Just in time to celebrate Jeff Gordon’s record-breaking 5th Brickyard 400 win- go on a tour of the 100-Acre Hendrick Motorsports compound in North Carolina! Jeff Gordon’s crew chief Alan Gustafson gives 2009 Formula Drift Champion Chris Forsberg and YOU a tour on this episode of Garage Tours! Enjoy:
I didn’t watch much of the pre-race show, I admit. I did watch some of it. But I am wondering if they mentioned WHY the Brickyard 400 was called Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard? I know I mentioned it when the name was announced but it seemed to me that it wasn’t mentioned at during the parts of pre-race that I watched. Just a quick FYI from my original post, John Wayne Walding is a highly decorated Green Beret from Texas who lost the lower part of his leg during a firefight in overseas in 2008 (for more information about John Wayne Walding see my original post) Any way- I wanted to take a couple minutes before we talk about Tony Stewart’s run and share some photos of John Wayne Walding (for the record- that is a cool name) experience at The Brickyard on Sunday:
(This is part 2 of our two part annual Sonoma “Race-cation” post! Check out Part 1: Friday & Saturday here— Amy)
Sunday would prove to be one of our busiest and most interesting race days that we have experienced to date. Thanks to NASCAR we had earned a VIP race experience and what an experience it was.
Our race day started as another bright and even earlier day. We wanted to be absolutely certain we were at Sonoma Raceway in plenty of time so we left quite early knowing that highway 37 towards Sonoma is two lane for much of it (one in each direction) and can back up quite quickly and we wanting to leave nothing to chance. Because we left so early we encountered virtually no traffic except the usual getting into the raceway traffic so by the time we were parked and waiting for the shuttle to the paddock/media center we realized we were there well before we needed to be. So what do an early Misty and Amy do at a race track early? They take a quick walk down the length of the garage and then out to the area behind the pit stalls before they are too crowded.
Today’s TQMS is one of my favorite Tony vs The media moments- right here on video coming out of the man himself:
And here is an early gratuitous Tony Stewart picture because do I need a reason? I didn’t think so:
*TQMS= The Quotable Mr. Stewart. Click here for previous TQMS posts.
Jeff Gordon met with fans to promote the upcoming Auto Club 400 and surprised them with free Krispy Kreme doughnuts emblazoned with his No. 24
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Ahh its time for Fun With NASCAR ads. I love NASCAR themed ads- whether they are advertising the sport or a particular sponsor nothing will make me pay more attention to an advertisement on television than to see a NASCAR tie in somewhere, somehow.
Case in point: A tire ad. How many ways can there be to sell tires right? Pretty much show tires performing under adverse yet every day conditions- like in rain, in snow, and the like. You don’t really think too much about the science that goes into tires. Well this Goodyear ad does- by tying in the physics of racing with NASCAR. And in it it just so happens that driver Kevin Harvick destroys teammate (and team owner) Tony Stewart’s trophy case in the name of illustrating tire science: (more…)
I had been waiting (sometimes not so) patiently for nearly 7 months: Tony Stewart’s return to the NASCAR circuit. I will admit it freely- I did not hold the same enthusiasm for NASCAR after August 4th of last season as I had before. It wasn’t the same without my driver. That said, I was apprehensive about his return. Two busted leg bones, infection, three surgeries, physical therapy…that is a lot to come back from. But after listening to his media from Daytona this week- I was lulled into a sense of security. Tony was in a good mood. He seemed to be feeling good- he said that the last two weeks- even he had been impressed with his rehabilitation. He was obviously chomping at the bit to get back into the car. He claimed he had no fear, no worries (I honestly don’t see how this is possible after such a major injury but good for him) and that there was no back up driver waiting in the wings should it be too much (well not a real one anyway- he did tell journalist Bob Pockrass he was his back-up driver). Tony displayed his normal charisma and swagger during media. Not only was my beloved NASCAR back for the season but my driver was back in the saddle again*!
I heard good things about practice for the shootout- Tony’s first time driving the 14 since Pocono (I think) last season. He was comfortable (he used the it’s like an old pair of shoes analogy) and the car was competitive. Both things I like to hear. Tony Stewart was ready for the Unlimited and so was I.