Saturday, July 11, 2009

Vickers my kind of town, Chicago is...




Hello Red Bull, are you paying attention? One of your drivers is more consistent than Kryle reevaluating his karma after every race! Once again, Brian Vickers takes the pole for today's race! Must be all the luck and love from the Fashionistas last weekend! With fellow Red Buller Speed right behind him, Johnson, Hamlin, and Bowyer round out the top five. Awesome Bill Elliot will be running in this race on a provisional, qualifying in the 8th position. The rest of the line up is here, as you know I dont know how to make it pretty like Megan and its six in the morning!
And in other news, Jimmy Fallon will be the grand marshal for this weeks race! Host of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, he will also drive the pace car. Jessie James, who just got off tour with the Jonas Brothers will sing the National Anthem!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Happy Happy Hour, Windy City Style


The Fashionistas have had far far far too many experiences with this weeks happy hour cocktail of choice....The Mind Eraser. We like to mix things up a bit so our recipe is different from the stationary one. If you find yourself at a bar asking for this cocktail, make sure you ask for vanilla vodka. Also, please make sure there is another person sharing this with you, as we take no responsibility for your actions later this evening. You can follow along with Happy Hour here.

Fashionistas Mind Eraser
Kahula
Vanilla Vodka (we prefer Grey Goose La Vanille)
Soda Water
Chambord

In a Pint glass with ice, layer equal portions in this order: Kahlua; Vodka; Soda water. Then float a very small layer of chambord on top.

Put at least 2 straws in, and chug until it is gone with a partner. If it isn't empty, don't stop.

Cheers to the boys in the Windy City.

Jimmie Johnson is one funny guy!!!


FunnyorDie.com, the funniest place on the web, presents an exclusive new video featuring three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson offering tips on how to achieve great success on the track and in life. Fans of the famed race car driver will see what it takes to be a true winner. To showcase his “winner” techniques and “how-to’s” Johnson enlists his pals, football great Jason Sehorn and actor/singer Nick Lachey, who are both featured in the video.“I really enjoyed working with Funny or Die throughout the entire process,” said Johnson, who filmed the spot in Los Angeles prior to the spring Phoenix race. “I certainly don’t think I have a job in the infomercial world, but I enjoyed trying something new and different and hopefully the fans get a good laugh out of it. I know Jason, Nick and I did while we were filming it. We always seem to have a good time when we get together and I think it comes across in the video.”The video was written by Funny or Die‘s Chad Carter and directed by Drew Antzis. "We had a blast shooting this video with Jimmie," said Funny or Die producer Mike Farah. "It's always fun to see sports stars like Jimmie doing something totally different and unexpected. I think his fans will totally get a kick out of it."

The video can be found here

About Funny or Die.Funny or Die (http://www.funnyordie.com/) is an award-winning website that has become one of the top destinations for comedy on the web. Over the past six months, the site has averaged over 25 million video views per month. With hundreds of exclusive celebrity videos and a steady stream of huge viral hits, Funny or Die has become the “place to be seen” for comedic celebrities, and the obvious destination for a daily comedy fix. Funny or Die’s founders are Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy. Judd Apatow is one of the site’s principal partners.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

A Fast Lap with Jamie Little

We had the pleasure of meeting ESPN pit reporter Jamie Little last week in Daytona. We were immediately impressed with her knowledge of motorsports and her sense of style. She was genuinely nice and we left with the feeling that Jamie is someone we would love to share a glass of wine or go jet skiing with!

What have you recently put on your ipod?
A mix of random things; Daughtry & Country music. I am a country music lover so all the latest and greatest there. I pretty much download the top 20 on iTunes every couple of months. When I am running I like to have everything from hip hop to country.

What was the last movie you saw, in the theater or rented?
I saw The Hangover two weeks before Daytona.

What is your Favorite TV show?
Does NASCAR Now count? :)

What other sporting teams/events do you follow?
If it doesn't have a motor I don't pay attention to it! Although I do love horse racing.

Do you get to go to any of the horse races?
No, we have a race every weekend there is a horse race. Going to the Kentucky Derby would be a dream!

What is one personal item that you couldn't live without?
My blackberry!

What is your favorite brand of clothing?
I love designer jeans, especially William Rast since Justin Timberlake & Trace Ayala are very involved in racing & have sponsored cars. I am originally from Las Vegas so the shopping out there is the best. I have to keep a fine line of being girly and over the top at the track. I also love designer sunglasses.

What is your favorite place to visit off season?
I love to going home to Las Vegas. I also like to visit anywhere on the West Coast, San Diego, Lake Tahoe, any place by the water is awesome.

What is your Favorite book or publication?
Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz is a book that I recently read that stands out. Just started The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. It is a book that is based on racing from a dog’s perspective, he narrates the book from a human’s prospective. IndyCar driver Lyn St. James, the first woman to win the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award, gave me the book a year ago.
What is your favorite activity to do in your off time?
Ride dirt bikes, mountain bikes, work out, and go jet skiing. Me and Shannon just got jet skiis together. Basically anything active with my family is key.

