Gifts from the heart at Motegi

Posted on: September 16, 2011 | Comments(10) | Drivers | By: Arni

The autograph session at Twin Ring Motegi is unlike any other on the IZOD IndyCar Series circuit.

Danica Patrick receives gifts from Japanese fans

Danica Patrick receives gifts from Japanese fans

In exchange for a photograph and a signature, some fans present gifts to their favorite drivers. Most gifts consist of photos, books, cookies and other sweets, and traditional Japanese items such as chopsticks or fans. But some fans go above and beyond the call in an effort to show respect.

EJ Viso showing some Japanese spirit

EJ Viso shows off one of his new gifts

One fan gave Marco Andretti a hand-made model of a HondaJet, complete with Honda logos, while Tony Kanaan received a 1/4-scale statue of Brazilian racing legend Ayrton Senna from one of his biggest fans in Japan. Another fan dressed his infant son -– whose middle name is Teekay in honor of Kanaan -– in a KV Racing Technology-Lotus onesie just like his namesake.

Danica Patrick received one of the biggest gifts -– a pair of daruma, Japanese good luck dolls, one painted to match her racing helmet and the other in the colors of primary sponsor and signed with well-wishes from a number of Japanese fans.

“These are great,” Patrick said after receiving the traditional Buddhist good luck items. “I am going to put these in the house back in the U.S.”

Daruma dolls, also known as Dharma dolls, are a Japanese traditional Buddhist toy used in goal-setting and wishing for good luck in achieving that goal. They are painted with only one eye with the other eye filled in once the goal has been achieved.

“I hope they aren’t Cyclops for long,” Patrick said.


There are 10 comments for this post.

  1. marcel on September 25, 2011 7:57 pm

    Indy car is not going to make it, with Danica leaving who is going to watch.Your rules are bad, calling the race is worse, TV with all your bad channels. Unless you turn your whole program around you wont be here in 2014

  2. HAPPI_MAN on September 26, 2011 1:47 am

    Thank you ARNI!

  3. vic on September 29, 2011 10:00 pm

    versus can push simona all they want..she still will not be danica. funny how danica has vanished from te coverage since she announced her move to nascar.

  4. Denny on September 30, 2011 11:37 am

    All the Danica “haters” will have to find a new “vodo doll” to stick their pins in! They will also be the first to plead for her to return to Indycar.

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