This post does have a definite racing connection, so please bear with me. Last Saturday night, I was watching as my Tennessee Vols were being completely dismantled by Missouri, by a score of 31-3. In the middle of the second quarter, I took to Twitter out of frustration. My tweets automatically go to my Facebook page. I don’t really do Facebook. If it doesn’t come from Twitter, I don’t post. My frustration tweet said “Vols laying an egg so far against Mizzou. 17-0 2nd qtr.”
For better or worse, One Take Only returns to this site. For those that have made the wise choice to not watch these in the past, this is the occasional videoblog that is essentially me and my friend John McLallen (JohnMc) sitting and chatting about all things racing. It is uncut, unrehearsed a nd done without any notes or preparation. We simply start the camera and start talking. Sometimes, it shows.
This past weekend, John and I sat out in the backyard and discussed the IndyCar season that just wrapped up, Scott Dixon’s championship and Tony Kanaan’s move to Chip Ganassi Racing. We also speculated on the 2015 season. All in all, it was a nice fall afternoon to do some serious offseason bench-racing.
We are now almost two weeks into the dreaded IndyCar offseason. With the announcement and confirmation that the IndyCar Series would end the 2014 season on Labor Day next season, it has been a popular notion to say that this current offseason is going to be seven months long.
This past Monday, an infamous anniversary came and went with little or no mention. Monday October 28 marked the one-year anniversary of the unceremonious firing of former IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard. I believe in looking forward and not dwelling on the past, but I’ll admit I pondered the question of what might have been, had Randy Bernard been left to continue his work.
We finally arrived safely back into the real world from our California odyssey in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. After four hours sleep, it was back to the grind. As I type Tuesday night, I’ll have to admit that we have not watched one minute of the DVR replay. I think by now, we’ve all pretty well dissected Saturday night’s race enough that any “Random Comments” would be stale by this point.
First of all, I apologize for not having anything up here this morning as promised. I’ve already heard from a few people on Twitter that there was nothing there this morning. There’s a good excuse for that. When we finally got back to the room, I was simply too tired to post anything last night. It’s been an incredible weekend here in Los Angeles, but sadly it comes to an end today. The weather has been picture perfect here until today, appropriately enough. As I type, we are socked into a fog bank that shows no sign of lifting. Here are shots of the respective views we had from our hotel: daytime, at sunset and then this morning.
As we have been kind of slugging around our hotel this morning, I have been browsing around the internet taking the pulse of the reaction to last night’s MAVTV 500 from Fontana, CA. Some thought it was riveting, while others found it dreadful. It’s a very interesting mix of reactions. I can promise you – to those of us that were lucky enough to be there in person, the verdict was unanimous. It was an outstanding race.