Posted on: April 13, 2010
In the three weeks Bertrand Baguette has been in the United States, he’s experienced Southern hospitality in Alabama, hung out in sunny St. Petersburg and had his first McDonald’s breakfast. The latter won’t be the most memorable.
Bertrand Baguette, thinking about McDonalds?
“Really, it wasn’t so bad,” says Baguette, who competed in his first IZOD IndyCar Series race April 11 with Conquest Racing at Barber Motorsports Park.” I’m not used to seeing so many McDonald’s here. Every five minutes your drive down the road there’s another McDonald’s. In Belgium, I have to go 30 minutes to find a McDonald’s so it was a good experience and will do it in the future for sure.”
Taylor Hicks, the 2006 “American Idol” winner, received an up-close and (maybe too) personal view of the 2.38-mile, 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park circuit in the front seat of a Honda Accord Pace Car courtesy of Firestone Indy Lights driver and Pace Car Team member James Hinchcliffe.
Taylor Hicks and Hinch
Hicks, a Birmingham, Ala., native, sang the national anthem before the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by Legacy Credit Union.
When seeking dinner suggestions in Birmingham, there are quality options to cover every day of the year.
Opinions about BBQ, though, are as numerous as restaurants. It seems everyone has their favorite – from Mom and Pop’s such as Miss Myra’s Pit Bar B Q to a swankier sauce experience (where the napkins are linen). “Have you tried?” a member of the Bruno Event staff at Barber Motorsports Park responds to an inquiry, only to be met with “No, I have a better place” by a member of the Zoom Motorsports promotion group.
This weekend, being the fourth visit to the city and Barber Motorsports Park, our travel group has hit a cross-section – from the quintessential Dreamland (with a loaf a white bread plopped in the center of your table; on a plate, of course) to the Full Moon (with its slogan “The Best Little Pork House in Alabama”).
Ribs from Dreamland BBQ
Regional variations abound, and Birmingham area is known for its sweet tomato-based sauce. Northern Alabama is known for its distinctive white sauce (mayonnaise- and vinegar-based). No thanks.
Another good thing for those involved with the Indy Racing League – coming up on the schedule is another city known for its barbeque (Kansas City). Pass the wipes, please.
Helio Castroneves was inspired during a tour of the multi-faceted Honda Manufacturing of Alabama facility April 8 in Lincoln. Can you picture the “Dancing with the Stars” champion driving a minivan around South Florida? Odyssey minivans are produced at the expansive facility – along with the Pilot Sport Utility Vehicle, Ridgeline pick-up truck, Accord V-6 sedan and V-6 engines — and one with a 523-horsepower engine was on display.
Helio, not driving a minivan