August 11, 2007  Sparta, KY

What do you get when you mix Gene Simmons, Ashley Judd, and a bunch of IndyCar Series participants?  You have a great time.  A fine facility mixed with celebrities and great racing make for a fantastic Saturday evening for all.  A race that had only 4 cautions, but still had plenty of action and even a few thrills and spills but ultimately was won by Tony Kanaan in the 7 Eleven car #11.

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Tony Kanaan in the #11/Photo by: Jeff Kluss/SIT

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Tony Kanaan on a Vespa in the pits.

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Ahsley Judd otherwise known as Mrs. Franchitti in the pits.

Of course Dario Franchitti supplied the biggest surprise of all when he went airborne after the race had actually finished in his Canadian Club car.  Poor communications, inattention….whatever you call it this was a costly error for the Andretti owned team. We are sure Ashley wasn’t too pleased with the last minute flying performance by her husband.

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Gene Simmons talking it up with the media in the pits. Gene is a true racing hound that is classy and makes time for all fans including we in the media.

Of course on Friday they had the autograph signings by all the drivers in the garage area for the fans.  And as you might guess, judging by the length of the lines Danica Patrick had everyone beat hands-down.  Her line of fans was at a minimum 3 times that of anyone else.  Amazing how she has attracted such a fan base with no wins but a lot of promise.

 

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Danica Patrick and team owner Michael Andretti in the pits.

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Danica composition showing her in the car prior to the race and on the track in her Motorola Car #7.

Danica was up to fourth on several occasions but late in the race had a problem with recognizing the caution and wrecked avoiding a pace car.  She has some great ability, but for some reason can’t quite put it all together to get into the win column.  Amazing though how this young lady is actually a major contributor to the coffers of Indycar Series via her fan base.

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Helio Castroneves in the Penske #3 car

Tony Kanaan dedicated this win to his late father.  “A special weekend for me,” said Kanaan, who recorded a series-leading fourth victory of the season. “He’s not around any more, so it is pretty touching. I’m glad that I got a win for him. (Aug. 12) is Father’s Day in Brazil. I’m a father-to-be, so my wife better give me a good gift.”  Tony, congratulations from everyone at Sports Image Times and a big thank you for an exciting race.

Once again, we highly advise any of our readers to attend this great facility for any of their events.  What a great bunch of folks that really know how to put an exciting weekend together.

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