Wednesday, September 25, 2013

My Foray into Fashion, Mk 3

If you scrolled down to read the body of this post, you no doubt at least scanned the upper part of this page and (hopefully) noticed that I have a new option above. Yes, I've designed a new T-shirt, one that celebrates old-school racing and race cars with four carefully chosen icons.
It's available for pre-order now through October 1, 2013. If there are enough orders at that time, I will take the art to my printer (a local small business!), who should turn around finished shirts in 1-2 weeks, when I will immediately ship them to customers. If I don't receive sufficient pre-orders to go to production, refunds will be issued October 2, 2013.
Bottom line, if you like the design and want to own the shirt, act now! Click the "Preorder" button above to start the process. If you have questions, problems, special requests, or are Paypal-averse, PLEASE email me! Thanks!

As can be seen above, the current modern Indy car shirt in green on gray is still available for immediate shipment. Click the "Buy" button above to purchase.

Thanks again, and watch this space and my Twitter feed for racing talk and more T-shirt news!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

An Old Friend Returns... To Kick Ass!

A text message rattled my phone while I was at work last Monday morning. I was pleasantly surprised to see it was from my close personal friend The Speedgeek. I was shocked to see that it contained the surprise bit of information that Juan Pablo Montoya would be returning to Indycar for Team Penske in 2014. In what may be a first, my Twitter feed was almost exclusively positive comments for the better part of a day. What great news: a great driver gets out of an environment I don't think he ever really fit in and back to where he dazzled us.
Montoya, of course, came to our attention in 1999 when he replaced outgoing double champion Alex Zanardi at Chip Ganassi Racing. I found it odd at the time that the press called him "unknown" when he'd been Formula 3000 champion and a Williams F1 test driver, but ok. Montoya is one of the rare drivers who we knew was one of the Greats from the very beginning. He won in his 3rd CART race (at Long Beach), and would go on to take 7 wins and the championship in his rookie season. Some personal memories of the Montoya Era in open-wheel racing:
The first Indy 500 I attended was in 2000. This also happened to be the year Ganassi became the first CART team to cross over and enter the 500, with Montoya and Jimmy Vasser. Montoya dominated the race, leading the vast majority of the laps. The only time his eventual victory was questioned was late in the race when rain seemed imminent. Ganassi's strategy almost guaranteed that one of his cars would win that day, and when the race hit lap 200, Montoya was leading.
Later that summer, I attended the US500 at Michigan International Speedway (Somebody get this track back on the schedule!!!). Montoya battled with Michael Andretti for the lead in the closing laps of this Handford-era race. At least once, they look to nearly have banged wheels at 230+ mph! Montoya crossed the line ahead of Andretti for what would be his penultimate CART win.
Montoya moved back to Europe in 2001 to race in Formula 1 for Williams, but his recent CART tours made him feel like a hometown hero to us. At one point in the US Grand Prix at Indianapolis late that year, he passed Michael Schumacher for the lead of the race. That would have been reason enough to cheer, but the rows in front of us were full of Colombians supporting their actual hometown hero on. The shouts and the high-fives made that one of my top-5 most joyful moments in race-watching.

I'm really, really looking forward to seeing Montoya race competitive open-wheel cars again. I don't know that he'll win any popularity contests or make many friends on the track, but it will be a lot of fun to watch him!

(Go back to the top of the page and order a shirt while you still can!)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Wow-has it really been 2 weeks since I last posted? Ah, well, it's not like anything interesting happened since- wait, what?
Oh. Both Ganassi cars out? Both Penske cars had problems? High drama. Maybe it's a bit late to make a relevant comment, but it looked to me like Scott Dixon was on his way to snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Until those jaws snapped shut, courtesy of Will Power. (I believe WP when he said he didn't intentionally block or wreck Dixon, by the way. Dixon's rage was perfectly understandable, though.)
Dixon is still second to Helio Castroneves in the points and it's surprising to see Pagenaud and Andretti in 3rd and 4th. Unless Helio runs into a string of bad luck, I'm not sure anyone can catch him. I'm looking forward to watching the rest of the field try at Houston. Which is coming right up in... 3 weeks from this weekend.

Yes, The Manifesto will return.

I've been pushing those shirts you see above all summer long. Well, consider them limited editions with just a few units remaining. So, if you want one, if you've been thinking about one, you should go ahead and click above to order one. The $20.00 includes shipping to you (within the USA), and I usually ship out the day after receiving payment.

In the very near future I'll be introducing a new shirt design that will be sold in a somewhat different manner. I'm really excited about the graphic, so I really hope we can make it a reality, too. A hint: the design moves back towards the 'vintage' end of the spectrum.

Stay tuned!