30 November 2009

Life on the Road

11 days since I've written on here.  That's probably too long in the blogging world, especially given the amount of IndyCar news that has come out in the last 10+ days.

The nice part about the IndyCar season is that it occurs in the summer, when my work load is far less; once Labor Day rolls around, I'm in the vast world of sports information, working with six of IUPUI's 14 sports as their media contact.  What makes it so busy, especially this time of year?  Well, here's a sample of what I've been doing:

  • Monday, Nov. 23
    • 4:30 a.m. - wake up, head to IUPUI
    • 6:00 a.m. - board bus to airport
    • 7:30 a.m. - fly to Detroit, catch connection to Syracuse
    • 3:00 p.m. - check in to hotel in Ithaca, N.Y. (fun fact, Ithaca is 43 miles from Watkins Glen; in hindsight, I should have rented a car and driven over to check it out)
    • 4:30 p.m. - practice
  • Tuesday, Nov. 24
    • Work in the morning, game at 7 p.m.  Bus to Syracuse after the game.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 25
    • Repeat the same process from Monday, getting back to my house at 4 p.m. 
  • Thursday, Nov. 26
    • Otherwise known as Thanksgiving, I spent the day driving to Athens, Georgia.  
  • Friday, Nov. 27
    • Work on game notes that morning.  Thanksgiving dinner with my in-laws.  Outstanding meal.
  • Saturday, Nov. 28
    • Tour Athens, Ga..  Drive back to Indianapolis, arriving around 10 p.m.  Write basketball recap and more game notes that night.
So that, in a nutshell, is why I haven't written a word about any of the following:
  • AGR becomes Andretti Autosport.
    • My reaction?  I like it.  The name sounds slightly European, but given the worldwide recognition the Andretti name carries (and the prestige Mario Andretti's name has in Europe), it sounds pretty cool to me.
    • I like the logo, too.  Seems to combine the traditional European coat of arms with Andretti racing.  Though the font does seem similar to a cologne ad (seriously, you could see some Andretti-Autosport fragrance commercial featuring Marco, couldn't you?)
  • E.J. Viso wants to drive a third car at Ganassi.
    • Wow.  Remember when Ryan Briscoe drove for Chip and managed to wreck just about every vehicle the team owned?  Why do I foresee this happening if Viso joined Ganassi?  And why does it bring a smile to my face to think about Chip Ganassi turning a shade of red similar to his cars after Viso exits his fourth race of the year due to driver error?
  • The IZOD IndyCar Series will open the 2010 season in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
    • Awesome.  It's finally done.  The series gets to go to Brazil, where nearly a third of the IZOD IndyCar Series drivers hail from - it will be a marketing boon to the series, especially if more Apex-Brasil sponsors come on board for the race.  Plus, it's in Brazil - I need to make sure my passport is up to date and airfare is cheap.
  • Danica Patrick officially signed with Andretti Autosport (kind of tough to call it 'AA').
    • It must be true - I saw it on the ESPN ticker, where they were quick to mention that she was still negotiating to drive in the Nationwide Series.  Stop trying to make NASCAR happen, ESPN.  With regards to the signing, wake me up when something happens we didn't know was going to happen.  
    • Although it was somewhat surprising to learn that Motorola/Boost Mobile has departed from the car and has been replaced by GoDaddy.com (I'm glad my seats at the 500 offer a good view into the Victory Circle, though, because if she ever wins the 500 with GoDaddy.com sponsorship, I'm sure there will be some interesting hijinks.).  Seriously, you won't miss Danica on the track this season, because her car is shockingly green.  Though having identifiable cars on the tracks is never a bad thing - even Penske is pondering that.

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