What is your favorite cuisine?
I can eat Sushi breakfast, lunch & dinner.

What other advice would you give to females looking to get into the sporting world?
It doesn't matter what the sport is, if it is considered a boy’s world then women belong there too. It isn't a gender thing. If you are good, you will be taken seriously and if drivers give you an attitude, they are treating you like a guy and that is the best compliment you can get. There is definitely a place for women here and there are more and more coming around every year.

Do you have a favorite driver?
Hands down as a reporter, what we look for in somebody is Carl Edwards. He always gives you what you want, whether he has won or lost a race. The fans love him and he isn't vanilla. He will let you know if he is upset and he is always a very respectful, hard racer. He is the perfect package.

When you are reporting in the pits, how do you stay away from crossing the line while interviewing crew members?
We have producers in our head, telling us what to do, etc. and I always use my instinct and gut reaction. We have an amazing team and our producer won’t force us to do an interview. If the crew chief does not want to talk, we will get the next best thing. There is always that fine line and we don't want to cross it. A driver can get mad at you because of something you said to another driver but everyone understands and we are in the same boat.

Jamie with the Ally, Megan & Darlynn

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Tommy Baldwin Racing gains a new sponsor and saves race fans $$ on Pizza!


From the TBR press release

Palermo's Pizza announced today that it will sponsor Tommy Baldwin Racing’s No. 36 Toyota and driver Mike Skinner in the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend.

In celebration of its sponsorship of the No. 36 machine, Palermo’s Pizza will offer race fans an opportunity to download a money saving coupon by visiting TBR Website

We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to team Palermo’s Pizza with Tommy Baldwin Racing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Chicagoland Speedway,” said Giacomo Fallucca, President and CEO Palermo’s Pizza. “Chicago is a very important market for our frozen pizzas and one where we have been growing by leaps and bounds over the past year. This partnership with TBR provides us with a great opportunity to spread the word about Palermo’s pizzeria-quality frozen pizzas to NASCAR fans, the people of Illinois and the Midwest as a whole.”

“We’re proud to have Palermo’s Pizza on the car this weekend at Chicago,” said Tommy Baldwin. “It’s important for us to look for partners that share our team’s commitment in quality and pride. Palermo’s pizza is a terrific company with a rich history and we look forward to working with them this weekend and in years to come.”

Skinner will make his 258th start this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. He has 10 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top-five and 38 top-10 finishes over those starts. He also earned the 1995 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship for Richard Childress Racing.

The LifeLock.com 400 will be televised live Sat., July 11 beginning at 7:30 p.m. EST on TNT and will be broadcast live on PRN and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.

Chicagoland Speedway presents a FREE concert with the Goo Goo Dolls!


This week we head to Ilinois for the 2009 NASCAR LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway!The race will take place this Saturday July 11th 7:30 pre race, green flag approx 8:00p. TNT will be covering the race on TV and MRN on Radio. A list of events for the weekend can be found here.

Rock band the Goo Goo Dolls will be the headline act for the Miller Lite Rock N’ Racing concert at Chicagoland Speedway on Thursday. The concert will once again take place at the track’s Miller Lite Pit Stop, located in Champions Park, following NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying.

The concert is free. To see action on the track, fans may buy a NASCAR Pole Day ticket, which provides general admission access to watch practice and qualifying runs for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Tickets for Pole Day are $15 (children 12 and under are free) and can be purchased by calling 888-629-RACE (7223)


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Inside the ESPN Pit Studio

How many times have you watched NASCAR Countdown preceding a NASCAR race and put thought into how much is entailed into a single broadcast? I will put money on it that you have no idea what actually takes place behind the scenes in the Pit Studio.

ESPN has the most technologically-advanced traveling studio ever used in sports television and we had the opportunity to get a behind the scenes view of what actually happens. The Pit Studio has been part of ESPN's
rolling fleet and it weighs nearly 78,000 pounds. It is outfitted with state-of-the-art LED lighting and was the first mobile TV production to be equipped in this manner. The lights, which we touched with our bare hands, emit no heat. We can honestly say, we went into the Pit Studio to find comfort in the A/C during the desert heat in Daytona Beach. Finding cooling comfort in television production studios is not the norm, especially not in mobile studios! The Pit Studio also includes three robotic HD cameras which are controlled by operators inside the studio.

The Pit Studio, which is situated near the pits at every track, is elevated 14 feet in the air while in use. It will travel to 24 NASCAR tracks this season, bringing viewers the ESPN Bristol Connecticut studio look and feel while giving an inside look at cars and grandstands with its 30 foot glass windows. The entire operation travels as a tractor-trailer rig. Upon arrival at the track, the studio can be set up and ready to go in about a day. Following the race, tear-down takes less than three hours.
The Pit Studio at Indy

You will usually find Host Allen Bestwick and analysts Rusty Wallace and Brad Daughtery inside the studio. In addition, Dr. Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett and Andry Petree often bring coverage of NASCAR practice sessions.

