Posts Tagged ‘ South Africa ’

A Brazilian World Cup Party

Posted on: July 2, 2010 | Comments(3) | Drivers, Race Tracks | By: Dave

The gusto with which Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Mario Moraes and Vitor Meira blew into their vuvuzelas following Robinho’s early strike in the Brazil vs. Netherlands quarterfinal match compensated for the sound that emanated.

“I need some lessons,” laughed Castroneves, wearing the green and yellow of his homeland.

Gooooooaaaaaallll!

Gooooaaaalll!

Apex-Brasil hosted a mid-morning World Cup watch party at Watkins Glen International and most of the Brazilian IZOD IndyCar Series drivers – plus a few World Cup followers from Australia and Great Britain – were wrapped up in the tight match from Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

“Right now, nobody (in Brazil) is working,” Kanaan said during the first half. “As a culture, that’s what we grew up watching – soccer and racing – so it’s a big deal. We’ve been home for a couple of weeks (since racing June 20 at Iowa Speedway) so I’ve been watching a lot.”

In the second half, when the Dutch scored two goals to move ahead and time became the enemy, the vuvuzelas were the closest item to pick up and pound on the picnic table.

Dejected from being knocked out of the tournament, the drivers nonetheless turned their attention to the business at hand (the first track activity of the weekend later in the afternoon). Drivers signed one of the vuvuzelas, which will turn up soon as a IndyCar New Media prize.

Brazil will play host to the 2014 World Cup.

“We have a huge responsibility hosting this thing in four years,” Kanaan said. “We had the IndyCar race there and put on a good show and hopefully we’ll be able to keep it up and have a great World Cup.”

The Beautiful Game

Posted on: June 5, 2010 | Comments(6) | Drivers, Random | By: Daniel

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.

Teams going to South Africa

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.