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FORMULA ONE

Everything a Formula One fan could want in a race (except maybe your man didn't win - like mine) - start on rain tires, action everywhere, crashes, drama, change to dry tires, action everywhere, crashes, drama. It just went on and on. The two Red Bull fellows were not happy with each other; Webber felt he got cheated when engineers said for the two to 'Hold Station' with Webber ahead. Well, Vettel didn't and got an edge and captured his Lord only knows how many victories. It was surely great racing though, some really tight stuff for Formula One.

The Pit Stops Unbelievable. Two point three seconds? That's like the amount of time it takes to say, "Good Grief Man" - and they've put four tires on the car. Amazing.

One thing we got in Malaysia we're not normally accustomed to was the number of total bone-head moves. I'm sure you've read about them in real race reports so I'm not going to bother. Well, Alonso and Ferrari's did take the cake. There was nothing tragic so that was good but there were things that hurt some good drives. But that's racing.

IndyCar

'Bout my gal Simona... She showed some extreme talent and patience and was so poised for a podium finish but it wasn't in the cards at the checker. There was hardly a driver interviewed that didn't offer some extremely good words for her performance, and rightfully so. Just like when she was in Formula Atlantic and winning... What more would you expect? Simona is a race driverthat's earned her way. She isn't something the media built from near thin air. Tristan Vautier showed extremely well for himself as a rookie, fresh from winning the Indy Lights series - yes, I know he was a dnf.

And, there is no doubt the city of Hinchtown will be celebrating in real style due to the fact their Mayor James Hinchliffe took and extremely well deserved win in St. Petersburg. In doing so he delivered something the "golden girl" Danica could never do - deliver the first IndyCar win for sponsor GoDaddy.com. (Yes, that is true). Tons of great racing, I was really impressed with IndyCar's opening round. Now to Barber (will 'Dinger be there?)

NASCAR CUP

The older and now fatter, Tony Stewart put on his ugly "recardo cabesa" face for all to see to flame Joey that made a move any CUP driver with stuff would have done. Tony, in my opinion was way out of line. For me, the race sucked - KyB won - my wife and I both groan when that happens. But, it was a great finish. Two guys going for it 'tooth and nail' - what could be better - kind of like in the 'day.'

We have a thing developing here with Logano an Hamlin. And, you know who's going to win? Logano. Come on, ask me why. It's all because of the Captian Roger Penske. Roger Builds men. Many times even from kids. You can't be a whiner like Joey was when he was with Joe Gibbs' "Team Whine" - You've all seen it, time after time. A new driver walks into the Penske camp and walks out considerably more of a person, and substantially more of man than when he first stepped in. Roger has had failures in that regard - Kurt Bust come immediately to mind.

My wife is over-joyed - Dale Jr. is leading the Championship. A thing about that is Rick Hendrick has many of, if not almost all, and maybe a couple extra skills Mr. Penske has. "LEGENDS - Both."

March 25, 2013  01:09 AM ET

Indy Car: I agree about the green Go Daddy being in victory lane and congrats to Hinchcliffe for holding off Castroneves for his first win.........Franchitti's blown tire really messed his results today......I watched some pre-race and post race commentaries and the amount of respect for Simona shows well for her.......I don't know her stats, but one could tell she is a future non-hyped winner........it's good to see.

Nascar:
Tony is a complete jerk.....he had no reason to be mad at Logano.....that was a legal blocking move that Tony does all the time....... he needs help for his misplaced anger.

Hamlin raced Logano clean....they shared a few little bumps, but that last move of Logano was outright dirty and uncalled for........when a driver bumps another, they never know the results.....but Logano has been driving long enough to know that any bump can end badly.....his callous attitude after the race was disgusting.......I look forward to the payback that he will be getting at Martinsville and Dega.

I, too, am very happy that Jr is in 1st place in the standings.......I know it is barely significant, this early in the season, but it looks good anyway......and I get to enjoy it for two weeks until the next race.

March 25, 2013  01:16 AM ET

I did not see the F1 race, but followed it via the sports news......I want to say I am glad that Vettel won.....but he is in deep doodoo for not obeying Team orders to cruise to a 1-2 finish and let Webber win.....I'm sure they will be having some words with him about that......passing on a win would be hard for any driver to do, but obeying orders should be a no brainer.......especially considering all his wins.....I hear that Vettell and Webber are not speaking at the moment.

March 25, 2013  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I did not see the F1 race, but followed it via the sports news......I want to say I am glad that Vettel won.....but he is in deep doodoo for not obeying Team orders to cruise to a 1-2 finish and let Webber win.....I'm sure they will be having some words with him about that......passing on a win would be hard for any driver to do, but obeying orders should be a no brainer.......especially considering all his wins.....I hear that Vettell and Webber are not speaking at the moment.

