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OT: Racing Around with Marco
Posted by: WhenIm64 ()
Date: January 07, 2018 08:51PM

Many of you are aware that I have long been involved with oval-track racing. This past weekend one of the many wintertime indoor TQ Midget races took place and a special guest was Marco Andretti, who took some demonstration laps in a friend’s car and would have been fast enough to qualify for the main event had his contractual obligations permitted him to race.

Last year I stepped away from race announcing after 43 years, but I am still at the track and as the resident open-wheel guy I was given the nod to do the interviews with Marco. For me, this closed a loop, because I witnessed his grandfather race in this very same class of car 55 years ago. Mario won four times in these cars before climbing further up the racing ladder, reaching, of course, the very top with a Daytona 500 victory, an Indy 500 victory, and the Formula One world driving championship.

Marco’s Indycar results have been disappointing, not only to fans but to Marco himself. He asked me not to mention his two Indycar victories, because he is chagrined that the number is not higher. So instead I mentioned his second-place finish in his first Indy 500 and his four podium finishes at Indy.

For those who may have doubted whether Marco is truly a “real racer,” who may have concluded that he got where he is solely because of parentage, on this night I could see that he is indeed the real deal. His focus on learning the car, which he had never so much as seen up to an hour beforehand, was intense. He got up to speed in it in about half the time we expected, on a track he had never seen before. And his laps times were actually better than those of the car’s regular driver, who is no slouch.

The next day he was scheduled to run a shifter kart and then the Indycar tests begin at Sebring.

He was gracious and patient with the fans, and generous with his interviews with me. I had only met Marco only once before, very briefly, and was not able to form an impression at that time. This time, I came away with considerable respect.

WhyImWhenIm64

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Re: OT: Racing Around with Marco
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: January 07, 2018 09:08PM

Great fun for you!!





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Re: OT: Racing Around with Marco
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: January 07, 2018 10:32PM

thumbs upthumbs up
Looks like a nice facility too.

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Re: OT: Racing Around with Marco
Posted by: vairmech ()
Date: January 08, 2018 04:52AM

Was there something on the track?

That has to be a fun job or hobby? !!!!

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Re: OT: Racing Around with Marco
Posted by: WhenIm64 ()
Date: January 08, 2018 06:47AM

vairmech Wrote:
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> Was there something on the track?
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> That has to be a fun job or hobby? !!!!


Not sure what you're asking, Ken. Was there something on the track? Perhaps referring to the young lady in the first photo who appears to be dealing with something on the track, but who is instead stringing up the transponder loop. Or perhaps you are asking whether the track surface has been treated with something, for which the answer is 'yes.' The bare concrete floor of the arena is sprayed with Coke syrup, and becomes sticky enough to pull your shoes off as you walk.

Fun job or hobby? Both!

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Re: OT: Racing Around with Marco
Posted by: Nickshu ()
Date: January 08, 2018 07:03AM

Very cool!

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Re: OT: Racing Around with Marco
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: January 08, 2018 07:27AM

WhenIm64 Wrote:
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> vairmech Wrote:
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> > Was there something on the track?
> >
> > That has to be a fun job or hobby? !!!!
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Or
> perhaps you are asking whether the track surface
> has been treated with something, for which the
> answer is 'yes.' The bare concrete floor of the
> arena is sprayed with Coke syrup, and becomes
> sticky enough to pull your shoes off as you walk.
>
> Fun job or hobby? Both!

Is that diet or regular coke?

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Re: OT: Racing Around with Marco
Posted by: Willt65 ()
Date: January 08, 2018 08:17AM

Probably the best use for Coke syrup there is!!!

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Re: OT: Racing Around with Marco
Posted by: Huntsville ()
Date: January 08, 2018 08:43PM

It would have to be regular Coke, Diet Coke isn't sticky. lol



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Re: OT: Racing Around with Marco
Posted by: vairmech ()
Date: January 09, 2018 05:01AM

OK, now I see it. I see the wire being strung out for the loop.

I did not know about the "Coke" syrup!

Ken Hand
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