Saturday, October 10, 2009

Happy Happy Hour

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, this weekends Happy Hour features a Pink Martini, recipe credits to Hostess with the Mostess. You can follow along with Happy Hour here, which kicks off at 2:45 and is televised at 3pm.

PS, click on the Martini image above to be taken to our "Pinktini" store. A portion of the proceeds made will directly benefit Volusia/Flagler Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

PINK MARTINI

Ingredients:
2 oz good-quality gin
½ oz guava nectar
½ oz fresh orange juice
orange twist (for garnish)

Directions:
Shake the liquid ingredients vigorously with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Run the orange peel around the rim, twist it over the drink, and drop.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Jamie France makes Jeremy Mayfield anctics look like Kindercare.

So I sat on this for a couple of minutes. Being from Daytona, and living on said street of incident for about 12 years, and then seeing it on TMZ...I really have to do this.

I must start by stating that we have the utmost respect for the Frances...Betty Jane and I talk about reality shows whenever I see her, Mr France's funeral had more dignitaries than an inauguration. They are a stand up family that we owe everything to about this sport. But a black sheep is a black sheep. I am not speculating that Bill France's grandson Jamie France (aka JC) is a class a jerk-a-saurus, he used to be married to a girl I know. I have a clear, never to forget memory of us being backstage at a radio festival in Orlando and he was screaming at her and belittling her...quite the guy, huh. And look how hot he is!!As luck would have it, I don't have the pleasure of knowing Grand-Am driver Jamie France's humble half-brother Russell Van Richmond. Both men were both arrested last night for racing each other over the Seabreeze Bridge in Daytona Beach as well as both charged with DUI and possession of crack cocaine.

Some quotes from the half brother Russell Van Richmond who is apparently very important in our town (we have never heard of him):

"I want your commander now. I am a France. Do you know what that means? We own this city."

"Oh no you're not. Do you know who I am?"

"I am a France" and, "We own this city."

"Do you know who I am? You are done,"

"I am gonna have your job. This is the biggest mistake ever. You are so done in Daytona."

and the best one??

"Oh, (expletive deleted)" - was uttered after the officer rifled through his pants pockets and also found a plastic bag with cocaine in it, the report shows according to the Daytona Beach News Journal.

In other lands of brilliance, a woman riding in the front seat with Richmond - who said she hardly knew him - told police, "He (Richmond) was going so fast, I put my seat belt on," the report states. You are so smart, punkin!

These are two grown "living the dream" men in their forties who were so wasted shortly after midnight that if you or I were driving- we would be victims of circumstance of their juvenile stunt . I guess that is what makes me so angry. Both men posted bail today

Bad couple of months for JC, who just lost his dog. How did his dog die?? He decided to go to Hyde Park in Daytona and leave his car running in the valet while he went and dined. Dont worry, the air was on full blast...until the poor baby switched it to heat and died from the temperature.

And you thought Daytona made news just for the race!!

Somewhere on ISB, there will be Bloody Mary Specials

Well, this is guess this is really gonna alter our plans. The Daytona International Speedway announced today an earlier starting time for 2010. The Daytona 500 this February will start at a oh my goodness that is early 1pm. Now, back in the day when I was a little fashionista I remember that Uncle Pete and my mother would get up at the crack of dawn and off they would go. One of his major complaints was that the race gets over too darn late. Well, the gods must be listening! The scheduled start time for the 52nd annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 14, the prestigious season opener to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will be at 1 p.m. ET. The starting time for the 2010 Daytona 500 is the earliest since the 2003 Daytona 500 and it’s 2 ½ hours earlier than the 2009 Daytona 500.

"An earlier starting time for the Daytona 500 is great news for our race fans,” Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. “In recent years, race fans made their desire very clear for an earlier starting time and with the help of our partners in the sport at NASCAR and FOX Sports, we’re proud to deliver an earlier starting time for the 2010 Daytona 500.”

"Earlier and more consistent start times is another important issue to the core NASCAR fans and we were determined to make the change this year beginning with the Daytona 500," said NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France. "I appreciate the input and cooperation on behalf of Daytona International Speedway and FOX Sports to make this happen."

“The Daytona 500 is the premier event in all of auto racing and after listening to the NASCAR fans, we are excited about the new earlier start time,” said FOX Sports Chairman David Hill. “There is nothing like the energy and excitement of starting the season with the best drivers in the world competing on this extraordinary and historic track. We are counting down the days until February 14.”

