The fact is that Dana didn't belong in one of these cars. He was what is commonly known as a ride-buyer. That being a driver with some minimal experience who is able to secure sponorship backing to fund his ride with a team in the series. Dana had the sponsorship and money to gain a seat at Rahal-Letterman racing but didn't have the experience or ability to be out there racing with the top open-wheel oval drivers in the USA. Ed Carpenter would be guilty of the same as he is the stepson of the series owner and is now in his 3rd year of racing in the series. Carpenter has crashed more cars than he has finished with and doesn't belong in the series. Ironically enough, Dana's teammate at Rahal-Letterman - Danica Patrick was a rookie last season and crashed at Miami-Homestead during the race as she attempted to speed by a crash in turn 2. She also collided with the slowed car of Ed Carpenter before sliding up the track and impacting the wall. As a result, Patrick suffered a concussion in her debut race. It remains to be seen whether Marco Andretti, the 19 year old son of Michael Andretti, belongs on the circuit this year. He bumbled his first start at Miami as well and then broke the car on his first pit stop (which was the result of a penalty for the jumped start). Marco has only had 3 oval starts in his career and just a few Indycar style races completed total. Michael should seriously consider his choice of hiring his young, inexperienced son as an Indycar driver considering the crash that just took fellow rookie driver Paul Dana's life.
My sympathies to Paul and his family and the Rahal-Letterman team.
This past weekend, I went to the so-called NC International Auto Expo here in
Look for me and my friends in 2006 at the following races:
April 22-23 Grand Am Rolex Series and Cup Series at Virginia International Raceway
June 24 Indy Racing League IndyCar Suntrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway
June 30-July 2 Formula 1 World Championship United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
August 19-20 AMA Superbike at Virginia International Raceway
September 29-30 American Le Mans Series Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta
October 7-8 Grand Am Cup Series 12 Hours at Virginia International Raceway
Truths and lies to follow each event - see them here first.
In brainstorming my ideas for future postings; I realized that most of the items and comments that will appear have yet to occur but I thought it would be fun to recall the race courses and tracks that I have visited in the past to kick start my memory. Some tracks were quiet the day I showed up, others were the weekend of an event. In no particular order:
Rockingham Motor Speedway - Rockingham, NC
Virginia International Raceway - Alton, VA
Watkins Glen International - Watkins Glen, NY
Lowes (Charlotte) Motor Speedway - Concord, NC
Daytona International Speedway - Daytona Beach, FL
North Wilkesboro Speedway - Wilkesboro, NC
Circuit de Gilles Villenueve - Montreal, Quebec
Washington DC temporary street course - Washington, DC
Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Speedway, IN
Richmond International Raceway - Richmond, VA
St Petersburg temporary street course - St Petersburg, FL
Good news for
April - Grand Prix of St Petersburg, Florida
Indy Racing League Indycar Series, Infiniti Pro Series, Speed World Challange
May - NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 Pole Night, Lowes Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC
August - Champ Car World Series Molson Indy at Circuit de Gilles Villenueve, Montreal, Quebec
Today is the first day of Spring 2006 and it is already a few weeks into the annual racing scene across the globe. This past weekend, Round 2 of the Formula 1 season took place in Malyasia along with the Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring. As I plan the races I will be attending this year; I found this would be a good time to start a blog on my travels and experiences as they unfold. Looking back over the past several years, I already find my self forgetting the memories I built on each trip I have taken, each event I have attended and each day I spent following my passion - motorsports.
I don't work in racing nor do I define myself by my love and enjoyment of following motorsports; however, I have a deep passion for many forms and levels of racing and love to share my experiences, interest and knowledge of it with others.
Each year, depending on what else is going on my life, I find a way to attend events and get myself close to motorsports and anything associated with it. Sometimes, it's local to my home city of
Please check back and enjoy the ride.