Saturday, May 23, 2009

Happy Happy Hour

It's got nothing to do with Charlotte but with the amount of rain that we have received in Daytona Beach and the fact that there is an alligator in my back yard, I decided to dedicate this weeks Happy Hour to my felow Daytonians . In case you missed it, you can check out the amount of water we have received here. We have received 27" of rain this week..... how do people live in Seattle?

Today's happy hour cocktail is called "Sex with an Alligator" and it's a shot.

1 oz Jagermeister
1 oz Midori
1 oz Chambord
1 oz pineapple juice

Add Pineapple juice and Midori into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain. Layer in Chambord and Jagermeister. Chambord will go to the bottom, Jager will float to the top. This works best in a martini glass and should look like this.

3 Female Drivers to compete at the Indy 500

Tomorrow will mark the 100th running of the Indianopalis 500 and the 50th running of the Coca Cola 600. While the boys in NASCAR will be driving under the lights, Danica Patrick, Sarah Fisher and Milka Duno will compete to become the first female to win at Indy when the flag drops at 1:00pm. While polesitter and Dancing with the Stars champ Helio Castroneves lead the final practice, we are huge fans of Danica and will be cheering her on tomorrow.
If you are on twitter, make sure you follow Danica @danicapatrick or click here to be taken to her twitter account.

You can read more about the women of Indy here and check out NASCARs article on the two races here.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Coca Cola 600 line up

Watch out boys and girls, Stewart-Haas Racing is on fire. The week after Tony Stewart won his first race as an owner/driver, his teammate Ryan Newman clenched their first pole for the Coca Cola 600 at Lowes Motor Speedway. Is Gene Haas a good luck charm?

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Here is your line up for Sundays Coca Cola 600:

1. # 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet, U.S. Army

2. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota, M&M's

3. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, DuPont

4. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet, Carquest / Kellogg's

5. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet, Lowe's

6. #9 Kasey Kahne Dodge, Budweiser

7. #09 Mike Bliss Dodge, Phoenix Racing

8. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota, Red Bull

9. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet, Target

10. #21 Bill Elliott Ford, Motorcraft

11. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota, Huckleberry's BBQ

12. #1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet, Bass Pro Shops / NWTF

13. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota, FedEx Express

14. #20 Joey Logano Toyota, The Home Depot

15. #19 Elliott Sadler Dodge, Best Buy

16. #16 Greg Biffle Ford, American Red Cross / 3M

17. #2 Kurt Busch Dodge, Miller Lite "Taste Protector"

18. #82 Scott Speed Toyota, Red Bull

19. #99 Carl Edwards Ford, Aflac

20. # 96 Bobby Labonte Ford,

21. #00 David Reutimann Toyota, Aaron's Dream Machine

22. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet, Shell / Pennzoil

23. #47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota, Kingsford / Clorox

24. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet, Cheerios / Hamburger Helper

25. #66 Dave Blaney Toyota, Aaron's Dream Machine

26. #77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge, Mobil 1

27. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet, National Guard / Amp Energy

28. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet, Office Depot / Old Spice

29. #71 David Gilliland Chevrolet, Hyde Park Storage Suites

30. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford, R+L Carriers

31. #98 Paul Menard Ford, Johns Manville / Menards

32. #13 Max Papis Toyota, GEICO

33. #26 Jamie McMurray Ford, Irwin Vise-Grip

34. #6 David Ragan Ford, UPS

35. #12 David Stremme Dodge, Penske Racing

36. #07 Casey Mears Chevrolet, Jack Daniel's

37. #7 Robby Gordon Toyota, Jim Beam / Operation Homefront

38. #44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge, Hunt Brothers Pizza

39. #55 Michael Waltrip Toyota, NAPA

40. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet, Caterpillar

41. #34 Tony Raines Chevrolet, Taco Bell

42. #43 Reed Sorenson Dodge, U.S. Air Force

43. #36 Scott Riggs Toyota, Tommy Baldwin Racing

Did not qualify

#41 J.J. Yeley Toyota,

#73 Mike Garvey Dodge, Quality Concrete

#64 Todd Bodine Toyota, Gunselman Motorsports

#06 David Starr Dodge, Roni Deutch Tax Center

Thank god the race isnt at Daytona International Speedway this weekend! We are underwater!

Its been raining cats and dogs all week and I was on facebook and someone posted some pix of our beloved home track under water. I swore they were photoshopped but I drove out there a canoe....just kidding, but the pictures were verified! Enjoy!!!

