.

Noon - Indianapolis 500. An American classic, and this year, with a unified series, the beginning of the return to its former prominence.

6 p.m. Coca-Cola 600, the longest race in the NASCAR calendar and while never watched in one sitting, perfect for checking in on and then watching the end when any barbecues or parties are finishing up.

It’s my most wonderful time of the year.

Categories: Racing · Sports

Note to Speed Channel

May 11, 2008 · 3 Comments

Dear Speed Channel:

If we’re the kind of people already watching Speed Channel at 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning, we don’t need to be reminded at every single commercial break that you’re broadcasting the NASCAR All-Star Race next week. We get it. We know you’re excited but simmer down a bit with all the ads.

Categories: Racing · Sports · Television

Brian Williams avoids schmucks, enjoys NASCAR

April 29, 2008 · No Comments

Brian Williams avoided the wretched Correspondent’s Dinner, instead choosing to watch something far more intelligent… Talladega.

I did not attend the Correspondent’s Dinner this weekend, though sampled some of the festivities on C-Span (I thought the President was very good). I have attended those dinners for 26 years or so, and on occasion I opt for home and hearth. I saw the first 50 laps of Talladega, however, from the comfort of my kitchen. You were nice to ask.

Good man.

Categories: Media · Politics · Racing

New Book Review - The Driver by Alex Roy

April 24, 2008 · No Comments

I finished up a new book last night, The Driver: My Dangerous Pursuit of Speed and Truth in the Outlaw Racing World by Alex Roy. (more…)

Categories: Books · Racing · cars

Flu is bad, racing on TV is good

March 14, 2008 · No Comments

This should be obvious, but trust me, being sick is bad times…

Posting may be down this weekend between the hot spells, shivering, coughing, and runny nose.

It’s a big racing weekend though, perfect for laying on the couch and recouperating in front of.

  • The 12 Hours of Sebring mark the first race of the American Le Mans Series season
  • The Grand Prix of Australia opens up the F1 season
  • NASCAR is in Bristol for the “day race”

(Thanks Fiatguy)

Categories: Personal · Racing