Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:30 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2012 3:07 pm

San Diego TV anchor slams Danica Patrick

By Pete Pistone

Forget Ron Burgundy in the movie "Anchorman." San Diego now has a real life television reporter bringing embarrassment to the city.

USA Today reports Fox 5 San Diego's Ross Shimabuku slammed Danica Patrick last week stopping just short of calling her - well a word also meaning female dog.

Shimabuku started his sportscast last Monday calling Patrick a "pretty girl" who makes a lot of "money in sponsorships because of it. But what's not attractive is that she's sexy and she knows it."

The report then cut to a video of Patrick's appearance at NASCAR media day and her discussion of how the media always describe female athletes such as herself as "sexy."

"Is there any other word that you can use to describe me?" she asks, while a Fox headline underneath reads: "Danica Patrick. I'm sexy and I know it!"

Shimabuku returns on camera to say "Oh, I've got a few words… Starts with a 'B', and it's not 'beautiful."

The sports anchor closes by saying Patrick "always has a chip on her shoulder, trying to prove something."

No word yet on whether Shimabuku also plays Jazz Flute like Burgundy. 

Daytona Speedweeks

Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:12 am
Edited on: February 27, 2012 10:52 am

NASCAR hopes for Monday 7 p.m. Daytona start

By Pete Pistone

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The National Weather Service is predicting more rain for the Daytona area on Monday, which will hamper NASCAR's plans to run the postponed Daytona 500.

A 90 percent chance of rain and thunder showers is in the forecast until 6 p.m. this evening before the percentage drops to 30 percent tonight.

NASCAR president Mike Helton announced the sanctioning body has made the decision to push the hoped for 12 Noon ET start back to 7 p.m. Monday evening.

"Through the evening and as we collaborated this morning with all the stakeholders, (Daytona president) Joie (Chitwood) from the racetrack, weather experts and other industry folks, including the broadcast partners and other representatives, based on the weather forecast that everybody has convinced us of from here through mid-afternoon, 60, 70, 80 percent chances of rain, we're going to wait in announcing right now that the effort to run the Daytona is now shifting from noon until 7:00 p.m. this afternoon," said Helton.  "So we hope to have "lady and gentlemen, start your engines," at 7:02 and then warm up and go to green flag."

The unprecedented rain out the 500 for the first time in 34 years has thrown a monkey wrench into the start of the NASCAR season. In addition to the disappointment of having the first race of the year washed out - and the most prestigious - logistics of the Sprint Cup schedule are also a factior.

The series is slated to compete at Phoenix International Raceway next weekend making turnaround from a Monday - or possibly Tuesday race - difficult.

Daytona Speedweeks

Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: February 26, 2012 7:01 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2012 7:16 pm

Rain not typically an issue at Daytona 500

Posted by Brian De Los Santos

Rain shortened the 2003 Daytona 500 -- won by Michael Waltrip -- to 109 laps (272.5 miles) (Getty Images)

The Daytona 500 has been very fortunate when it comes to Mother Nature. Only nine times in it's 54-year history has rain impacted "The Great American Race." It's only been rain-shortened four times and had never been postponed until this year.

1963 -- First 10 laps run under yellow due to rain

1965 -- Rain-shortened to 133 laps (332.5 miles)

1966 -- Rain-shortened to 198 laps (495 miles)

1979 -- First 16 laps run under yellow due to rain

1992 -- Laps 84-89 run under yellow due to rain on backstretch

1995 -- Red flag on lap 71 due to rain. Red flag lasted 1:44

2003 -- Two red flags for rain. 1st: lap 63; 1:08. Rain-shortened to 109 laps (272.5 miles)

2009 -- Rain-shortened to 152 laps (380 miles)

2012 -- Race postponed from Feb. 26 to Feb. 27 because of rain

Daytona Speedweeks

Category: Auto Racing
Tags: Daytona 500
Posted on: February 26, 2012 6:37 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2012 6:44 pm

Drivers anxious, but don't see delay as big deal

Posted by Brian De Los Santos

It was a soggy day at Daytona International Speedway. (Getty Images)

NASCAR wanted desperately to be able to run the Daytona 500 on Sunday, but the weather would not cooperate, forcing the first postponement in the race's history. Drivers and crew chiefs were in some disagreement about how much the rain will ultimately impact the race when it does get under way.