A Fast Lap with Ashley Force Hood

This week's fast lap doesn't need much of an introduction as many of you have heard of her. Ashley Force Hood made history by becoming the first female funny car driver in history, beating her father (drag racing icon John Force) in the final round of the 28th annual Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals. Ashley's win denied John of what would have been his 1,000th winning round at his 500th NHRA tour event. You can learn more about Ashley on her website.

photo credits of John Force Racing

1.What music have you recently put on your iPod?
I recently added ‘Use Somebody’ by Kings of Leon and ‘Poker Face’ by Lady GaGa.

2. What was the last movie you saw?
The Other Boleyn Girl

3. What are your favorite TV shows?
CSI Las Vegas and CSI New York

4. What other sporting teams/events do you follow?

My husband is a huge hockey fan so him and I are glued to the TV right now watching the NHL Stanley Cup since his Chicago Blackhawks are going to the finals and if the Ducks win tomorrow they go to the finals too!

5. What is one personal item you can not live without?

Post its! I am very forgetful so I have little reminder notes next to my bed, on the mirror and on the car dash (not the race car dash though!)

6. What are your favorite places to visit?

I love Lake Tahoe, Nevada in the summer and in the winter. It’s where we spend Christmas and where we got married too!

7. What is your favorite clothing brand?

I love blue jeans in any brand, heels from Cole Haan and tank tops from Oakley and Hollister!

8. What is your favorite book or publication?

‘The Shack’ by William P. Young

9. What is your favorite activity to do in your off time?

Work around the house and BBQ with my husband Dan and cat Simba

10. What is your favorite cuisine?

Chinese Food.

11. What advice would you give other females looking to get into the
sporting world?
Spend time learning about the sport since there is always a lot to it than the glamorous side shown on TV. As with any sport, drag racing is a lot of hard work and time on the road but if you love it then it’s worth it!

Stay tuned for next weeks fast lap with Tiff Daniels

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Bobby Allison to grand marshall and pre race activities for the 50th Coca Cola 600

picture from legends of racing
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CONCORD, N.C. -- Fans will be witness to history even before the green flag drops on the 50th Coca-Cola 600, as Coca-Cola and Lowe's Motor Speedway pay tribute to the legends who have made the race one of NASCAR's crown jewels the last half century.

Thrilling memories will be on display as every former winner of the Coca-Cola 600 is honored during a special celebration prior to the 50th running of NASCAR's longest race. Serving as grand marshal -- and representing all 26 drivers who have taken the checkered flag at the Coca-Cola 600 -- will be NASCAR legend Bobby Allison, a three-time winner of the race (1971, 1981 and 1984).

Named one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers and a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, Allison won 84 races in his storied career, tying him for third all-time with Darrell Waltrip.

In addition to delivering the most famous words in motorsports -- "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines" -- Allison is set to take a ceremonial victory lap around Lowe's Motor Speedway in the actual Coca-Cola-sponsored 1969 Mercury Cyclone he drove to victory in the 1971 race. The car is currently on display at the Memory Lane Museum in Mooresville, N.C.

"The Coca-Cola 600 has always been one of the most grueling events on the NASCAR schedule and I can honestly say that every winner of this race was a tremendous competitor," Allison said. "I'm proud to serve as grand marshal, to be a part of Coca-Cola's rich tradition with NASCAR and represent all the drivers who have made it to Victory Lane at this great race."

Many of NASCAR's greatest drivers are among the winners of the Coca-Cola 600, including Richard Petty, David Pearson, Donnie Allison, Dale Jarrett, Rusty Wallace, Buddy Baker, Marvin Panch and Fred Lorenzen.

God love the power of google, below is a breakdown of the pre-race ceremonies (well, the important parts)

5:00:00 Fox Live on Air
5:10:00 Intro Honorary Starter: Jim DeMint, US Senator from South Carolina
5:10:30 Intro Grand Marshal: Bobby Allison
5:11:00 Intro Honorary Race Director: Seth Hammett, Speaker from Alabama
5:14:00 Intro Past Champions
5:15:00 NSCS Drivers Intro’s with NASCAR Special Award (Lugnut, Miss Sprint Cups):
(Drivers exit stage left and take one lap in a Toyota truck (Drivers will be dropped off at their cars on pit road)
Coors Light Pole Award To: TBD
DirecTV Crew Chief of the Race Award To: TBD
DOW Automotive Strategic Move of the Race Award To: TBD
Moog Chassis Parts Problem Solver of the Race Award To: TBD
Goodyear Gatorback Belts Fastest Lap Award To: TBD
Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race Award To: TBD
Raybestos Rookie of the Race Award To: TBD
Mahle Engine Builder of the Race Award To: TBD
O’Reilly Auto Parts “People, Service & Performance” Award To: TBD
Wix Lap Leader Award To: TBD
Tissot “Pit Road Precision” Award To: TBD
5:35:00 Black Daggers Jump
5:45:00 Intro Presentation of Colors by: Ft. Bragg
5:45:20 Invocation by: Franklin Graham
5:45:45 Amazing Grace by: TBD
5:46:45 “21 Gun Salute”: Fort Bragg
5:47:10 Taps by: 82nd Airborne Division Bugler from Ft Bragg
5:47:55 Intro National Anthem (Troops Unfurl Large American Flag on Ballfield)
5:48:10 National Anthem: Jesse James
5:49:40 Fly-By TOT: 4 F-15’s, 159th Fighter Wing

