Sitting in my office last Thursday, I was more fidgety than normal. Why? Just knowing the cup cars were testing at Daytona International Speedway had me aflutter. I didn’t think to DVR the test, which made me more than a little cranky because from the moment I stood onstage looking at the Team SS Cup Car at it’s debut in Vegas I have been wanting to see the car in action. The fact that the cars were on track signaled to my brain that Daytona is coming, Daytona is coming and it was all I could do not to run up and down the hall like Paul Revere proclaiming it to all who would listen. I didn’t because I cherish the job that pays me and makes it possible for me to eat and live and go to races.
So- I hope that everyone had a great ending to 2012. I was toying with the ea of doing one more Champions Week 2012 post but thought I would just envelop it into a general 2012 wrap up post so we can move on to 2013!
Wrapping up Champions Week:
So here are all my 2012 Champions Week Posts in one list:
- 2012 Champions Week: Fan Fest (with pictures)
- 2012 Champions Week: The 2013 Chevy Cup Car Revealed (Finally! With Pictures!)
- 2012 Champions Week: The Victory Lap (with Pictures)!
- 2012 Champions Week: NASCAR After The Lap (with VIDEO of Tony Stewart doing pushups!)
NASCAR’s After The Lap is a great event that is loved by fans (including us). It is also one of the FEW events of 2012 Champion’s Week festivities that require a ticket- the event moved this year from the Joint at the Hard Rock to PH LIVE at Planet Hollywood. If you remember last year, we had an issue where we bought our tickets the moment the went onsale- only to get an email from Ticketmaster later finding out that our original seats were sold to us in error and we ended up being relocated. Well I no longer think that was a TicketMaster issue any more. Especially after what happened this time.
Misty and I have attended every Champions Week since it moved to Vegas and we usually stand at the same spot for the victory lap on the Strip by where the cars do their burnouts. It’s a great spot and we have gotten some great pictures of the cars burning out over the years. The bad part of this is that we end up standing out there for hours so our spot doesn’t get squatted by someone else and soon we are packed in our favorite area like live sardines in a can. Much like the red carpet at fan fest, chaos ensues. Last year I ended up getting hit in the back of the head by some guy’s lens hood on his camera- multiple times. This year, though, we decided to try something a little different and hang out by the start/finish line (in front of Planet Hollywood). It was a completely different vibe and it was fun to change things up this year.
This is a beloved event and the fans line the strip for hours in advance of their favorite drivers:
The start/finish line area of the Victory lap is much more like being around a driver introduction stage at an actual race: (more…)
This was the one event during Champions Week this year I was REALLY looking forward to. I can’t even explain why- except that you all know that I am a fan of Chevy drivers, I drive a Chevy myself, my father drives a Chevy, I have a love of the Camaro, well I guess I am just a Chevy girl. So I was REALLY looking forward to this. I had no idea what to expect. I have been to one other car reveal in my life and that was for the Ferrari FF when I attended Ferrari Days out at Mazda Raceway At Laguna Seca (see A NASCAR Girl In A Ferrari World) a couple years ago. When I saw that as one of the possible events on the calendar for Champions Week- I signed us right up!
Up until the reveal the only sight I caught of the 2013 Chevy SS Cup car that I had seen was on the Internet in it’s camo paint:
The “camo” paint does a good job of hiding body features…so I think. I was really looking forward to the reveal where I could see the new body style up close and personal- and I was hoping it wouldn’t have the weird camo paint scheme.
The Chevy reveal was our first activity in a Thursday CHUCKED full of stuff to do. We got to the Wynn early and walked around until they opened the doors and then checked in and found seats (IN THE SECOND ROW) and waited excitedly. I was attempting to live tweet the reveal but neither Misty nor myself got ANY phone reception at all in the theater and very little in the Wynn in general. I think I was able to get this picture out and then nothing:
Fan fest for the 2012 Champions Week festivities in Las Vegas was held at the Fremont Street Experience for the second year. Personally- I liked it better when it was held at the track because there was just something magical about being at LVMS when it’s quiet. But then again, I am probably biased because LVMS is where I saw my first ever NASCAR race…it was at LVMS that I turned my already BFF into a NASCAR fan…and it was at LVMS that BG was first granted media credentials – so I have a special place in my heart for LVMS. I guess that they figure that having at the Fremont Street Experience is easier for fans to get to (since the track is WAY OUT THERE)…plus I think the track has a festival of lights set up as many do during the holiday season.
Anyway- several of the cup cars were on display and a red carpet that the drivers would walk down to get to the stage where they would be playing this year’s game show: Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? The red carpet walk that the drivers take is an experience let me tell you. People start claiming their spots HOURS before the drivers are scheduled to appear and then other tourists, who are there for non-NASCAR reasons will stroll by and ask what is going on and then upon hearing that they are waiting for NASCAR drivers to walk by in like three hours they give the fans a look like WOW really? You are standing here because a race car driver is going to walk by in like THREE HOURS? It’s kind of funny to judge their reaction- most give looks like the fans are seriously insane. I don’t know what is more insane…standing around the carpet or walking around in public dressed as a storm trooper and Darth Vader (we seriously saw these characters walking around the red carpet interaction with tourists. Last year it was SpongeBob SquarePants. I don’t think they are official characters- just random people dressed up as them and then trying to make a few extra dollars posing with tourists.
So this year it seemed the red carpet was even MORE chaotic than last year. The drivers were kind of bunched together more than last year so that pretty much everyone was just screaming for their favorite driver’s attention but the actual chances of getting your signature seemed more difficult. I am not sure if the drivers also signed stuff on the way FROM the stage because we left a little early.
Here are some pictures from the event: (more…)
Hello all! Having a great time in Vegas. Most of our champions week stuff concluded yesterday (sorry for the lack of tweets yesterday- but I got absolutely NO signal in the Wynn, Planet Hollywood and on the Strip- it was quite annoying). Lots to show and tell and Misty and I both took lots of pictures.
Jeff Gordon won the Meyers Brothers award at the luncheon yesterday and was very suprised and honored. Speaking of Jeff Gordon- on December 2nd 2012 he will be part of a star-studded cast on CNN! Anderson Cooper will host the CNN Heroes: All-Star Tribute. Jeff Gordon, Josh Duhamel, Maria Bello, Havey Keitel, Rainn Wilson, and many many more will honor the top 10 CNN Heroes at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. There will even be musical guests Ne-Yo and Phillip Phillips. This will air on CNN at 9:00 PM Eastern time on December 2nd. Be sure to tune in.
When I come back next week I will post all our Champions Week adventures from this week!