To me this brings up one of the major issues with F1 - Team Orders. While I understand these are multi-million dollar organizations traveling around the world, that doesn't mean you can have someone artificially effecting the race. Granted you saw that in NASCAR as well back in the 90's when for the final race Driver A had to finish 30th or better to win the championship, his team owner would Start & Park a car and that wasn't right either. People watch racing to see racing on the tracks, not a parade of cars following in line because that's how "The Man" wants the race lineup to finish.

March 25, 2013  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Indy Car: I agree about the green Go Daddy being in victory lane and congrats to Hinchcliffe for holding off Castroneves for his first win.........Franchitti's blown tire really messed his results today......I watched some pre-race and post race commentaries and the amount of respect for Simona shows well for her.......I don't know her stats, but one could tell she is a future non-hyped winner........it's good to see.

Can we see a new Go Daddy commercial where instead of Hinchcliffe dancing in the background of a Danica interview to get noticed, he gets the serious interview while she is dancing for the attention?

On a side note, and I might be wrong, but doesn't Mark Martin have more wins for Go Daddy than Danica?

March 25, 2013  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Nascar:
Tony is a complete jerk.....he had no reason to be mad at Logano.....that was a legal blocking move that Tony does all the time....... he needs help for his misplaced anger.

Hamlin raced Logano clean....they shared a few little bumps, but that last move of Logano was outright dirty and uncalled for........when a driver bumps another, they never know the results.....but Logano has been driving long enough to know that any bump can end badly.....his callous attitude after the race was disgusting.......I look forward to the payback that he will be getting at Martinsville and Dega.

I, too, am very happy that Jr is in 1st place in the standings.......I know it is barely significant, this early in the season, but it looks good anyway......and I get to enjoy it for two weeks until the next race.

Ah Tony. Didn't he run Mike Skinner into the grass at Daytona in a blocking move when he was younger? Pot meet Kettle.

Looking at the replay I would say Lagano was trying to get a side draft off of Hamlin and ended up getting loose instead. Hamlin probably could have saved the car if he had slowed down a little more before cutting the wheel down toward the inside. And as far as his attitude, the media in trying to get that up to the second reaction is immediately shoving a microphone in his face before anyone has a chance to debrief him and/or tell him Hamlin was being worked on by medical officials right by the car. So chances are he thought Hamlin either drove away or just climbed out of the car fine.

But everyone is right in the fact Lagano is growing a mighty long enemies list. He better start watching his back here in the upcoming races. Although with Martinsville being the next race the only time the 22 and 11 will be near each other on the track will be when Hamlin is lapping Lagano!

March 25, 2013  11:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Looking at the replay I would say Lagano was trying to get a side draft off of Hamlin and ended up getting loose instead. Hamlin probably could have saved the car if he had slowed down a little more before cutting the wheel down toward the inside. And as far as his attitude, the media in trying to get that up to the second reaction is immediately shoving a microphone in his face before anyone has a chance to debrief him and/or tell him Hamlin was being worked on by medical officials right by the car. So chances are he thought Hamlin either drove away or just climbed out of the car fine.

Good point....I had not looked at it that way.
But I be if he knew about it, he would not have shown any concern.

March 25, 2013  01:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Good point....I had not looked at it that way.But I be if he knew about it, he would not have shown any concern.

And he might not have, but we have seen over the years the media asking a driver about what just happened, get an emotional response, and then they (the media) are upset about what the driver had to say. There is a fine line there, just ask Kurt Busch, but still you get what you ask for. As a sport I think NASCAR has very emotional drivers and fans who will mouth off at one another over the slight of the week, but once they get the full details of how serious things were, like Hamlin being taken to the hospital, they will rally around and apologize or take bad the bad words they had to say about the slight.

March 25, 2013  01:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

As a sport I think NASCAR has very emotional drivers and fans who will mouth off at one another over the slight of the week, but once they get the full details of how serious things were, like Hamlin being taken to the hospital, they will rally around and apologize or take bad the bad words they had to say about the slight.

I will use myself as an example.

If the Lagano/Hamlin wreck had collected Kyle Busch, then I would have been cheering that Kyle had not won the race. Had all 3 gotten out of their cars and walked away there would have been more cheering/mocking when TV showed Kyle's dejected actions. If Kyle were injured in the car, or being attended by medical personnel like Hamlin then I would feel bad and hope/pray that he was alright. If he were ultimately alright and racing the next week the jeers would continue once again, especially if he were being his normal smug self once again.

