I’ve spent most of my adult life trying to figure out how to avoid the stereotypical “American Way” and its 9-5 work hours. I don’t function efficiently during those hours, no matter how much I am paid or how much I convince myself I can, it just doesn’t happen. Instead, my “commute” has been altered to fit my own ever-changing schedule and means of transportation, whether it be my skateboard or BMX.
Today, however, one of my favorite racecar drivers has completely ruined my idea of the perfect morning commute with this video. Never again will I be happy with lackadaisically meandering to the corner coffee spot …ok well, maybe sometimes, but Patrick Long, Porsche factory driver of my favorite race team, Flying Lizard Motor Sports has a pretty kick-ass “commute” to deal with, almost makes me jealous, even if the coffee gets cold. I’ll be making coffee at Laguna Seca this weekend however, just like I have been for American Le Mans events for the last ten years or so, and the coffee… it won’t be cold. Go Lizards!
My friends over at @whtcollarcrime just sent over this new Red Bull video of the Circuit of the Americas. I figured since the rest of Formula 1 seems to be bowing down to Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing this season, I may as well tip my cap to them as well. Red Bull is one of the best at creative marketing, and if you’re a race fan, this 6 minutes is well worth your time. One of the things I respect the most about Red Bull’s approach to most of their digital strategy is their ability to pull in local pieces and community into their global efforts. The Mississippi River skate park is a good example of that, in that you get to know the reason, and the importance of it to the local Red Bull athletes, Huckleberry Finn style.
Austin, Texas, is an amazing city, and after living there for a year, I’m happy to see the economy there stil prospering, and even happier to see Formula 1 return to the US. Hopefully there won’t be any cowboys wrangling race cars next November though, I don’t think Red Bull can give you wings to get out of the way of F1.
As if we needed any more reason anticipation, right? Enjoy.
Circuit of the Americas – Formula 1 Racing in Austin, Texas by Red Bull Racing
I was lucky enough to get some tickets to see Indy Car come to Sonoma this past weekend. I haven’t been to a major event at Sears Point since American Le Mans last visited in 2005. A few track days spread throughout five years is just not enough considering how beautiful the drive to the track from whatever direction you come from is. I definitely miss ALMS coming to Sonoma.
It was a beautiful day which always makes it difficult to take pictures in my opinion. Practice makes perfect though…and what better way to practice than trying to shoot cars that are pushing speeds of over 200 MPH! I was playing with settings most of the day just trying to see what I could come up with. I also shot a ton of photos of people because the diversity that shows up for IndyCar is mind-boggling. It seems that the series draws fans from every type of racing which is something that impressed me. The race itself was a little uneventful considering Will Power was on pole and pretty much stayed there the entire race.