My Morning Commute Sucks, Thanks @pLmotorsport

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My Morning Commute Sucks, Thanks @pLmotorsport

My Morning Commute Sucks, Thanks @pLmotorsport

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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!


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Circuit of the Americas - Formula 1 in Austin, Texas by Red Bull Racing

Formula 1 Circuit of the Americas – Austin Texas

Circuit of the Americas - Formula 1 in Austin, Texas by Red Bull Racing

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


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Danica Patrick - IndyCar at Infineon Raceway at Sears Point/Sonoma CA

IndyCar at Infineon Raceway

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.

Check out some of my photos below.

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New Project: Let’s Go Racing!

So this is long overdue. Although we’ve started this project a number of times without getting very far, each time we’ve come a little bit closer, learning and adding valuable experiences to our list of to-dos and not-to-dos. Last summer my brother went through performance driving school and is now ready to race competitively. The only things missing are a team and a car. We’ve been into road racing for years. American Le Mans is probably our top choice (haven’t missed a single race in California in the last eight years), although we haven’t experienced Formula 1 in person so that’s up for debate. Although the multiple classes running at the same time is probably the one thing that I feel puts Le Mans racing above the rest, it makes it exciting.

As Honda/Acura fans since we were youngsters in the back seat strapped into the back of our parents’ Honda Civic CVCC, we’ve been hooked on the gas efficient and superb handling for as long as I can remember (I’ve owned 10 different Hondas/Acuras myself). Thus, the goal is Honda Challenge. It combines the cars we love with the mixed classes of racing that we love about ALMS. Our other brother will be coming out from Colorado in the coming weeks, and we’ve acquired a 1991 CRX SI. So all the experience from track days and autocross events will soon be taken to the next level.

As of right now, it’s a long ways from seeing any track time but it is the best platform we’ve had to start with so far. The car is already equipped with a full roll cage that passes tech inspection. It has a SI motor in it that will be used for the first season, and then we’ll re-evaluate from there. We’re looking into trailers now, and I’ll be looking for a 2001-2003 Chevy to use for towing purposes also. Pretty exciting stuff! Things seem to be coming together nicely so far! We have a couple early sketches of what the graphics on the cars will look like, more to come in the future.

We’re looking for sponsors of all types, so if you’re looking for a way to reach customers in an innovative and professional manner, email me for more information sactownxsi [@] gmail.com

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