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/DRIVE /SHAKEDOWN news… #sponsoraflagger

It’s the second weekend I’ve spent home when there’s racing happening. Not happy! Why? Well, I could have made more effort to go volunteer somewhere, but I’m realizing more and more just how I can’t afford it anymore. Even on the tightest of budgets, it would still cost me a few hundred dollars to go down to Indianapolis or Mid-O and I just don’t have it. Tim hasn’t sent any updates from IndyCar at Mid Ohio, except for the Shea Holbrook pix I posted on our Sponsor A Flagger Spotted blog: http://sponsor.myroadtrip.net/we-heart-shea-holbrook/ yes We <3 Shea! So, I’m home watching /Drive and reading Jalopnik.

Speaking of those fine automotive online publications and media outlets, I am a big fan. Sometimes I may get pissy when they don’t reply to messages I send them, but who am I to have expectations, huh? I have visited the Jalopnik offices here in Manhattan (back when I worked there) after winning their facebook movie tickets giveaway. Turns out I was one of only three people that participated in that drawing. So pardon the sarcasm. They are great, and I especially enjoy watching /Shakedown on YouTube, Leo Parente seems like a great guy whom I have spotted a few times now at the track while marshalling, but was too shy to say hello. He too did not respond to my “Flagger Cam” message I sent him, but I’m sure once we get some material to work with, they’ll be happy to show some of our footage to the great masses that watch his show.

I love the Jordan Taylor interview from this weekend, where they discuss the hate between American Le Mans Prototype fans and the Daytona Prototypes from Grand-Am. So having my media outlet to voice my opinion, I’m going to air my 2 cents. What a silly thing to have a strong opinion about! People get so worked up about ALMS vs. Grand-Am where, while currently different, many of the drivers get paid to do both series, and its great! Sure, I tend to like the technology in ALMS – like a lot, but the Grand-Am racing is as exciting if not more so in some cases. Especially on subjects Jordan touched on, like the large field of Prototypes: 16 vs. 4. We can’t forget the frustration Lucas Luhr has with no competition in his field of P1’s. Jordan is perfectly right and something I’ve been thinking all along. United SportsCar Series will be an interesting form of racing next year, and if there’s one good thing to come out of it is that there shouldn’t be any overlapping race events on the same weekends, so I don’t have to decide whether it would make more sense to go to ALMS or Grand-Am. USCR it is!

In other news, Tim has created a Twitter account for Sponsor a Flagger so do follow us!  https://twitter.com/sponsoraflagger  Jessie has made a bunch of tweets and retweets, be sure to use the tag #sponsoraflagger so we could join in the conversation.

Speaking of conversation, the three of us from Sponsor a Flagger will be working NASCAR together at Watkins Glen, so expect to see a video or two come out of that meeting. Ironically it will be my immigrant English you’ll probably be hearing on the recording 😉

John’s post card from Vintage at Waterford Hills

While I’m stuck home this weekend, wasting a perfect opportunity to be track side somewhere, my friends are doing a fantastic job of rubbing it in with their racing adventures. Take John for example who along with the rest of the Michigan marshals trio from our last weekend together at Mosport are playing with Vintage cars at Waterford Hills Road Racing Int’l. Check out the photo of a Can-Am car with a GTP racer from the Camel GT era:

 

My first marshalling experience from the Can-Am series came earlier this year in Australia where I volunteered for the Historics at Phillip Island: http://myroadtrip.net/?p=1975 I have also done a bunch of events in New Zealand working the Formula 5000 events before I knew what those cars were. (Formula 1 with big engines?)

John also shared some more pictures of his GoPro set up:

 

 

This is making me more jealous than the race cars. I’ll be in a market for a GoPro starting next week, I think the waiting and wishing is over 🙂

 

Oh… and for anyone wishing to contribute to our GoPro fund, do so on Sponsor A Flagger web site, be sure to specify your Donation is for the GoPro Flagger Cam fund: click here!