The Daytona 500 is NASCAR’s signature event and is the biggest, richest and most prestigious stock car race in the world.

Since the inaugural Daytona 500 back in 1959 when it took 61 hours to determine Lee Petty won by two feet, “The Great American Race” is steep in history with a list of legendary winners that includes seven-time champion Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Allison, David Pearson, A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti and the late Dale Earnhardt.

“The Great American Race” has experienced its share of great finishes such as the iconic finish of the 1976 Daytona 500 when Petty and Pearson crashed coming out of Turn 4, the famous fight between the Allisons and Yarborough and Dale Earnhardt’s emotional victory in 1998 Daytona 500 on his 20th attempt.

Tickets for the 52nd annual Daytona 500, which start at $55, as well as other Speedweeks 2010 events are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Now the real question is...where are we gonna get our drink on, pre-race??

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Ladies, Ladies, Ladies.....

SO, our favorite shirtless NASCAR driver, Carl Edwards, is not only gonna appear in ESPN The Body's magazine...but girls, HE IS OUR COVER BOY!!!!

Drum roll please.....presenting the cover of ESPN The Body Issue (also my new desktop image):

NASCAR star Carl Edwards is one of six cover athletes who will appear on ESPN The Magazine’s cover for its inaugural "Body Issue". The Body Issue, on newsstands Friday, Oct. 9, will feature nearly 80 athletes from a variety of sports in a celebration and exploration of the athletic form. The issue honors athletes of diverse shapes, sizes, genders and races within the boundaries of taste and frontiers of creativity upon which ESPN The Magazine and ESPN have built their reputations. It is a testament to the work the athletes do, the effort they exert and the price they sometimes pay in reliance on their most important asset – their bodies.

Special Delivery, Brienne Pedigo has Baby Boy!


Brienne Pedigo, pit reporter for ESPN on ABC’s coverage of the IndyCar Series, and her husband, actor Tyler Christopher of ABC’s General Hospital, welcomed their new baby boy on Saturday, October 3. Greyson James Christopher was born at 2:57 a.m. and weighed in at 7 lb. 11 oz.

Back in June, we reported that Brienne designed a mama to be friendly firesuit and you can read about it here!

Congrats Brienne and Tyler. We can't wait to see pics of Greyson.

When worlds collide...love it!


Awww....the new Melrose Place and the Nationwide Race in the same sentence.... we must be in California!! The Nationwide race will be that much more interesting this week, when driver Stanton Barrett will pilot the #31 car with a new sponsor-Bantam Books "Family Affair", a new book by Caprice Crane who is a writer for the brand new series Melrose Place that airs Tuesdays on the CW. She is also the daughter of Tina Louise who is better known as Ginger on Gilligans Island to you and me. You can follow Caprice on twitter @capricecrane & purchase her book here.

Sean Spiros who plays David on the new Melrose Place and is ridculous hot will be an honorary member of the #31 race team. If the words, just stand there and look pretty mean anything to you...I think he will do JUST fine. This race just got a whole lot less boring, hee hee!

Comments from Stanton Barrett,

“I am excited to have this opportunity with publisher Bantam Books having Family Affair as one of our sponsors. It is very exciting to share three things I love and have a passion for – the movie business, great creative novels and auto racing. For the first time in my career, I have the opportunity to run a sponsorship from someone who is part of the film industry, which I have worked in for over 22 years.

“Recently, it feels like my life reads like a novel. I raced in Japan a few weeks ago in IndyCar, and now I’m back with the Nationwide car preparing for California. Right now, it seems like every day is something new – a new page. I’m working on preparing for next season and pulling some stuff together. It’s great to have support from my friends in Hollywood.

“I can’t wait to get back in the car at the Fontana race. And it’s going to be cool to have Shaun Sipos attend and have a little bit of Hollywood there at the track with me.”


Wanna appear in a Music Video?


If you are going to be at the Pepsi 500 in Fontana this weekend, you may have the opportunity to appear in a music video for Foreigner!! Foreigner is shooting a video for "Can't Slow Down" on Sunday, October 11. If you want to take part of the taping, find your way to the main stage in the Opportunity, California FanZone at 10:15am

This may have to be one of the coolest NASCAR promos I have ever seen. We were present in 2003 when Rascal Flatts filmed the concert special "Melt on the Beach". We watched from afar, well honestly from the second story of a bar, while all the crazy Spring Breakers went gaga. I would love to be a fly on the wall this weekend at this shoot.