March 25, 2013  02:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

And he might not have, but we have seen over the years the media asking a driver about what just happened, get an emotional response, and then they (the media) are upset about what the driver had to say. There is a fine line there, just ask Kurt Busch, but still you get what you ask for. As a sport I think NASCAR has very emotional drivers and fans who will mouth off at one another over the slight of the week, but once they get the full details of how serious things were, like Hamlin being taken to the hospital, they will rally around and apologize or take bad the bad words they had to say about the slight.

Agree....most drivers will feel bad about words spoken without all the info.(still not sure about Logano)
Also agree about the media......but, it makes it more interesting to hear the emotional response, rather than a calmed down polite one.........and thank God, drivers are so passionate and reactive.......I would never want to see a bunch of polite, nicey-nice drivers......it would be too boring.....and it would be a race of any kind.

With the case of Kurt Busch, the media provoked him at a very bad time......THAT I don't agree with and THAT should not be allowed....the media should be able to ask the questions, but should also have the decency to back off if the conversation is too "hot".

Another reason for the immediate "mic in the face", is that the race show is almost out of time....if they waited for a cooling down period, they would be off the air.....it's kind of a catch 22.

March 25, 2013  08:51 PM ET

Logano seemed to have no concern when he found out that Hamlin was taken to the hospital.. he got what he deserved from last week was heard being said from Logano.. maybe thats why he was let go at Gibbs racing.. he just didn't fit in at Gibbs with the personalities of Hamlin and Busch.. not that Kenseth is a good fit either.. but he is a more established driver.. Logano needs to pick his battles more carefully

March 25, 2013  11:35 PM ET

Kenseth races to win....as do all drivers....but he is not a spiteful and heartless child like Logano......this move to Gibbs shocked the heck out of me at first.....but now that more things are coming to light, he seems a good fit.

March 25, 2013  11:37 PM ET

To the best of my knowledge, Logano is the only driver to make offensive comments about another driver's wife to the media........that in itself shows his low grade quality.....(referring to his crack about Delana ~Kevin~firesuit).

March 27, 2013  09:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Logano seemed to have no concern when he found out that Hamlin was taken to the hospital.. he got what he deserved from last week was heard being said from Logano.. maybe thats why he was let go at Gibbs racing.. he just didn't fit in at Gibbs with the personalities of Hamlin and Busch.. not that Kenseth is a good fit either.. but he is a more established driver.. Logano needs to pick his battles more carefully

I think Matt Kenseth is a great fit for Gibbs' "Team Whine" - Kyb and Hamilin might just be able to learn something from a good man, a good racer.

March 27, 2013  09:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

To the best of my knowledge, Logano is the only driver to make offensive comments about another driver's wife to the media........that in itself shows his low grade quality.....(referring to his crack about Delana ~Kevin~firesuit).

All this crap with Logano will not sit well with Mr. Penske. The 'cookie cutter' format for being a Penske drier is you need to be fair in you dealings with others, fair and respective in use of your tongue and professional on and off the track at all times. Otherwise your time at Penske becomes a flashing moment. "Gone, in sixty seconds." Roger made a NASCAR Champion, and developed a man along the way over a short period of time with Brad. Something few thought could be done.

March 28, 2013  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

All this crap with Logano will not sit well with Mr. Penske. The 'cookie cutter' format for being a Penske drier is you need to be fair in you dealings with others, fair and respective in use of your tongue and professional on and off the track at all times. Otherwise your time at Penske becomes a flashing moment. "Gone, in sixty seconds." Roger made a NASCAR Champion, and developed a man along the way over a short period of time with Brad. Something few thought could be done.

Could it be that Lagano is filling seat time in until Allmendinger has rebuilt his career enough to be sponsor-able again? I know I'll probably catch a little flack for that comment, but I think Dinger would still be employed by Penseke, but one of the sponsors stepped in over the "bad publicity". As it is Dinger did what NASCAR wanted and got reinstated about 4 weeks after being suspended, and Penske backed him the entire time. Lagano might have a multi-year deal, but I just have to wonder if the original intent was to renew it. Granted if Lagono set the world on fire and won the championship then that theory will rightfully go out the door.

 
March 28, 2013  11:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Could it be that Lagano is filling seat time in until Allmendinger has rebuilt his career enough to be sponsor-able again? I know I'll probably catch a little flack for that comment, but I think Dinger would still be employed by Penseke, but one of the sponsors stepped in over the "bad publicity". As it is Dinger did what NASCAR wanted and got reinstated about 4 weeks after being suspended, and Penske backed him the entire time. Lagano might have a multi-year deal, but I just have to wonder if the original intent was to renew it. Granted if Lagono set the world on fire and won the championship then that theory will rightfully go out the door.

I have wondered about the Logano vs Dinger scenario myself......very close to what you expressed......and I agree that if Logano rocks it, all alleged bets are off.

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