Archive for the ‘Racing’ Category

One of the pleasures of my new diet is that I can eat lots of protein, and in my mind, the best way to get protein is seafood. I just love fish, mollusks and crustaceans. I had mentioned in the last post that Supportive Partner Woman (owner of new running shoes!) had picked up a small piece of Copper River salmon. Well, we both had off today and after running around, it was time for dinner. We also had a few clusters of snow crab legs in the freezer, so I opted for surf n’ surf, because, well, you can’t go wrong with that.

Rocking my new apron and lovely piece of fish.

Rocking my new apron and lovely piece of fish.

So, after slapping the fish on a piece of cedar wood, I boiled up the crab legs with Old Bay and served them with melted butter (not for me, though), alongside the salmon. It’s just amazing how much more flavor the salmon has than the typical farm-raised stuff. I was also rocking my new apron that was part of my groomsman’s gift for yesterday’s extravaganza. It was a nice end to a very busy day.

SPW and I both went to the driving range. It was a great day for it, if a little windy. I really like my five iron… I was making some nice, straight shots that had a perfect arc on them. I don’t have my distance back, yet, but I am looking forward to a real round of golf with Lieutenant Graham one of these days.

Other than that, part of my day was occupied with watching racing. Specifically, the Monaco Grand Prix. It was nice to see Nico Rosberg win what is basically his home Grand Prix and also to be the first son of a Monaco winner to win the race. Memorial Day weekend is really a good time for racing, between Monaco, Indianapolis and Charlotte.

So, we also paid a visit to Inside Track to get SPW a new pair of kicks. She wound up with a very shiny pair of New Balance 860’s that she said fit wonderfully. It’s simply amazing how getting shoes in the right size can help your feet. Turns out her old shoes were too narrow. Took Mark at Inside Track all of about three seconds to figure that out, and he went in the back and came out with these and it was love. Professionals are a good thing.

At any rate, that’s all I have to talk about at the moment. There’s going to be a big announcement the week after next, so stay tuned!

Song of the Day: 10538 Overture – Electric Light Orchestra

I’m a recent convert to what I now consider to be the finest automobile racing on the planet.

No, not NA$CAR. I used to be a NA$CAR fan, back in the old days. Before the Car of Tomorrow, The Chase and all the other stuff kind of ruined things. I know, the NASCAR “brain” trust tells us that the Chase builds excitement… that it’s a playoff system for racing. My reply is to ask in just how many other sports are the teams that didn’t make the playoffs allowed to keep playing?

Aerial view of Circuit of the Americas

Anyway, I’ve recently become a convert to Formula One racing, and if you ever need a reason to consider joining the fan ranks of F1, look no further than Sunday’s United States Grand Prix. Held at the brand new Circuit of the Americas track outside of Austin, Texas, the race was a showcase of driving skill and racing technology, all taking place on what should prove to become an iconic track going forward. Coupling with it a chance to clinch a world driving championship, there was a lot on the line as the series arrived at the brand new, $400 million complex.

Formula One and the United States have a checkered history. For twenty years, F1’s U.S. home was the beautiful Watkins Glen track in New York’s Finger Lakes region. Over the years, financial difficulties and a decaying track forced the series to move from Watkins Glen. It bounced around for a while, making street circuit stops in Long Beach, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas and Phoenix. There wasn’t a permanent home until Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosted the race starting in 2000. It remained moderately successful until the tire issues of 2005 when the cars with Michelin rubber pulled out of the race, leaving the six cars with Bridgestone rubber to compete.

As such, there was a huge amount of pressure for the event at Circuit of the Americas to be a success. If it wasn’t, it would’ve cast serious doubts on the viability of the series in the United States. The day started with beautiful weather, some intrigue by Ferrari and ended with Lewis Hamilton‘s McLaren- Mercedes beating Sebastian Vettel‘s Red Bull – Renault to the checkered flag.

The day was beautiful, the track shone in the autumn Texas sun, a few clouds dotting an beautiful blue sky. Temperatures were in the mid 70’s, with a track temperature of 88 degrees. There was a crowd approaching 120,000. The track had been very slick through qualifying and the open practice sessions were the first chance many teams had to experience the track. There was a noticeable lack of grip and many cars were careening off the course until the teams were able to dial the cars in.

What followed, though, was a thoroughly entertaining race. While Hamilton and Vettel finished around 30 seconds ahead of the field, there was hard racing throughout the field.

I plan on watching next week’s season ending Brazilian Grand Prix, and being fully engaged next season. As I said earlier, it’s the best racing on the planet and well worth the time.

If you are interested in the difference between NASCAR and F1, check this out.