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Weekend of racing
I am pretty sure that I burned a hole in my retinas by watching too much TV this weekend, but there was simply too much going on in the world of racing to avoid chilling out on the couch for a good portion of it.
Formula 1 in Belgium, MotoGP at Indy, American Le Mans Series at Mosport, and the Nationwide race in Montreal occupied a good portion of a Sunday. Before you think I am a massive gearhead I can assure you that my love of cars and engines is actually somewhat limited. However, when you toss a human being in a car and tell them to go faster than everyone else, that's when things get very interesting to me.
Formula 1 is the absolute pinnacle of motorsports. The cars brake, turn, and accelerate better than any other on the planet. To see them screaming through the hills in the Ardennes forest at Spa doing 300+ km/h is absolutely amazing, and the rain showers definitely added to the thrill of the race this last Sunday. Despite a late trip through the gravel, McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton was able to walk away with not only the victory but also the lead in the Formula 1 World Driver's Championship.
MotoGP is also incredibly popular around the world and has the best of the best in terms of motorcycle racing on the planet. These guys are absolutely insane. No joke! You must have to be totally bonkers to do the kind of things that these riders can do with a bike that could decide to chuck you into the stands at a moments notice. The thought of doing 300+ km/h while simply sitting on something makes me sweat just thinking about it. But who knows, perhaps someday someone will let me have a go on one and we can determine if it really is as nuts as it seems...i'm betting YES! Dani Pedrosa of Spain rode it home for the win.
The American Le Mans Series features cars of all types. From wicked fast prototypes to sleek GT cars, there is something for everyone...and if that's not fun enough, they throw them all on track at the same time and tell them to race for hours. The ALMS was at Mosport this weekend, which is located just east of Toronto, and having raced there before I can honestly say it is a monster of a track. When racing at Mosport it's best to swallow a pillow so that your heart has a comfy place to hang out while it's in your throat. Dumas/Graf took the Prototype class, Jeannette/Julian grabbed the Prototype Challenge, Bergmeister/Long won the GT class and Lewis/Aschenbach rounded out the field with a GTChallenge victory.
Finally it was the always entertaining Nationwide race in Montreal. I'm not the biggest fan of NASCAR related events but I always appreciate the spectacle of watching them fight it out on a road course. It's an entirely different world of racing than I am used to, so after the race i'm usually left scratching my head as to how a demolition derby broke out. But to be fair, yesterday’s race was much better than some of the previous NASCAR events held at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. In the end, Boris Said aka "The crazy awesome guy with the hair" was able to survive the drama and take the win from Max Papis and Jacques Villeneuve.
Good thing I have an appointment with the eye doctor already booked for this week…
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