This isn't the first time Foreigner has appeared at a NASCAR track this season. They were the pre-race entertainment in April's Texas race and are scheduled to appear at other tracks throughout the 2010 season. We're feeling a Little Hot Blooded.

If you want more information on appearing in the music video, click here to be taken to the Auto Club Speedways press release.

NASCAR Hollywood style

I always love when the boys go to Fontana. It always leaves room for plenty of off track stuff to talk about pre and post race.

If you haven't heard, there are quite a few famous faces appearing at The Pepsi 500 on Sunday. Not only is Foreigner filming a live music video but the Honorary Starters are...........
Honorary Starter: Audrina Partridge
Pace Car Driver: Christian Slater
National Anthem: Jessie McCartney
Grand Marshall: Kelsey Grammer

Um, really?? Audrina Partridge? For those who don't watch Mtv, Audrina is a star on their "reality show" The Hills which is the same show that brought us Speidi. I am at a loss on this.

Meanwhile, The Copart 300 Honorary Starter is Kelly Osbourne.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Brian Vickers TY KU Sake appearance

Are you going to be in California this week? If so, go say hello to Brian Vickers at BevMo in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, for an exclusive signing from 4pm to 5pm.
TY KU is a Premium Asian Wine & Spirits Company whose portfolio is based on the premise that ingredients matter, striving to create a wiser way to drink for consumers who care about what they put in their bodies. Combining premium all natural ingredients, age-old distillation/brewing techniques, tailored modern flavor profiles and award winning packaging, TY KU blends Eastern tradition and Western ingenuity, embracing the company’s Mantra of “Respect Tradition, Embrace Tomorrow.”

Shannon Spakes Baby Bump!

As we have already mentioned, ESPN pit reporter Shannon Spake is expecting twin boys in January! Shannon along with ESPN have created a two piece expandable firesuit. Here is a picture of Shannon in her custom firesuit at this weekends race in Kansas. She looks fantastic!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Kansas Notes from the Track

First Artifact Comes From Daytona for
NASCAR Hall of Fame
One of four Unocal 76 balls that were used starting in 1969 as spotter balls in Daytona was moved into its new home this week, the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC. Being a Daytonaian, I think its gonna ping my heart each time they move something AWAY from this area to put in its new home....in Charlotte. Sigh. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is scheduled to open in May 2010.

Carl Edwards...a free man! Off crutches that is...
Carl Edwards is hoping to ditch the crutches he's been using in the next couple days. Breaking his right foot in September during a game of...um...frisbee...looks like he will be gimpy no more very soon. "Just one more week on the crutches, and, trust me, I can't wait," Edwards said. "That's fine. It's not a factor in the car, just getting around." I have a feeling he will need his legs to be strong to run away from screaming fans once this ESPN the Magazine cover hits stands on Friday.

Drivers to play in game show, Are you smarter than a 5th grader?
Michael Waltrip, David Ragan (pictured above with Foxworthy), Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin will all compete in Jeff Foxworthy's game show, that is now in five day a week syndication on MyNetwork TV. Michael and David will compete on back to back episodes this Tuesday. Check your local listings.
On October 26th NASCAR week kicks off on the new nationally syndicated "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?" Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, and Denny Hamlin are among the contestants will put their knowledge to the test and play for their favorite charities. Check your local listings for exact air time.

Looking forward to California...Racefest on Thursday
Racing fans can get a free pre-race sneak peak at NASCAR excitement during the popular Racefest event which will be held on Thursday, Oct. 8 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.
Several NASCAR personalities are scheduled to be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs, including Marcos Ambrose, Greg Biffle, Clint Boyer, Jeff Burton, Brendan Gaughan, Sam Hornish Jr., Kasey Kahne, Jason Keller, Joey Logano, Mark Martin, Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears, Scott Speed, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Brian Vickers, Steve Wallace, and Michael Waltrip, Jeff Gordon and crew chief Steve Latarte.
For more information about the Racefest or to purchase tickets to the Pepsi 500, call (800) 944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com/racefest.

Enjoy the Race!!

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