OMG. Dude, the day job. Grinding me down. Busier than a one-legged man at an ass-kicking contest. Snapping necks and cashing checks. Writing, writing. Festival of Website Writing. So let me introduce you to my close, personal friend (no, not Danica Patrick, but the handsome man in green named Glen pictured to the left) and let's discuss ...
Fully Armed and Operational DANISTAR -- Can we talk for just a second about Danica? (Takes big swig of scotch.) Ah .. hahahahahahahahaha. (Goes from laughing to dead serious in a heartbeat.) She's kind of a big deal.
Ya think? OK, number one, I think Danica Patrick is an android. I've never seen her eat, first of all, and I've never seen her bleed, so she might be an android. The Black Helicopter posse is having an emergency chat room meeting right now to discuss if Danica could be an android, and further if that would explain the unexplainable: her pole win at at Daytona.
The main reason I think she's an android: she's done an estimated 92,032 interviews in the last four days. Indefatigable. Only a nuclear battery can explain this. SHE NEVER SLEEPS; SHE'S EVERYWHERE ... and always fresh, perky, humorous, quippy. She's ... THE DANISTAR.
So far the NASCAR drivers are taking this pretty well. I gotta give them all props. They haven't started to throw shit and bitch about everyone focusing on Danica yet. Good for them. They may see the bigger picture. More likely they all have their own fans, none of whom are probably abandoning them to get on the Danica bandwagon. So that will make it easier for them to take.
Ah, and on the subject of You Know Who, the story of my redeemed haterism dragged in about TEN THOUSAND page views (actual number) over about three days, some FIVE TIMES the previous record (held by a Danica interview). By comparison, if this gets 750 views it'll be a miracle. So thanks to everyone who read the hater post. It's a 100% true story. I want to give Sarah Fisher a sustained shout out for, as I said in the post, being pivotal in dragging me back from the dark side. Sarah said she read it and enjoyed it and was glad I was a non-hater. My fandom of Danica in no way diminishes my fandom of Sarah Fisher, who I have supported for a decade.
In fact, Sarah Fisher is the reason there's a pressdog.com today. I was ignoring IndyCar in 2001 when Sarah inhaled Eliseo for P2 at Homestead, causing Salazar team boss AJ Foyt to radio the now-famous "You just got passed by a girl." That pass and her finish at Homestead made the news, which caused me to have the Mother of all Beer Spews, and brought me back to IndyCar after a couple decades away. So you can blame or credit Sarah for this site.
Finally on Danica ... I chortle DAILY at some of the NASCAR media types who were just six months ago were dissing Danica and being mean-snarky about her and now tweet out seven links a day with "here's my story on Danica!!!" Uh-huh. What do you think of her now?
End of the day, Danica moves the needle and she makes other people money. Danica drives hits and hits = money online. It's a direct correlation. Which is explains why everyone is posting about Danica right now.
P.S. on DP: Her boyfriend, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., may be an introvert. Danica says Ricky doesn't like people looking at him. Welcome to the club, Richard. I like him more and more. So far The Ricky is taking the scrutiny pretty well. And while Danica is happy to talk about her relationship with Ricky (within reason), so far it's more of a "isn't that nice?" element of the story and not the overriding thing. I've only talked to Stenhouse for about five minutes in my entire life (at Iowa Speedway), but seems like a fine person to me. Has a sprint car team, so how bad can he be? Makes the cowboy hat and belt buckle look work. So rock on, Ricky. Let's have a beverage sometime where people can't look at us. BOOM.
Pippa Mann! -- I slapped up a little post about Woman of pressdog® Pippa Mann a few days ago. Pippa is a great person, capable driver, fabulous with the fans, a tireless proponent of female racers, and a mentor to young female drivers. COME ON. AND, she's an average woman who is doing her best on the fitness front. She has to work three times harder to get the results. It don't come easy for Pip. Pretty much all of us, male and female, can relate to that. The odds that someone will see my post and say "dude, we need to sponsor her" are remote, but you never know.
Leilani Münter! -- Speaking of determination, Pippa's fellow (sister?) Woman of pressdog Leilani is working on combining her passions of racing and plant-based eating to create a Vegan racing team. To say Leilani is "passionate" about her causes is like saying the ocean is "deepish." If you're a herbivore, Leilani is trying to spread the gospel. Check here to see how you can help.
PR Rep Night on Trackside -- Tomorrow (Thursday) night on Trackside PR reps are going to talk about ideas for improving IndyCar. I'm hyper frothed about this. I'll post the time and tune-in info tomorrow after host Kevin Lee kicks out the promo email. It kind of kicked up from a Twitter conversation several of us were having about improving the series early last week. I've spewed out ideas many times over the seven years this site has existed. Here's the latest compilation. I'm hoping for some solid ideas from these pros and not a lot of "we have to find a way to do A, B and C." More of "here are ideas for doing A, B and C." Super big props to both Kevin Lee and the PR pros who are going to participate.
IndyCar Test -- IndyCar tested at Sebring (Florida) a few days ago. Whoever thought of having the test there at this time is a genius. Close enough to Daytona, Florida on the map and the Daytona 500 on the calendar to attract a few media types over there to cover it. IndyCar PR also did a good thing by creating a Twitter list of the media types who were at the test and tweeted out a link so we could follow it. Another good move.
It's going to be an interesting year for IndyCar, especially if Danica has success and creates an NASCAR frenzy. We haven't heard from Captain Deep Dive (IndyCar temporary-we-think CEO Jeff Belskus) in a long time, and the big boss, Mark Miles, surfaces now and then. A study by some consultants was supposed to be done at the end of January. I hear it's done, but the results ... well whatever. I don't even expect to hear the results, just action inspired by the results, whatever that is. But the silence from anyone in authoritah at IndyCar is deafening. I'm too fatigued to emote over it one way or another. If Miles and Belskus and everyone want to stay quiet, well, I got plenty to entertain myself with. I've been over feeling it was my responsibility to ensure the health of IndyCar for a long time now. It ain't smart for them to drop off the grid for weeks at a time, but ... wait for it ... it is what it is.
Gotta go. DRINK, ye BASTARDS. I'll be screaming for Danica Sunday (act shocked!) and fellow (sister) Woman of pressdog Johanna Long in the Nationwide race. Don't worry, haters, the odds are Danica won't win, and you can always hope for her to wreck or get wrecked so you can ressurect the "SEE, TOLD YOU SHE SUCKED!" Bet the house and college fund that seconds after anything negative happens to Danica on the track the "Yeah, she's real ready for Cup" sarcasm starts to roll. They're like vultures sitting in trees, hoping, willing, waiting for her to screw up so they can come on in and pick the carcass. Even when she crashes, Dancia brings joy to others!
Word to your single malt ...