Ok so I wasn’t born on a Wednesday I was actually born on a Monday…however today IS Wednesday and I am slightly woeful today.
So Tony is moving to Haas…kind of (the press conference is tomorrow and you can watch on NASCAR.COM if you are so inclined). It will actually be renamed Stewart-Haas Racing according to things I have read so far. There’s mumblings that this will make him the highest paid driver. I honestly don’t care how much money he makes (I am sure he does though…and who can blame him. I mean I am sure he doesn’t care how much I make…but I sure as hell care how much I make…savvy? Its just not important to me as fan). Regardless if its the money, the fact that he will be an owner (and thus a legacy after he stops driving), or the fact that its a Chevrolet thing, I hope Tony Stewart is happy in his move and that works out for him and his plans and dreams. I am not going sit here in front of my keyboard and tell you that he won’t be my favorite driver any more because honestly, as my BFF would tell you, I have been a fan for a LONG time and that would be a lie. I will tell you, however, that I will miss orange and black (I won’t be able to call him Big Orange anymore) and miss the affiliation with Home Depot. I’ve said it before and I will say it again…I will follow Tony no matter who he drives for or what he drives. If he thought he could win in a 1974 Datsun I would cheer for him. A John Deere Tractor? I would be dressed head to toe in green (not yellow- I don’t look good in yellow). But none of these things are what makes me saddest about the whole thing.
What does? Its the fact that my crew chief and my driver are breaking up. That’s right. My favorite crew cheif and my favorite driver will no longer be on the same race team. Now I kind of know the predictament my friend is in. Her favorite driver is Jeff Gordon but her favorite crew chief is Chad Knaus…but at least they all work for Hendrick Motorsports. Greg Zipadelli is going to stay with Joe Gibbs Racing and I harbor no ill will or resentment there- I am sure he has reasons he wants to stay. It just makes me sad. So sad I called my friend when I went to lunch to “cry” on her shoulder about it. I say “cry” but a more apt term would probably be bitch. There were no tears, just lots of complaining but that is what friends are for and she would be the first person to tell you that. I can tell you though, I really REALLY want Tony to win the Cup now- just because it would be the PERFECT way to end a REALLY GOOD THING.
My hopes for next season right now are:
- That Tony gets a good sponsor…preferable one with red so I don’t have to change my layout (thanks for pointing that out Trixie!)
- That Tony gets a good crew chief
- That Greg gets a good driver
Cheering for my favorites next season just got WAY more complicated.