The sound on the Stewart team radio really bit this week. I could barely hear Zippy the whole race and Tony wasn’t too talkative. Probably because he was busy trying to move up from the back. I should have known this race would not be a good one for him.
I was off early on Friday because it was my nephew’s first Halloween and I wanted to see him in all his cuteness (more on that later). So my friend called me and told me that her driver got the pole (Jeff Gordon) I asked if she noticed how Tony did. When she told me he qualified 8th my words were “Nu-uh! You are teasing me! He’s probably about 22nd right?” and then I found out she was serious and here I was naysaying my favorite drivers damn fine qualifying session. I felt guilty. She also told me later that night that he was fairly high in one of the practices…so that excited me too until I found out that he suffered a blowout and they brought out a backup car. Arg. Figures. I seriously almost signed on yesterday to brag about how great Tony was starting at Texas. I am glad I didn’t.
I was frustrated with the radio communication because I couldn’t hear it. I am assuming that they could all hear each other or it would have been more of an issue- but I could NOT hear anything Zippy was saying. It all came out like a low mumble in the background. I could hear Tony loud and clear and Mike the spotter somewhat better but zippy was unintelligible. I can say that what I saw of the pitstops- they looked good and solid. Some were a little long- but I assume that was because of the changes they were making to try to make Tony’s car better.
My big surprise for the race was the big fuel gamble. I was impressed with that move…it was pretty nervy. Especially at this point in the chase.
So who was the aggressor in the Gilliland/JPM skirmish? I say Gilliland. My friend says JPM. I say either way Gilliand at least will get fined.
Next Week: Phoenix