Prior to this trip everyone kept mentioning how friendly the fans were in Japan. I believed them – I’ve already seen that at the previous IndyCar races this season. Our fans are passionate, committed and of course, very nice. Motegi is a different experience. For one, it’s a different culture, language, continent and time zone. It’s also the adopted home track for Hideki Mutoh and Takuma Sato – not to mention Roger Yasukawa – and these fans really love these drivers.
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The line of automobiles stretched down the winding road with their inhabitants waiting patiently (this is Japan after all) for the Twin Ring Motegi gates to open promptly at 8 a.m., signaling the start of Friendship Day.
I know we’re in the midst of a pretty exciting IndyCar season, but I wanted to take the opportunity to mention something else occurring this summer – the World Cup. I’m a huge soccer fan and will be glued to the TV June 11 – July 11, rooting for England (hey, I was born there) and hoping for some magical goal, incredible matches and a thrilling cup final. Player of the tournament? My pick is Wayne Rooney. Disagree?
I know soccer isn’t very popular in the US, but it’s huge a sport and there are many similarities to IndyCar – the global appeal, Brazilians seem to always do well, cool fans, great athleticism, etc.
There are 32 teams at the World Cup. There are 26 drivers in tonight’s Firestone 500k race at Texas Motor Speedway. So what’s the Nation/Driver breakdown? Before I get into that, check out Rafa Matos visiting the Kansas City Wizards of MLS.
Australia – Ryan Briscoe, Will Power
Brazil – Helio Castroneves, Mario Moraes, Tony Kanaan, Vitor Meira, Raphael Matos, Mario Romancini
England – Alex Lloyd, Justin Wilson, Dan Wheldon, Jay Howard
Japan – Hideki Mutoh, Takuma Sato
New Zealand – Scott Dixon
South Africa – Tomas Scheckter
Switzerland – Simona de Silvestro
USA – Marco Andretti, Danica Patrick, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Sarah Fisher
Not in the World Cup
Belgium – Bertrand Baguette
Canada – Alex Tagliani
Scotland – Dario Franchitti
Venezuela – E.J. Viso, Milka Duno
We had some time down here in Texas, so IMS Productions asked some of the drivers what their picks were for the World Cup. Take a look -
Who’s your pick for the 2010 World Cup?
And, BTW – IndyCar staffer Arni Sribhen and Indy Lights driver Martin Plowman have a friendly wager going on the England vs USA match June 11. Stay tuned for a blog post on that.
In a recent post, I wrote about seeing Tony Kanaan using an iPad in pitlane – very cool. After that, I started wondering about other IndyCar drivers and how they were using technology. In some ways it’s started a series, and I hope to feature more drivers and geekiness. I was pretty excited when I heard that Hideki Mutoh travels with a Nintendo DS. Video games were/are a big part of my life – Super Mario Brothers. FIFA soccer. Grand Theft Auto. Grand Turismo. DJ Hero – I’ve been playing them for years. And when I travel for races, I carry a PSP.
So what games does he play?
We just spent most of last week in Long Beach and Los Angeles. It was a great week, with great weather, great racing and lots of stars. The Long Beach race is a crazy atmosphere and a great time. We took tons of pictures over the weekend – on-track action, pit lane activity, fans shots, driver photos and lots more. The celebs were also in attendance, out and about throughout the week, and here’s my celebrity recap from the weekend. I probably missed someone, but I figured you would let me know. So here’s a quick recap.
Just noticed that the second practice session from Long Beach made page one on digg. Great to see that the fans dugg the highlight reel and are enjoying the coverage of the event. I also noticed that fans are enjoying this season’s Flickr sets. Take a look at Daniel’s post about Flickr and digg that too!
There are also a lot of great video pieces out there that are being produced by our friends at IMS Productions, including a great list of Vlogs from Hideki Mutoh and Conquest Teammates-Mario Romancini and Bertrand Baguette…Click here to view all driver Vlogs…
There are also a couple of clips from the Hollywood BLVD take over event on Thursday evening. You can check those and all the IZOD activation clips out here.
Lot’s of great content this weekend form LBC, look forward to more all season long.
Thanks for the support.
|While sitting in the gate area at IND, I flipped through my iPhone pictures and realized I never shared with you the coolness of the IZOD photo shoot at Barber Motorsports Park a couple of weeks ago. Thanks to the efforts and magic powers of the AH-mazing IRL operations guys, we were able to move show cars, transporters, lights, toolboxes and fuel trucks into pit lane. This made for a rockin’ backdrop for several IZOD IndyCar models…er, drivers.
Though we all froze our kahunas off in ‘Bama, the pictures turned out fantastic. I know this just from annoyingly standing over photographer Michael Voorhee’s shoulder as he perused the photos later that night.
Our drivers are hot. Nuff said.