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Laid Back….Sippin’ on Gin and Juice

I have some cool things to share. Hope everyone had a nice and relaxing Independence Day week. Time to get back at it at the office. Definitely hard to believe we have hit the mid-point of summer (and the year for that matter).

Found this link to some good summer cocktails. I have been on a gin kick lately. Mostly really good gin.

OK, add Mun, and this should be my most-viewed post EVER!
As Daniel Bryan would say… “Yes, Yes, Yes!!”

I could not go without mentiong how dissappointed I was to learn about the drug-related suspension of NASCAR’s A.J. Allmendinger. If it wasn’t a false positive, then I hope that A.J. can get his stuff together. There is no doubt that he is talented.

And congrats to Kevin and DeLana Harvick on the birth of their son…if you read his statement, you realize that despite his reputation…he really is a pretty good guy.

 ”Waiting on Keelan was the longest nine months of my entire life,” Kevin Harvick said in a statement. ”But time literally stood still when I held our baby for the first time. I’ve accomplished a lot in my life that I’m proud of, but those moments don’t hold a candle to becoming a father and seeing that little face looking up at you.

”DeLana and I are just amazed by how special and rewarding this is.”

This should do it for this week. Trying to get back into a regular posting habit. I got some good fishing stuff saved up to share. This was just more of a post about drinking.

Farewell Dan.

I am passionate about motorsports. My friends are too. Today has been a tough day for lots of people I know. Watching Dario Franchitti crying as he strapped himself in to his racecar to run a 5 lap tribute to Dan Wheldon, I started to cry as well.  My wife left the room…she could not watch.

I love auto racing. I love watching cars turn laps, and I love the thrill of speed and the sounds of the track. Today was a stark reminder that while the sport I love can be beautiful, it can also be deadly.

I never claimed to be a Dan Wheldon fan. I did however admire him as an IndyCar champion and a two time Indy 500 champion. He did a great job on the Versus TV broadcasts, and seemed a natural for the commentary booth when he hung up his firesuit.

I think the most important thing to remember is that Dan was a husband and a father to two young boys. He is gone forever, and that is a great loss. To a tight-knit group of drivers that compete in the Indy Series, Dan was a well-liked, competitive, champion and a friend. He will be missed around the track.

There are other things to consider about this crash, but today is probably not the time to talk about that.  I will try to talk to some people and put together some thoughts about what may need to happen in the IndyCar world.  But tonight, lets just take a moment to remember Dan Wheldon at his best…covered with milk in victory lane at the track he loved the best.  Indianapolis.

Keeping with tradition, driver Dan Wheldon celebrated his victory in the 100th Indianapolis 500 with a bottle of milk. Unlike previous winners, however, Wheldon chose to bathe in, not drink the milk. Photographed by: John Sommers/Reuters

Splicing On a Friday Afternoon…

I have been hoarding links to share for a post for a while now. I just have not had a lot of spare time for posting. The news of Toyota to Le Mans has made this a racing-heavy post. But there is also stuff for everyone.

Looks like we are headed for some nice storms harmless thunder this afternoon and evening. Not like we can’t use the rain, but we can do without the severe stuff.

Hope the colors look this good - Image from romanticasheville.com

We will be Headed up to the mountains on Monday.  We get to go back to Osage Farms in Dillard to get our pumpkin. I hear that the leaves are putting on quite a show and are near peak color in the upper elevations.  We are not going all the way up, but we should still get a nice view. Reports say that the leaves are outstanding up near Highlands, so that should be worth a look.

Panthers versus Falcons this weekend.  This game seems to mean a lot more to Atlanta.  I am hoping that Cam and the Panthers can get a W.

Did you know Wendy’s has changed their burger recipe? If they are trying to compete with Five Guys, they are losing.

So the big story on Friday: Toyota to Le Mans officially announced.  This has been all but confirmed for a while, but it is great to see that everyone is gunning for the new World Endurance Championship.  So now we have Audi, Peugeot, Toyota and Aston Martin (with rumors of Porsche and Bentley also floating around).  Nissan has been dabbling for a while, and I would not be surprised to see them step up eventually  have annouced as well. They do have a history at Le Mans. By the way, The Toyota is easy on the eyes.

