Helio Castroneves won last night’s IZOD IndyCar Series race, the Kentucky Indy 300, at Kentucky Speedway. I only saw Helio in Victory Lane because I was watching the NASCAR Nationwide Series race and it’s extra long post-race coverage.
At any rate, the thing that stuck out the most to me was of course Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens hamming it up in Victory Lane with Helio. You’d think they’d known each other forever. Terrell was taking up so much time the Versus crew had to wait to get their interview with Helio.
Terrell got to take a lap around the track with Arie Luyendyk during the pre-race pace laps in a special 2-seater IndyCar. Photos of TO enjoying his time at the race are below.
It seems that there was some drama this weekend involving Bryan Herta Autosport and their Firestone Indy Lights driver Sebastian Saavedra. Sebastian qualified the No. 29 William Rast car for the Indy Lights race this weekend at Kentucky, but on Friday night Bryan Herta was informed that his driver wasn’t his driver anymore.
“Sebastian Saavedra’s father informed me last night that Sebastian has decided not to participate in today’s race,” Herta said. “This turn of events has come to me, our sponsor and our entire race team as quite a surprise. Needless to say I am deeply disappointed.”
So they had to pull in a driver to take Sebastian’s place and were able to get Daniel Herrington.
Sebastian took to Twitter to explain things, sort of:
“I will not be racing for the rest of the season with Bryan Herta Autosport. It was a tough decision but it’s made. After the last races, things haven’t gone the way they should. And at last my managers and main sponsor made the decision to stop to not continue harming my racing career and name. I’m frustrated and sad to break the news but that’s it. I’m very thankful to all my mechanics, and engineers. Unfortunately, things did not work contract wise but I will still be working hard to bring my countries name high.”
Anyway, I have a solution for all of this. Bryan Herta should give Richard Antinucci a call and get him in the No. 29 William Rast car. It’s perfect. Richard is a great driver, he’s won in the Firestone Indy Lights Series and he’d look super hot in William Rast clothes.
It’s perfect. I spoke to Richard at Infineon last month and he told me he was there to get face time with team owners and let everyone know he was available and wanted to race. I seriously surprised myself in going up to him to talk to him. I don’t know if I’ve ever spoken to someone that dreamy before. I’m including his picture here to remind you.
The eventual winner of the Drive Smart, Buckle Up Kentucky 100 that Sebastian Saavedra missed out on was Pippa Mann. She’s the second woman to win in the Indy Lights Series (the first was Ana Beatriz) and she’s proof that there are OTHER FEMALE DRIVERS besides Danica Patrick that can win races. Again, I seriously have nothing against Danica it’s just that the focus on her is so intense that nobody is looking at the other tons of women that are in racing these days and are doing well. Basically, there are other female drivers for the media to exploit, not just her. haha. I’m kidding.
Pippa Mann celebrates her victory in the Drive Smart, Buckle Up Kentucky 100 Firestone Indy Lights race at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, September 4, 2010
Terrell Owens tweets before he takes his lap around the track
Terrell Owens celebrates in Victory Lane with Helio Castroneves
Terrell Owens takes photos in Victory Lane, while Helio Castroneves celebrates his win.
Graham Rahal and his girlfriend