5:54:40 “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines” by: Bobby Allison
6:03:10 Start of the Coca-Cola 600 (400 Laps /600 Miles on FOX)

Jimmie Johnsons paint scheme to honor Lowe’s employees who are military veterans & reservists

MOORESVILLE, N.C. - Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus, along with six Lowe's employees with more than 30 years of military duty, unveiled the No. 48 Lowe's Impala SS Johnson will run in the Memorial Day weekend Sprint Cup event at Lowe's Motor Speedway today.

"We typically don't have a lot of special paint schemes throughout the year," said Johnson, who will be trying for this fourth win in the Memorial Day weekend race. "This event is usually an exception though. It means a lot to honor our country and all the people in the military. Both my grandfathers served so I understand the importance of showing our support."

The car's design carries the names of 12,548 Lowe's employees who are military veterans or reservists. The names are showcased on the car's hood and deck lid. The remaining paint scheme was inspired partly by Knaus who worked with Lowe's to create the patriotic-themed car to help honor the military.

"For some reason those patriotic schemes we used to run back home have always stuck in my mind," said Knaus. "They were special and meant something to us. Last year a serviceman approached me at Pocono and told me how much the paint schemes Lowe's has during Memorial Day weekend meant to those that serve. So I really wanted to work with Lowe's and the team to create an extra-special one this year."Knaus, who got his start in racing by working with his father's team in Rockford, Ill., used images of the red, white and blue schemes his father drove to help develop the concept for the Memorial Day weekend car.
Photo rights of Team Lowes Racing

Lowe's and the 48 team have a history of supporting the military and honoring the country over the years. In 2001, Johnson's first Sprint Cup race came at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the No. 48 Lowe's car, which was specially painted to honor the country. Johnson started 15th and finished 39th.
(2001) Photo rights of Team Lowes Racing

"Lowe's began as its founders returned from serving their country in World War II, and for more than 60 years we have had a long tradition of hiring veterans and reservists to work on our team," said Bob Gfeller, Lowe's SVP of Marketing. "We are proud to celebrate their service to the USA with this very special one of a kind paint scheme of the Team Lowe's 48 Impala and to honor all of our nation's military this Memorial Day weekend."

In support of the Memorial Day holiday, Lowe's will offer a 10% discount to all active, reserve, honorably discharged, and retired military personnel and their immediate families. In addition, a special page has been set up on giving fans the opportunity to thank the military members who mean the most to them by posting photographs and stories of themselves, friends or family members on the site. Lowe's employees also may visit the site to locate the placement of their name on the car.

The unveiling of No. 48 Chevrolet will be posted on by 8 p.m. ET Friday.

Tune Up Tuesday-Kenny Chesney Greatest Hits II

Megan would hunt me down and beat me if I didn't include this in our Tune Up Tuesday. Even though I sold country radio for about 10 years, I will admit to you that its not my favorite format. But I do love some Kenny Chesney! How can you not? He is adorable and talented and has songs that you can sing along to..reminds me of being out on the boat during the summer. This has one brand new single "Out Last Night" and songs you know and love such as "When the Sun Goes Down" and "No Shirt No Shoes No Problem". It also has my favorite song "Beer in Mexico" which was the theme for the latest commercial for Corona. The making of video, courtesy of You Tube is fantastic.

Kenny Chesney will bring this tour to a city near you this summer.
Other Tune Ups of interest include Eminem and Iron and Wine (my trust me pick of the week).

Monday, May 18, 2009

Exciting changes to come!

Over the next few days, we will be giving our page a total makeover and a name change. The new look will be easier to navigate and will be more appealing to the eye (not quite as appealing as Carl Edwards but we try). Our new name is Racing Fashionistas and no worries if you don't change it in your browser, we are smarter than a pair of Jimmy Choos and will redirect you automatically!

While our primary focus will always be on NASCAR, we will be venturing into other areas of motorsports and more importantly the female aspect that is happening there. This upcoming Thursday will kick off an interview with NHRA driver Ashley Force Hood.

All of the other articles are available for viewing pleasure while we get everything switched over!