Posts Tagged ‘ Tony Kanaan ’

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.

Hideki, a Nintendo DS and rain day

Posted on: May 18, 2010 | Comments(7) | Drivers | By: Daniel

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.

Hideki in the garage

A rainy day at Indy - Nintendo time

So what games does he play?

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An iPad in pit lane? Sure.

Posted on: April 30, 2010 | Comments(20) | Drivers, New Media | By: Daniel

During the Long Beach GP weekend, some of us where holed up in the basement media center for the weekend. We occasionally got up for some sun and race action, but most of the time we typed on our laptops updating IndyCar.com, adding images to Flickr, tweeting and more. The highlight, especially for a new media guy,  was looking up during the IndyCar session and seeing Tony Kanaan holding an iPad on TV -

Kanaan iPad

Tony Kanaan Tweeting?

If you’re a geek like me or an Apple fan, it’s hard not to get excited by this image. We posted this screen shot to Flickr over the LB weekend and it quickly become our most popular picture of the weekend. Was he tweeting, reading a book, looking at Timing and Scoring? I wondered the same. Technology is an integral part of the IndyCar Series, so it’s not too surprising to see an iPad – but it is pretty cool nonetheless. I wanted to know more. [More]

Who Will Get There First?

Posted on: March 11, 2010 | Comments (1) | (L)IZOD | By: Admin

tk-small.jpgGet ready! You are going to love, love, love the new IZOD IndyCar commercials. Those hardworking Manhattan-ites from IZOD have been toiling away at this stimulating (can I say that in a blog?) campaign designed to excite our loyal fans and grab new fans who may not grasp the shear coolness of our race series.

This picture of TK is just a sneak peak…watch for the first commercial to start airing this weekend. And check back to indycar.com and @indycarnation on Twitter for more info on a special web site that will go with these commercials.

Coming to a Magazine Near You

Posted on: March 9, 2010 | Comments (0) | (L)IZOD | By: Admin

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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.