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Out of the Tunnel 89

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A day late is better than never – so this week Adam and I talk about the race from Yankee land…. reason #5432 that JoLo is a tool and more.

Plus, as always, what’s up our butts!

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Out of the Tunnel 88

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This week Adam and I talked about our glorious 4th of July celebrations.

We recap the shorter race from Daytona, the new non-union Owner’s union, JPM’s win at Pocono and angry Lord of the Rings fans.

Plus – what’s up our butts

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Out of the Tunnel Podcast 87

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Adam and I are back!

Since there was no show last week, we recapped Sonoma… and then Adam told us about his trip to Kentucky.

JoLo woes and Brad was the best thing since sliced hands.

I play a clip from our friends at The Gary and Dino Show doing an impression of me….  does it sound anything like me?

all that, and more… plus, as always – what’s up our butts!

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Grand Prix of Houston, Race 2 Sunday

Takuma Sato looked for better results than Day 1

Takuma Sato looked for better results than Day 1

Mike Conway had his hand bandaged after his shunt into the tires Saturday

Mike Conway had his hand bandaged after his shunt into the tires Saturday

Jack Hawksworth prepares for Sunday qualifying

Jack Hawksworth prepares for Sunday qualifying

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Tires were a major story all weekend.

Tires were a major story all weekend.

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Castroneves jumped to the lead early Sunday

Castroneves jumped to the lead early Sunday

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Notice the front wing damage on Bourdais car after Helio tried to block him. Castroneves was out on the spot.

Notice the front wing damage on Bourdais car after Helio tried to block him. Castroneves was out on the spot.

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Marco Andrettis rear cover shows the signs of hard racing.

Marco Andrettis rear cover shows the signs of hard racing.

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Any one read Russian?

Any one read Russian?

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Weekend winners Huertas and Pagenaud

Weekend winners Huertas and Pagenaud

What’s Up At Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing?

Credit Boyd Adams Photos

Credit Boyd Adams Photos

After the first day of practice for the Grand Prix of Houston, the time sheet looked quite odd for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.  In his first race with the team, Italian road and street course ace Luca Filippi was 4th in combined practice times while Graham Rahal found himself in 14th.  A 14th for Rahal is not terrible, but it begs the question…what’s up over there?

Rahal has struggled since joining his fathers team.  For 2013 Rahal recorded only 5 top 10 finishes, led only 6 laps, and finished 18th in points.  Rahal has not recorded a pole since 2009 and hasn’t won a race, his only win so far, since 2008 despite spending 2 years with Chip Ganassi Racing’s satellite team.  In his whole career he has only led 122 laps going back to 2007 when he raced his first season in Champ Car.

The #15 seat itself was less than successful prior to Rahal’s arrival as well.  Despite flashes of speed and almost winning the 2012 Indianapolis 500, Takuma Sato only recorded 5 top 10 finishes in his only season with RLLR.  However, Sato did lead 76 laps, 31 coming at the 500.

RLLR added a second full-time team for the 2013 season, the #16, with James Jakes.  Jakes surprised many with a hand-full of strong runs, especially at Belle Isle, recording 3 top 10 finishes despite the lack of speed RLLR had shown.  On the practice sheets, the little known Jakes often outpaced Graham.

The #16 has ran in 4 races this year prior to Filippi’s arrival with Oriol Servia.  Servia is known as being a very fast and consistent driver.  However, Servia only recorded 1 top 10 in those 4 starts and an 11th at the Indy 500.  Servia finished ahead of Graham in all but one race, Barber, where Rahal finished 17th and Servia 20th.  Despite not having great results, Servia has been stronger in his races than Rahal.

The prior results could’ve been attributed to not having a large budget, but RLLR secured the lucrative National Guard sponsorship contract.  The sponsorship is one of the largest in the paddock.  It sustained Panther Racing for many years, and they closed shop after losing the contract this year.  Many thought this could be the catalyst to propel RLLR and Rahal to success and stardom, but halfway through the season it hasn’t helped at all.

So, neither the #15 or #16 have ran very well, and Graham has often times been outpaced by both speed in practice and finish wise by teammates.  Despite Rahal switching engineers and making other personnel changes, the results are just not there.  Who do you point the finger at…Graham or the team?  Who is the weak link in this equation?  Graham didn’t live up to expectations while driving in the best equipment in the paddock at Ganassi, but the RLLR team cars haven’t been a factor no matter who has been behind the wheel.

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Ed Carpenter, You Betta Work B*tch

Ed Carpenter, “…you wanna live fancy, you wanna big mansion, party in France…you better work bitch…now get to work bitch…bring it on, ring the alarm, don’t stop now just be the champion, work it hard like it’s your profession…”.

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Credit Boyd Adams Photos

Ok, not that Ed Carpenter is a bitch, but I think Ms. Britney Spears has it right.  You want greatness, you better work, it IS your profession to race and win.

During the first practice, Ed Carpenter was interviewed lamenting that the condensed 2014 schedule is tough, and it is hard to keep the crew excited about their jobs.  He went on to comment that it is hard on the crew guys that go fairly extended periods of time without seeing their families, as well as questioned the choice of possible international races in places like the Middle East because it doesn’t benefit a sponsor like his, Fuzzy’s Vodka (click here for the Open Wheel Now article with further detail).

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Credit BreatheHeavy.com

Carpenter has a point.  Yes, a condensed schedule keeps everyone very busy during the racing season.  He also has valid points regarding the long-offseason making it hard to retain employees, and the non-value-add for his sponsor for racing overseas.  That all makes sense.  But, I’d like to say this to Ed:   You’re an IndyCar team owner and driver.  You have a job that thousands of people aspire to have.  You have started on the pole of the Indy 500.  Your team has won 2 races already this year in 2 different disciplines.  If you want success, if you want to win championships and races, it comes with sacrifice.  You have to work hard for the success your team is having.  Instead of complaining about it, look at it as your team working out, getting stronger, becoming more mentally tough.  If you’re going through hell, keep going.  And as the Holy Spearit commands, work bitch.

@therossbynum