Allen Bestwick, Rusty Wallace & Brad Daughtery

The Pit Studio did make a VIP red carpet appearance last year and was used by ABC News in the coverage of the New Hampshire Primary during the 2008 Presidential Elections. The one change...it had to have a small makeover by being redressed in plain colors.

And Silly Season Begins....Martin Truex Jr. moves to the #56 NAPA Auto Parts

The press conference for Michael Waltrip racing started with big brother, Darrell Waltrip welcoming the press, employees, sponsors, partners, fans and the Waltrip family. It sounded exactly like the beginning of a Driver/Crew Chief meeting! All 3 MWR teams were present at the conference.

"Today is a very special day" said DW.

Once Michael took the stand he started off: "Thank you [to my family] for shaping me into who I am today."

Michael Waltrip has been the driver for NAPA Auto Parts for the past 9 years. Michael has been the only driver to run full time with NAPA. In 2010, Michael will run a limited schedule, starting with the 52nd running of the Daytona 500 with NAPA Auto Parts as his sponsor. The rest of his schedule is unknown at this time.

Starting in 2010, Martin Truex Jr., current driver of the Earnhardt Ganassi #1 Bass Pro Shops car, signed a multi year contract with Michael Waltrip Racing and will be the full time driver of the #56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota.

The #56 is a significant number in the Truex family. Martin had the #56 on his car from the time he raced Go Karts all the way up until he moved into the Nationwide (Busch) series. His father, Martin Truex Sr. raced the #56 in the East Series.

Martin said "Looking forward to next year, the sky is the limit."

Truex has 1 NSCS career win, 2 NSCS career poles and won back to back Nationwide (Busch) Series Championships in 2004 and 2005. It is unsure at this time who will be Martin's crew chief.

We wish the BEST of luck to Martin Truex Jr. and Michael Waltrip Racing and look forward to seeing Martin in many quirky commercials with Mikey.

Matt and Katie Kenseth welcome Kaylin Nicola Kenseth

photo rights of MattKenseth.com

Congrats to Daytona 500 winner, Matt Kenseth. His wife, Katie Kenseth gave birth to daughter Kaylin Nicola Kenseth yesterday, July 7th, 2009. This is the couples first child together, Matt has son Ross from a previous marriage. Ross is the one who broke the news on
Twitter, and he said "Everyone is really excited!"

P.S., we LOVE the name the couple has chosen..

Monday, July 6, 2009

Recap of the Coke Zero 400 weekend

We are always excited for the weeks approaching the races in Daytona but are a little relieved (at least our livers are) when it's time for it to be over. The Coke Zero 400 didn't fail us. This time around we were busy with stuff other than partying and we got to do so many neat things. Our highlight was touring the ESPN compound and interviewing reporters Jamie Little & Shannon Spake, which will be posted here in the weeks to come.

The race itself was exciting and action packed. Or at least the Vodka we consumed kept it that way. We were in the pits at the end of the race when Kyle Busch took the lead from Tony Stewart and I believe every curse word came out of our mouths. We are still bitter over last weekends wreck in Louden between Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr since MTJ had a very strong chance of getting a top 10. Needless to say, our jaws dropped when the wreck took place between Kyle and Kasey (and I suppose Tony & a few others). Kyle had to walk right past us and let me tell you, the cameras didn't capture his anger. I was able to snap this photo, which still doesn't give it justice.

Add ImageIf you missed this race, you can view the results here or catch the replay, which will be shown on Speed, Wednesday, July 8th at Noon. I would like to congratulate Tony Stewart, who continues to impress me week after week. I can honestly say, I didn't think Stewart Haas Racing would be this successful in it's first year and I find myself becoming a fan of his organization. I also want to give a shout out to Regan Smith, who continued his running at the finish streak (now @ 51!) and went from a starting position of 43rd to finishing strong in 12th position.

The week was definitely full of Jeremy Mayfield drama, which I don't feel the need to get into at this time since it seemed everywhere we turned, that is all anyone wanted to speak of. I hope for both NASCAR and Jeremy Mayfields sake, something gets resolved sooner that later.

This race was a little different as we were minus one Fashionista for the big day. Ally was at the airport bar awaiting a flight to Dallas when she looked up and saw Patrick Dempsey aka Dr. McDreamy sitting 2 seats away from her. Patrick was in town for the Porche Brumos 250. Results from that race can be found here. Ally picked up the courage to go over and talk racing w/ the good Dr. and even got her photo taken with him. This single event brought courage to Darlynn, who decided to ask everyone she came come in contact w/ for a photo op, which can be seen here.



Runway Monday

We learned something valuable this weekend...you can wear cropped pants in the garage! So naturally, we had to do this weeks Runway Monday on this summers "it jeans", cropped Boyfriend jeans. It is sad that we have spent many years dying of heat in jeans during the months of July and August, to only find out this is acceptable at the track!

What we are lusting over