Ah, Sonoma, "I feel the need, the need for speed"..."Pop quiz, hotshot. There's a bomb on a bus"...whoops too many movie quotes but seriously pop quiz...what is wrong with this picture?
Notice anything missing?? Like a big blue hauler in between the #11 and #17 haulers? Unfortunately, the race weekend got off to a rough start for the Blue Deuce. Our hauler apparently broke the "turbo bearing" in the engine in the Nevada desert and had to be towed (can you imagine the size of the tow truck!?!?) to Vegas. For a short time there was a real scare that the #2 car(s) would not make it to the track. Luckily Stump and Cindy are crack mechanics and fixed it up but the delay put them pulling into the garage at 2 AM Friday. Of course, all the other haulers were already lined up so we got to pull in at the very, VERY end of the line-past all the start and parkers and right next to JJ Yeley.
I was privy to a rare sight in the garage...it is not often you see drivers getting make up! What a cool job eh?
I cannot say quite yet what exactly this Goodyear commercial featuring Sam, Kurt, as well as Harvick, Bowyer and Burton is about but it sure was fun watching them play TV star for a little bit. They both did a great job with their lines but had to do them over and over for the perfect cut and splice.
The "product" will be announced by Goodyear at the Daytona race in July but you can say you heard a rumor about a new product here first...and once it is announced I'll post the rest of the pictures I do have. I will say it is a very cool idea. While we will have to wait a bit longer - one thing that all of the drivers could not wait to do was to get rid of that makeup!
Fun moment on pit road right before Kurt went out to qualify - some good ole fashioned trash-talking between old teammates...
Kurt laid down a lightening fast lap in qualifying picking up nearly a second over practice and kept himself in front of the media. Here he is being interviewed by Dodge PR and in the background you can see Kurt's PR guy keeping his eyes on the rest of the qualifiers on his Sprint Fan View. Oh and our hauler, yeah so far down its still not in the picture!
More to come....