On postponement

Carl Edwards: “Well, this is one of the toughest things for us drivers and you guys are living it as well. You planned on getting this race in and writing the stories and covering the event. When you put that off for another day, for all of us it is now who can really stay focused. That is not just the drivers; it is the pit crews, crew chiefs and everyone, including the officials. I think we will be just fine. Someone told me this was the first time it was postponed. A couple years ago I remember it was late or something. I think that is a pretty good record for NASCAR. They have been living right to have 53 of these and never have one of them postponed. That is pretty spectacular. We will come race tomorrow and I think everyone is really excited about this race. All the drivers I have spoken with and all the fans. This is going to be a very good Daytona 500 and I think NASCAR is doing the right thing in not dragging this out. Everybody knows we will be racing tomorrow during the day, it will be a good event and hopefully the weather will hold off and we aren’t in the same position tomorrow.”

Greg Biffle: "I just tweeted that I guess I’m gonna have to win the first Monday Daytona 500. As you can tell, I’m still in my uniform because I was optimistic that this weather was gonna get out of here and we were gonna get this thing going, but I’ll just have to save my energy for tomorrow. I got all of the hard work done today. I did all the hospitality and that stuff, so I’m ready to go. I just can’t wait. I guess I’ll have to wait until 12 o’clock tomorrow and take that green flag. I’m just excited. I’m still on the front row. Hopefully, the weather is better tomorrow. I know a lot of race fans are disappointed and a lot of people at home on TV, but we just hope they tune in tomorrow. It’ll be a great race.”

Dave Rogers (Kyle Busch's crew chief): "This has proved to be a historic event -- 54 years and the first time the Daytona 500 has ever been rained out. Everyone wishes we could have raced today. It's an exciting day to be down here in Daytona. The first race of the year and we were real excited to get on the race track and see how strong our Toyota Camry is -- obviously want to duplicate our performance from the Shootout last Saturday, but we're going to have to wait another day. Tomorrow's looking pretty bad too -- 80 percent chance of thunderstorms and then as a race team you start to think about the logistics. Phoenix is next week -- it's a long trip for these transport drivers. If it gets delayed too long, it could have consequences that bleed over into next week's event. Hopefully, Mother Nature will cooperate and we'll get the Daytona 500 in tomorrow afternoon."

How will the rain effect the track?

Carl Edwards: “The only thing is that the rain will make the track a little more abrasive to start. I think NASCAR will have a competition caution and we will get to look at the tires. We didn’t see any trouble in the Gatorade race, the shootout, that is something you worry about at these places because of the speeds. If you get the camber wrong, we have had trouble at these places because too much camber heats up that outside edge of the tire sometimes even on the straightaway. I don’t think anyone will have an issue though.”

Greg Biffle: “I think this race track, because of the grip and the downforce the race cars have, I think that you won’t see a big difference with the track rubbering up. The speeds will be a little bit faster because the track will be green, but I think for that first run the track is gonna get some rubber on it. NASCAR will probably do a competition caution just to make sure that everything is going OK – probably lap 30 or 25 – so I think it’ll be OK. It’ll just be fast at 12 when we start, but then it’ll be the same game after the first pit stop.”

Joey Logano: "It's not going to change the track that much. It's not a big handling race track, so it shouldn't change much. Just another day to be thinking about it -- another day to be getting ready. Go to sleep and go at it again tomorrow at noon."

Dave Rogers (Kyle Busch's crew chief): "It certainly will, but this track still has a lot of grip in it. The pavement is still fresh. I would be more concerned at other tracks than I am here at Daytona. There's definitely some things you have to think about. You can't really do anything about it, but the cooling. We were all excited to race on a cooler day -- low 60s. That means we can get a little more aggressive,we can push on people a little bit more and not have to worry about that water temp as much. If we end up racing in 70, 75, 80 degree weather then obviously the drivers aren't going to be able to push as hard and you're going to have some affects there. The weather is definitely going to affect the way the race plays out, but at this point, as a crew chief there's not much you can do because you can't work on the cars at all. We just have to stay here and play it out."

Jason Ratcliff (Joey Logano's crew chief): "It does a little bit. Obviously, with the new surface -- the tire is pretty durable here. Goodyear brought a tire that's really durable because the surface is so new. I don't think it's going to show up as much as maybe another race track that had an older, abrasive surface. It's going to be much cooler outside -- the track is going to be green. It could change dramatically until we get some rubber back on the track. Then as the temperatures start dropping, we may see something that is more similar to what we saw in the Shootout than what we saw in the 150s."

Brian Pattie (Clint Bowyer's crew chief): "I don't know that it changes much here. If we were at an intermediate track, it would probably change the setup somewhat, but we're so wide open here. It actually gains grip, so it wouldn't be a bad thing for us. Definitely cooler weather would help our Toyota run better, I think. I don't know if I would change anything."

