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In the pay driver arena Danica Patrick is a special case, I think. Although she has proved to be only a mediocre race car driver, she is still a little beauty and a genuine celebrity. Thus, her relative lack of driving skills doesn't prevent her from being valuable to GoDaddy.
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In the pay driver arena Danica Patrick is a special case, I think. Although she has proved to be only a mediocre race car driver, she is still a little beauty and a genuine celebrity. Thus, her relative lack of driving skills doesn't prevent her from being valuable to GoDaddy.



It used to drive the male Indycar drivers nuts that she got all the attention while winning 1 race the entire time she was there. Considering the mediocre ratings Indycar gets they should be happy for any attention they got. OTOH, the sportsworld has many other examples of female athletes making a ton of dough as long at they're hot. Look at Anna Kournakova. She became one of the richest tennis players ever while being mediocre.
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Look at Anna Kournakova.
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More on the pay driver,Niki Lauda paid for his first drive with BRM in 1973,and Shumacher paid Eddie Jordan $150,000 in 1991 for his first F1 seat.Between the 2 of them they won 10 driver championships.Of course, many paid and lost.
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Hes still alive too. You talk about a guy that would be worth paying for lunch with...

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I saw him on one of those shows on the Isle of Man TT, riding his old bike. He was hauling! He looked great, I couldn't believe it at his age. I grew up with him as a F1 driver, it wasn't for years that I knew he rode too.

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One week later it is the majority consensus that it was incompetence on the part of the tire changer as the reason Scott Dixon hit him. This includes Townsend Bell and Wally Dallenbach (both professional drivers calling the race) who both called it that way immediately last week and have not changed their opinion. Whether he was intentionally holding up Dixon only he can know.
Ironically, this week at Baltimore the tables have changed. Dixon is directly in front of Power in the pits. I would crack up if one of Dixons guys did the same thing to Power.
Keep in mind that Dixon was leading the race and would be a very close second in the Championship if it wasnt for the resulting drive thru penalty. That incident may have cost him the Championship.

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Luca Filippi is driving in this race. He is the rookie from GP2. He qualified 14th of 24. Pretty darn good for a track hes never driven and a car with very little seat time.

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ALMS at Baltimore. 12 Noon EST on ABC.
beIN Sports Channel has FIM World Superbike. Could they have put it on any more of an obscure channel?
MotoGP British Grand Prix today on FoxSpt1. Moto1 at 8a EST. Moto2 at 12 Noon EST.

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Just watched the last MotoGP race at Czechoslovokia. Great battle between Marquez, Pedrosa and Lorenzo.
Looks like Marquez is going to win the Championship. Amazing for a rookie.
Hayden came in 8th. Thats pretty good all things considered.
Colin Edwards is 11th riding for Ben Spies.

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Interesting follow-up article about the Greenpeace protest at Spa.

http://www.planetf1.com/editorial/8899050/Why-F1-Got-Off-Lightly-At-Spa

The guys that repelled down from the main grandstand were hanging there for the whole race!

I have indeed said to some friends that had these guys been terrorists, it could have been a very, very bad day. I recall reading a scathing article in Autoweek back when F1 ran at Indy that security there was ridiculously tight. Even Mary Hullman, who at the time was, I think, chairwoman of IMS, was harassed at one point. But I guess Bernie's thugs are only good at being pricks to the fans and other paying customers (Buxton has made the same comment). When they are faced with a real security threat, even from a bunch of well coordinated tree huggers that want to hang some banners, they have nothing. I bet it will not be pleasant for fans at F1 races for the foreseeable future.

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Insanity. You make some very good points. An F1 race would seem to be a ripe terrorist target. Particularly one in America. New Jersey in particular would be a real prize. But the same could be said for the Super Bowl and they havent managed it YET.

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Interesting follow-up article about the Greenpeace protest at Spa.

http://www.planetf1.com/editorial/8899050/Why-F1-Got-Off-Lightly-At-Spa

The guys that repelled down from the main grandstand were hanging there for the whole race!

I have indeed said to some friends that had these guys been terrorists, it could have been a very, very bad day. I recall reading a scathing article in Autoweek back when F1 ran at Indy that security there was ridiculously tight. Even Mary Hullman, who at the time was, I think, chairwoman of IMS, was harassed at one point. But I guess Bernie's thugs are only good at being pricks to the fans and other paying customers (Buxton has made the same comment). When they are faced with a real security threat, even from a bunch of well coordinated tree huggers that want to hang some banners, they have nothing. I bet it will not be pleasant for fans at F1 races for the foreseeable future.

