Just A Reminder For Race Fans

For all you racing fans, I know it isn’t America’s sport-NASCAR, but the first race from our beautiful Circuit of the America’s here in Austin starts in a few minutes. The review of the track is awesome and it should be an excellent Formula 1 race. The downside for Austin is the horrid traffic of a couple hundred thousand folks on our roads and especially I-35, which if you’re familiar with is a nightmare going through the downtown area. Surprisingly the whole city is out of earplugs, I transferred most of mine yesterday to another store that was completely out. Hotels are booked as far out as 50 miles I’m told and this should be a major boost to the local economy. Alright I’m off to work now.

Here’s a short review of the track:

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It’s being broadcast on the Speed channel and Speed HD both. If you’ve got the time have a watch it should be a good show. The spectators are enjoying simply fabulous weather this weekend too, the lucky bastiches. Just in case you were wondering tickets on the grass, that means NO SEATS go for $350. I think I’ll stick to watching it on the tube.

-Carry On and G-d Bless Texas !!

11 comments

  1. 1
    irish19 growls and barks:

    Looks way cool. Speaking for myself, I prefer Formula 1 or GT e.g. LeMans to NASCAR. More actual driving skill involved IMHO.

  2. 2
    sleeper growls and barks:

    Watched it on TV (but I’m a regular F1 watcher). Not a bad race, and Alonso is still in it. Barely.

    The profusion of cowboy hats was cheesy.

    The grid girls looked a lot nicer in Texas than they did at some of the other venues, too. Brazil is next week, and they always look nice there.

  3. 3
    americanexpat growls and barks:

    I’ve seen a few F1 races in person, and there is nothing on four wheels with a human driver in it that has greater agility than an F1 car. Sit by a sharp corner near a straightaway. The cars will come in at a speed where it seems impossible that they’ll make the corner. Then they slow at the last moment, pull fighter-plane g’s around the corner, and they’re gone. I once went to an F1 race with a NASCAR fan who got all cocky about how F1 was “fag racing”, because F1 cars can’t take the abuse that stock cars routinely do (true enough, but it’s a different type of racing). But when he saw the first few cars fly around corners, harder and faster than he’d believed possible, and then accelerate in a blur, his eyes got really big, and he didn’t have a whole lot more to say about how sissified it was. And these guys can go flat-out just as fast as Indy cars or stockers do, but they usually can’t because the F1 tracks are so tight. Again, different style of racing, not everyone’s cup of tea, but check it out. As a bonus, a lot of the babes that hang around F1 races are, well, babes, often with cute European or Asian accents. Not that I ever had any luck in that area, but they added to the ambiance.

  4. 4
    LC Robohobo growls and barks:

    sleeper – Then do not come to Texas if you think cowboy hats are cheesy. Sheesh.

    I have season tickets to TMS in Fort Worth. The Indy cars are fun. But until you are there then you do not know what “Nascar Thunder” is all about.

    Went to the Nurbergring when I was in Germany years ago and F1 is fun. I watch all the motor sports being a real Amuurican.

  5. 5
    LC LOBO growls and barks:

    I’ll be honest. I cannot stand NASCAR. Haven’t watched it in years. I prefer the Aussie V8 Supercars. I don’t mind Indy, F1, LeMans. But for me, the real racing, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing.

  6. 6
    sleeper growls and barks:

    LC Robohobo @ #:4

    I think you misunderstood me. A Euroweenie in a cowboy hat is cheesy. A cowboy hat with a sponsor logos is cheesy. A Texan in a cowboy hat is just a Texan.

  7. 7
    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    sleeper says:

    I think you misunderstood me. A Euroweenie in a cowboy hat is cheesy. A cowboy hat with a sponsor logos is cheesy. A Texan in a cowboy hat is just a Texan.

    Gee thanks. OK, just kidding, I’m not a Euroweenie anymore, after all. I will say this, though, a Euroweenie visiting our fair Republic and slapping a cowboy hat on his head surely is cheesy, mainly because he doesn’t know how to pick the right one or how to wear it properly, but they’re at least smarter than I was when I’d first arrived and thought it was, well, cheesy for me to wear one. At least those tourists won’t be keeling over with near heat stroke like I did because I thought it was just a fashion statement ;)

    The sun is fucking brutal down here, and we have very good practical reasons for wearing them if we’re going to be out in it for any length of time. Just like boots. Because snakes. And other critters.

    Anyway, no offense taken. :)
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  8. 8
    LC Spare Parts growls and barks:

    Modern open wheel cars with electronic shifting has turned many races into processions. Get rid of these slush boxes and make these guys drive like Jackie Stewart used to.

  9. 9
    irish19 growls and barks:

    LC Spare Parts @ #:
    I didn’t know that about the shifting. Sad.

  10. 10
    LC Ogrrre growls and barks:

    Just like boots. Because snakes. And other critters

    And don’t forget the shit, yer Majestyness. :em01: It’s amusing as hell when some hippy fucktard steps in cowflop, wearing their Birkenstok sandals. :em05: Of course, their god slings so much shit so often, they they are probably used to that feeling by now. Perhaps that explains the Patchouli oil? Splash some of that on rather than bathe and wash away a gift from the BlightBringer.

  11. 11
    Spin Drift growls and barks:

    Been watching F1 with my daughter. I used to be a SCCA worker for the Detroit GP’s, IMSA, Indy cars, Formula Atlantic and Kelly Challenge in the 80′s. Actually NASCAR is boring and the FI drivers are whiny pisspots but the cars are amazing. If you want to see a small microcosm of Euro politics check out Bernie E and the boys. What a bunch of rule farting fairies. The Ferrari team cut a tranny seal so that one of their drivers was penalized 5 grid spots, this put his team mate on the other side of the track which was the cleaner line.

    As to the driver ability, it is about 5% of the race outcome and the car is 95%. This is why the same guys end up at the front each race. Stick a different driver in the car and the same cars will end up at the front.

    On the cowboy hats, the talking heads at Speed are unbelievable that they put the pit lane rover in one. I used to live in Dallas and Houston. If they tried that there some body would have hit him with a branding iron.