Nico Rosberg, crazy man. He's on record as being critical about the Formula One Festival of Block Parties.
Actually, he said he would "seek clarification" as to what is acceptable for "defending your position."
Nico, here's the answer: EVERYTHING is acceptable. Drive someone into the armco as Kamui Kobayashi did to Kazuki Nakajima in Brazil or attempt to mangle their front wings as Rubens Barrichello did to Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber did to Kimi Raikkonen also in Brazil.
It's possible that IndyCar went to 100% fuel-grade ethanol (now from Brazil) and called the green efforts good. But N-word, just FYI, has some green irons in the fire as well. And I fear this will be another case of "anything you can do, I can do better."
Witness the massive "cover story" N-word got in today's USA Today about how N-word is about to inhale all the green-product sponsor money out there. That's hard to believe since IndyCar has been working so hard to develop the green-leaning sponsor prospects. Oh, wait ...
Reminds me of when N-word developed that SAFER barrier.
Officials Monday questioned the idea that the Firestone Indy Lights (FIL) series adequately prepares drivers to move up to the IndyCar Series.
"The FIL does not teach drivers the two main skills needed to win in IndyCar," said Imma Fakeperson, who works with FIL drivers to find IndyCar rides. "It doesn't teach them to save fuel, and it doesn't teach them to pass in the pits. So I don't know how these drivers are going to develop the truly important skills they need to be successful in IndyCar."
F1 Clown Music Maestro Bernie Ecclestone thinks Queen Elizabeth should make with the sword and knight Brawn GP boss Ross Brawn.
It just keeps getting better. Of course I'm sure Bernie would then turn around and hit the queen with a big bill for royalties since she no doubt would say "F1" at some point, "entitling him" to some £1.887 million.
That's the burning question. Got an idea? Email it to Kevin Lee at kevin@1070thefan. Kevin and Curt Cavin will explore some of the ideas on their next Trackside with Cavin and Kevin from 7 to 9 p.m. eastern Oct. 29 on 1070AM radio and www.1070thefan.com.
My main idea is to increase competition throughout the entire field so not just two teams constantly bitchslap everyone, which is boring. That would create buzz and you could market the parity to attract fans sick of the same people winning all the time (even in other, fendered forms of racing), in my opinion.
But I've whined about that at length, and Curt and Kevin have already explained how wrong I am.
So what do YOU think will bring the fans in? And don't just say "better marketing." Thanks so much for that insight. What kind of better marketing? Work with us here. And remember, the IRL marketing budget ain't $29 million.
Email your ideas to Kevin at email@example.com and then tune in.
A couple of recent developments have me thinking it may be do-or-die time, attendance-wise, for IndyCar in 2010.
First, Chicagoland Speedway and Kansas Speedway are now offering season tickets options that exclude IndyCar. In the past, you had to buy the whole season at these tracks. Typically fans bought the whole year in order to get the NASCAR races, and either simply didn't use their IndyCar race tickets, sold them on a secondary market like eBay and TicketCity.com, or said "what the hell?" and half-heartedly attended the IndyCar race.
Pete Windsor, one of the principals behind the US F1 team, may be out of his mind. Too much snorting petrol fumes on the F1 grid, maybe, but he said:
"If (Kyle Busch) wanted to drive for us in 2011, we'd certainly be keen on that. I think there'll be a lot of speculation about that as time goes on. If I was Kyle, I'd be saying to myself, yeah, those guys all talk the talk, let's see what they do, let's see what the car's like. Let's see what the race shop is like. Fair enough. We're going to do a good job. I know when Kyle gets to see it, I'm pretty sure it'll get his pulse rate going."
Insert me hurling here. Thanks to several alert readers who made me hip to this. I actually saw it in my paper-based USA Today this morning.