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Thanx for the link.

I can't see the same kind of protest at Austin.
F1 is pretty low on the radar in this country as a political target.
Hopefully, Bernie's "thugs" don't overreact here and make the GP unpleasant this year.
I will be looking for it in Nov.

Speaking of Autoweek.....
The Sept. 2 issue I just picked up has an excellent article on RBR and how it's business strategy has brought it to the top.
One thing I learned that shocked me is the salaries.
Newey - 10m
Horner - 2m
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Insanity. You make some very good points. An F1 race would seem to be a ripe terrorist target. Particularly one in America. New Jersey in particular would be a real prize. But the same could be said for the Super Bowl and they havent managed it YET.

I did read that the NFL has put in place much more stringent rules about what you can and can not bring into games. There was some commentary that said this was a knee jerk reaction to the Boston Marathon bombing, but I read a rebuttal that said this has been in the works for some time.

http://www.nfl.com/qs/allclear/index.jsp

F1 may have a low profile in the US, but since all races are broadcast globally, bad actors could well get global exposure ant any single race.

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Speaking of Autoweek.....
The Sept. 2 issue I just picked up has an excellent article on RBR and how it's business strategy has brought it to the top.
One thing I learned that shocked me is the salaries.
Newey - 10m
Horner - 2m
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Webber - 6m

I also found that fascinating, although I would have expected Horner to earn a bit more.

And no team can possibly pay Newey enough for what he brings to the table.

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Those salaries are interesting. Im a little surprised that Newey is making that much but as for the others Im surprised they arent making more. Didnt Schumacher make $25 mil back in 2005?

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I also found that fascinating, although I would have expected Horner to earn a bit more.

And no team can possibly pay Newey enough for what he brings to the table.

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I tend to agree but I think the other teams Chief Aerodynamicists are probably making about half of what Newey is making.

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This is no surprise to me.

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That Corvette looks like its seen better days and it still passed the Porsche.

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I tend to agree but I think the other teams Chief Aerodynamicists are probably making about half of what Newey is making.

And many are STILL over paid. :-)
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And many are STILL over paid. :-)
With basketball players making $30 million a year it seems fair enough. But I agree. As far as Im concerned theyre all overpaid.

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The chicane at Baltimore has got to be one of the stupidest ideas ever. Whoever decided to put it there should have to go out there and fix the tires every time someone hits them...under green.

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The chicane at Baltimore has got to be one of the stupidest ideas ever. Whoever decided to put it there should have to go out there and fix the tires every time someone hits them...under green.

I think they had it last year to avoid some sort of hump or maybe it was a manhole cover on that side of the circuit. Pretty much a crap circuit, IMHO.

The fact that Will Power was not issued a penalty for turning in front of Scott Dixon is absurd. I guess it did not occur to him that just as he had a run on the car ahead, the car behind had a run on him.

Not a very enjoyable race save for the last 10 laps. As for the rest, as my mother told me "If you don't have anything good to say......" :-)
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I think they had it last year to avoid some sort of hump or maybe it was a manhole cover on that side of the circuit. Pretty much a crap circuit, IMHO.

The fact that Will Power was not issued a penalty for turning in front of Scott Dixon is absurd. I guess it did not occur to him that just as he had a run on the car ahead, the car behind had a run on him.

Not a very enjoyable race save for the last 10 laps. As for the rest, as my mother told me "If you don't have anything good to say......" :-)
I probably wont get the chance to watch it until tomorrow. Today they have a really big fireworks show in downtown Cincinnati for the Labor Day end of Summer kind of thing. Its actually down on the Ohio river and its a really big deal here.

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F1 may have a low profile in the US, but since all races are broadcast globally, bad actors could well get global exposure ant any single race.

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And no team can possibly pay Newey enough for what he brings to the table.

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Ain't that the truth.
If the guy wanted to, he could probably dictate his salary in F1.wink.gif

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I think they had it last year to avoid some sort of hump or maybe it was a manhole cover on that side of the circuit. Pretty much a crap circuit, IMHO.
HOPEFULLY, this is the final year racing will be done there.

The ALMS broadcast today was simply awful....one of the worst "races" for fans I have ever seen.
I don't think I have ever seen a bigger clusterf_ck sports car race.
It's WAY past time to end these ridiculous street courses lined with concrete blocks and no run-off.

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You mean like Monaco? rolleyes.gif

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