Daytona Speedweeks

Posted on: February 26, 2012 5:25 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2012 7:17 pm

Rain postpones Daytona 500 until Monday

By Pete Pistone

  Cars Sit Covered On The Grid
(Mother Nature had other plans on Sunday and the Daytona 500 was postponed until Monday afternoon - Getty)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - For the first time in its 54 year history the Daytona 500 has been rained out.

Showers hit the track just before the schedule 1 p.m. ET start of Sunday's race and despite several attempts by NASCAR to dry the track the rain returned at 5 p.m. and NASCAR officially pulled the plug.

The race will now be run at 12 Noon ET on Monday. However, the weather forecast for Monday is not very promising, with a 70 percent chance of rain predicted.

If rain interferes again on Monday, NASCAR would most likely try to run the race early on Tuesday morning.

The schedule will be a difficult one for teams now with the postponement as the Sprint Cup Series heads to Phoenix International Raceway next weekend.

But other than being somewhat bored waiting around all day, most drivers don't think the delay will be much of an impact once the race begins.

“I don’t know.  I just tweeted that I guess I’m gonna have to win the first Monday Daytona 500," said outside front row sitter Greg Biffle.  "As you can tell, I’m still in my uniform because I was optimistic that this weather was gonna get out of here and we were gonna get this thing going, but I’ll just have to save my energy for tomorrow."

Despite the rain washing off all of the rubber laid down on track from the days of racing leading up to Sunday, there doesn't seem to be any concern in the garage area.

NASCAR and Daytona officials did what they could to keep the race on schedule but simply could no lomgr fight Mother Nature.

"We hate it for our fans," said Daytona president Joie Chitwood III. "It's hard to believe we've been so fortunate over the years to not have this race ever postponed by rain and our luck just ran out today. "NASCAR did as much as they could and we had extra jet dryers from other tracks around the country here this weekend to help us with a situation like this one but at the end of the day there was just too much weather ahead of us to get the race in today."

Although the Tuesday back-up plan exists, Chitwood is focused on trying to get the race in on Monday.

"It's tough to even talk Tuesday until we get into tomorrow," he said.  "I think the plan with a noon start, I think there is inclement weather in the a.m., but by noon, it looks like the weather is better.  We'll play it out best we can.

No different than what we did today.  We'll wait till the last possible minute that we would not run the race.  We want to exhaust every opportunity of getting the track dry and running the race.  I would anticipate 5:00, 6:00, if there was rain on the track, you will see us play out some decisions.  I don't even want to talk about Tuesday right now."

Chitwood understands the Monday date means some fans will not be able to return to the track with work or other responsibilities. Although he's not sure just how many will come back, he assured those that do the track will be ready to accomodate.

"That's a great question," he said.  "We don't really know.  For us, we have to staff and be prepared that we're going to have a lot of folks show up.  The last thing I would want to do is be understaffed, have a lot of folks show up and we can't take care of them properly.  We have to be prepared most of them are going to show up.

"Whether it's the buses that we use to get people here from lot 7 and lot 10, ushers, gates, ticket takers.  The last half hour I was meeting with my team to make sure what areas we're covered, and what support we might need to so that we're fully staffed to handle that crowd.  That's the key.  It's not how many show back up, it's that we can handle those that do and they have a good experience."

Everyone is hopeful the weather cooperates as soon as possible.

"I will stay here all week to have a shot at taking that trophy home,” Jimmie Johnson said. “We will just play it by ear. One thing about this track that is nice is even if it does rain, a green race track isn’t a problem here.

“We don’t have a lot to worry about from a handling perspective or a safety perspective, wearing a right front out or anything like that.”

Daytona Speedweeks

Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:44 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2012 6:53 pm
Category: Auto Racing
Tags: chat, Daytona 500
Posted on: February 26, 2012 6:43 am
Edited on: February 26, 2012 9:39 am

RaceDay: Daytona Pre-race chatter

Keep it here for updating news, notes and other nuggets ahead of today's race.

Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: February 25, 2012 4:39 pm

Video: Buescher wins as leaders wreck on last lap

Posted by Brian De Los Santos

What had been a relatively tame Nationwide Series opener at Daytona, got rather wild over the final 20 laps.

Noted previously was a 14-car wreck on Lap 105. But it didn't end there. Another multi-car wreck ensued on Lap 115, setting up a two-lap sprint to the finish. But the icing on the cake came on the final lap when the leaders wrecked as Tony Stewart and Elliott Sadler tried to draft around the outside of the tandems of Kyle Busch-Kurt Busch and Joey Logano-Trevor Bayne.

Unfortunately, the tandems got together coming around the final turn, gifting the victory to James Buescher, who collected his first win in 35 Nationwide Series starts.

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