This week – Q4G’s resident straight guy, Jeff Wolf, talks about the ESPN Body Issue, the upcoming Indy and Truck races in Las Vegas and some updates from the Drag Strip.
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The ESPN Body Issue
Each year I look forward to “The Body Issue” of ESPN the Magazine.
The bodies amaze me.
I’m envious of the male bods that look nothing like I’ve seen in the mirror during 58 years of showers.
I’m envious of the female bodies that are like nothing I’ve ever seen live in the flesh except for one foray into a Phoenix strip club about 20 years ago.
It was with great trepidation when I took a quick scan of this year’s edition when it arrived in my mailbox this week.
I noticed that one of the featured athletes’ last name was Force.
I was appalled. How could semiretired Funny Car driver Ashley Force Hood pose nude? Or one of her racing sisters, Brittany or Courtney?
Either of whom, I’m sure, would have been worthy of such exposure but they would never consider doing it.
Having known them since they were little kids I couldn’t have looked anyway. It would have been like seeing my niece naked.
A quick glance at the skin-only Force revealed it as John. That, also, was a bit disconcerting.
But there he was in all his glory, only his racing helmet covering his most private part.
Instead of a driving firesuit, big (we assume) John was there in his birthday suit.
His two-page spread (poor word choice) highlighted how his body has recovered from a near fatal drag racing crash four years ago.
Force devoted months to physical rehabilitation and changed his life away from the track to include daily workout regiments and the photo shows that.
He looks good for a 62-year-old who guzzled as much beer as his Nitro Funny Car guzzled nitromethane for most of his adult life until he quit drinking after the crash near Dallas.
One revelation was that Force doesn’t have tattoos on his chest of logos for sponsors Ford, Castrol, AAA and Brand Source.
The most prolific sponsor promoter in sports might consider adding that ink to get in next year’s “Body” edition.
Another racer featured is IndyCar star Helio Castoneves. The petite Brazilian is swinging in a tire dangling from a tree. To his disgrace it is a narrow tire that, again, hides his manly shaft. It would have been better for his stature for the tire to have been one of the wide ones used on his IndyCar.
MEET THE DRIVERS
Danica Patrick opens her last week racing full-time in the IndyCar Series on Wednesday with two public appearance in preparation for the Oct. 16 IZOD IndyCar World Championships at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Fans can meet Patrick 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday at the 7-Eleven convenience store at 1100 Las Vegas Blvd. near Charleston.
She will join the other IndyCar drivers 6 p.m. Wednesday for a free autograph session at Macy’s in the Fashion Show Mall. …
Drivers competing in the Saturday’s Smith’s 350k NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the speedway will participate in an autograph session 7:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at the Stratosphere.
TRUCKS IN DAYLIGHT
The Las Vegas truck race will be start 12:30 p.m. Saturday marking the first time it has not been held at night in 12 years. The starting time had to be moved to the afternoon because the Cup race will be held that night at Charlotte Motor Speedway and NASCAR will schedule its three national series at the same time.
SCHMIDT WINS AGAIN
Sam Schmidt Motorsports clinched its fifth championship in the Firestone Indy Lights series when driver Josef Newgarden finished second Sunday at Kentucky Speedway.
Team owner Sam Schmidt of Henderson will field four entries in the Oct. 16 season finale at LVMS.
Jeff Wolf is a freelance reporter. He can be reached at (702) 406-8165 or firstname.lastname@example.org.