Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
So when I got the news that Food Network star, Guy Fieri (@ChefGuyFieri on Twitter), sponsored our good friend, Tommy Baldwin for the Brickyard this weekend, I could only think one thing....boy is Tommy lucky that Guy didn't sponsor his car in Daytona this summer. I may have received a restraining order.
Guy started his food career at age 10, selling soft pretzels known as the Awesome Pretzel. He sold them out of his 3 wheeled bicycle cart that he built with his father and saved up the money he made to study abroad in France for a year when he was 16. He is the host of Diners, Drive Ins and Dives and was the season two winner of The Next Food Network Star. He is a huge personality for the Food Network and is a big fan of NASCAR.
Guy's logo will be featured on the hood of the #36 TBR Camry driven by Mike Skinner this weekend. "I was Grand Marshall at Infineon Raceway and had an amazing time. When this opportunity came up, I jumped on it. NASCAR is an amazing way to promote my brand and I look forward to supporting Tommy's efforts to continue to build his organization. We all have to start somewhere and what Tommy has done this year, I really admire," said Guy.
This would be the fourth time this season I find myself writing (and a little jealous) about The Food Network and NASCAR. The first was when Guy visited The Chef Point Cafe with Diners Drive ins and Dives. The show premiered the weekend the boys were racing in Texas. Then, Tyler Florence had a cookout with Coca Cola in Charlotte. Next thing I know, Jamie Little appeared on The Iron Chef as a guest judge. Now TBR gets sponsored by Guy Fieri. Am I starting to see a common thread here? I have a great idea for a NASCAR/Food Network show if someone wants to give me a call!
Heading to the speedway this weekend for the Brickyard 400? Keep a look out for Hardee’s French Maid street team. This weekend, four gorgeous French Maids will be racing on Segways outside of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, passing out coupons, and introducing fans to the new Hardee’s French Dip Thickburger.
The Brickyard 400 is part of Hardee’s summer tour. Throughout July and August, the French Maids will be featherdusting fans at a variety of concerts, sporting events and festivals in 11 markets throughout the South and Midwest.
So, if you’re planning to attend the Brickyard 400, please take a minute to say “bonjour” to Sophie, Antoinette, Gabrielle and Isabelle, and get hooked up with free food from Hardee’s.
For more information on the new Thickburger, the tour, or for images of the Hardee’s French Maids, check out the website: www.frenchdiptour.com
Thursday, July 23, 2009
If you are at the Brickyard this weekend, you may want to think about getting to the track a little early and cheer on Earnhardt Ganassi Racing's Martin Truex Jr and Richard Childress Racing's Casey Mears as they face the members of the Indiana National Guard troops in a serious battle. No, we arent sending these boys out to find weapons of mass destruction, just some great Guitar Hero fun with these local heroes and their families.
Drivers to compete against America’s heroes and their families in Activision and Pro vs. GI Joe Showdown.Activision Publishing (www.activision.com) and Pro vs. GI Joe (www.provsgijoe.com) are hosting an online video game Showdown, an event to connect Indiana National Guard troops with NASCAR Drivers in a battle of Guitar Hero Smash Hits on Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
This is a fitting competition and hopes to bring some luck to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr., who will be in the No. 1 Guitar Hero Smash Hits Chevrolet Impala SS this weekend. The troops’ families will also be on-hand to meet the drivers, play Guitar Hero and video chat via web-cam with their loved ones abroad. This event will take place Friday morning at 10am at the Coca Zero Stage.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 14, 2009) - A piece of Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 Lowe's Impala SS from the upcoming Allstate 400 at the Brickyard will be made available through a special eBay auction with the funds benefiting the Jimmie Johnson Foundation.
What music have you recently put on your iPod?
What was the last movie you saw (theater or rented)?
What are your favorite TV shows?
What other sporting teams/events do you follow?
What is one personal item you can not live without?
What are your favorite places to visit?
Don’t laugh, but my favorite place to visit in-season is home…which is in North Carolina. That’s pretty sad, huh? It’s just such a great place to relax and hit the reset button during the crazy NASCAR season. In the off season, I like to visit my family in Roscoe (IL). My future in-laws live in Sydney, Australia. It's not the worst place to “have” to visit. This off season, Ryan and I are getting married in Maui and honeymooning in Fiji…you can add those two places to the list as well.
What is your favorite clothing brand?
What is your favorite book or publication?
What is your favorite activity to do in your off time?
What is your favorite cuisine?
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
One of the Fashionista's favorite driver in the Nationwide series Germain Racing’s Michael Annett was the highest finishing rookie candidate in Saturday’s Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 presented by Ventrilo at Gateway International Raceway, earning Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors.
Annett was 13th in both Nationwide Series practice sessions on Friday at Gateway, but the team had an unforeseen issue when they went out to qualify on Saturday afternoon, and the young driver started the race in 38th. Driving from the back of the pack to secure his second top-10 finish of the season, Annett finished the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 presented by Ventrilo in seventh as the highest finishing rookie and with the most green flag passes of any driver. This was Annett’s second seventh place finish of the 2009 Nationwide Series season, with the first being at Kentucky Speedway in June.
“It was a battle all night. We started 38th in the field, but it was great to see our No. 15 team never give up and just keep moving the car closer to the front,” said Annett. “We’ve struggled some this season, but we’ve been aiming for consistency. Earning this top-10 finish is definitely a good start to getting where we’d like to be.”
Annett was up 10 spots to 28th in the first five laps of the 200 lap race. The rookie drove his No. 15 Ventrilo Toyota Camry into the top-20 by lap 30 with lap times consistent with those of the top-eight drivers. Battling for the lucky dog pass, Annett earned the free pass for the fourth restart of the race on lap 95. Now on the lead lap, Annett was working his way from 17th into the top-15.
Only taking tires and gassing up on pit stops, the No. 15 Germain Racing pit crew encouraged Annett to conserve fuel during the last 75 laps, worried that with fuel they would be 3 laps short of making it all the way if the team didn’t make another stop.
The seventh yellow flag of the night was thrown on lap 176. Annett was 8th at the call of the caution, and under the direction of Crew Chief Mike Hillman Sr., the No. 15 came to pit road and opted to take only two right side tires and a fuel top-off.
Restarting in 6th with only 19 laps to go, Annett drove into the top-five and up to fourth on lap 183. In a strong battle against some of the top competitors in the series, Annett finished seventh in the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 presented by Ventrilo in the Ventrilo sponsored No. 15.
An excited Annett said, “We’re really happy with our seventh place finish tonight. I’m really proud of the entire No. 15 Germain Racing group and pleased with the calls Mike Hillman Sr. made on pit road, especially with the two tire stop at the end that put us in position for the last 15 lap run. I’m happy that we were able to earn a top-10 finish with the folks from Ventrilo there to see it.”
Annett heads to O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Indiana this week, up one spot in driver points to 14th. The No. 15 Germain Racing team will compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kroger 200 at O’Reilly Raceway Park on Saturday. Live TV and radio coverage of the event starts at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN and MRN Radio.
For more information on Michael Annett, please visit http://www.michaelannett.com/ and http://www.germainracing.com/.