Murphy the bear is also talking about ALMS schedules, Ferrari and Corvette in his latest entry. Also this week, next year’s techincal regulations have been unveiled…the petrol cars should close the gap to the diesels once again.

Fishing

College Football

Recipes

Post Petit Thoughts

What started off as an addition to a weekly post has taken a life of its own and moved to a separate post.

Due to the wedding, I did not make the trip to Road Atlanta for the race. This is the first Petit I have missed in several years. I did watch the majority of the race on ESPN 3.

The big controversy to come out of this one will be the dustup between the number 1 Audi R18 piloted by Romain Dumas and the the Number 8 Peugeot 908 driven by Franck Montagny. Check out the video of the incident (Make sure you watch the video before you read any further…I do not want to taint any unbiased opinions).

Now, I am not opposed to calling this particular crash a racing incident. Montangny clearly came over in front of the Audi, but he was still (mostly) in the racing line. Dumas was a bit optimistic about making that move at that point on the track, because he had a great jump on the Pug, and probably could have made a nice drafting pass further down the long Road Atlanta backstretch. Dr. Ullrich (one of my motorsport heroes) was not happy with Franck.

Audi released this series to show that the Pug moved over. Click to embiggen.

I am truly shocked by the number of mistakes made by AudiSport this year. Driver errors in LMS events, big shunts at LeMans…all very un Audi-like.

As for who is to blame for the Road Atlanta crash…I think this is just the latest “racing incident” between the squads. However, I guess my biggest question is how long do we continue to call these “incidents” and not point at least some of the blame at aggressive (and maybe a bit unsporting) Peugeot drivers?

There is going to be a shakeup on both sides of the battle next season as far as factory drivers go. Dindo Capello, who has a fantastic history with Audi has reportedly raced his last race for the make. McNish has had some issues this season, but should be back. It will be hard to move Tom Kristensen anywhere. But Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler, Romain Dumas, Benoui Treuleyer and even long-time test pilot Marco Bonanomi are ready to go. It would be my guess that Mike Rockenfeller will turn laps somewhere but might also be moved on down the road. I have no idea what will shake out with the Peugot drivers, but rumor has it that the French are looking to make some moves before next season as well. I would only say that – no matter what – Anthony Davidson needs to stay.

The embattled Scott Tucker got the LMP2 win for Level 5 Motorsports.

As for GT, it was a nice race there.  Ferrari (AF Corse)  gets a win, The Flying Lizards bang out a hard fought second place (Thanks to Bergmeister), and BMW slots in at third.

LMPC and GTC also saw some nice battles for championships.

Next year’s Petit has seen a date change, pushed back to later in October. (see the full 2012 schedule)  I don’t hate the change, although the late September/early October date always had fantastic weather.

A Nice Win at Sebring…But Not by an Audi

Photo from the Last Turn Clubhouse

12 Hours of Racing and a difference of only 44 seconds between the winning Oreca Peugeot and the third place factory Peugot.
A disappointed Audi team finished in 4th and 5th in the old R15++.  It was the last race for the R15, it will be replaced by the R18 in the next LeMans Series event, as the team prepares for the 24 Hours of LeMans.

GT was a real fight as well.  A one-two finish for the BMWs over the two Corvettes. It appears that there are some kinks to work out with the new 458 Italia, and the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR is finally starting to show its age.

I would not be doing a good job unless I mentioned just how awful the current P2 prototypes are. Slow and fragile, the top car was 32 laps off the pace…behind nearly all the GT class. God, I miss the Porsche Spyder and Acuras.

I also have to comment on the broadcast package. The quality is not as advertised.  It was obvious to me (on a very fast home network) that the race was not the same as TV quality. I also was not as actively watching as I did in the days of TV coverage.  I am recording the ABC recap today. We will see how well that goes.

On to other Stuff!

Quick Hits
AP finally decides drop the hyphen.  Yay to the death of e-mail
We had a great steak dinner last night – including these, which are awesome.  The steak may have been the best I have ever had.