Archive for July, 2010

Double Wow!

Posted in Pat's Races on July 25, 2010 by vroomgrrl

Dear Pat,

I am so proud of you! Look at you go!

You don’t seem to publicize your NASCAR endeavors much, but as a fan of your driving, I live for these surprise outings! It’s so neat to see you doing something new! Not unexpected – I’ve kept my eyes open, knowing you’d probably try to squeeze in some more NASCAR driving on your “off” weekends from ALMS and Porsche. So you kicked ass in Portland last weekend. Incroyable! Congratulations! There’s a nice write-up about it online HERE.

When I saw you and Jorg won at Lime Rock today, I had to sit right down here and write you a little note. I can’t wait to watch the race! We went to a dear friend’s birthday party today, and they didn’t have SPEED TV on their minimalist cable line-up. I knew you started on the pole, and figured if you could do that, you guys could take this thing. And you did! You’re back on top of the points race, too. Congratulations again!

I was thinking about going out for autocross tomorrow, but we’re in the middle of an epic heat wave, worst we’ve seen all summer, and some recent health issues have really compromised my heat tolerance. It’s awful to suddenly be so limited. When I went from 350 to under 200 lbs back in 2005-2006, all the problems I’d had with the heat as an extremeliy overweight person were gone, and I was so happy to be free of that limitation. I grew to love the heat, and the challenge of surviving it working grid at Road Atlanta in July and August. Now it’s a completely different health concern that’s complicated matters, but I have to observe pretty serious precautions in the heat right now, so it’s just not wise for me to spend the day at the AX track.

With the heat, I was even thinking about going out to help with set-up starting at 5:30 am, say hi & get a bunch of hugs & get caught up with my buds, then leave before it got too hot. Then I got home too late to get a good night’s sleep anyway, so bleah. I hate to miss it. I miss competitive driving, and I miss my friends out there! I still don’t have my new wheels and tires on the car, but I was going to see what I could squeeze out of what’s left of my Dunlops. Those things have been great. I’ve got another set on order, and hope to have them on my new wheels and on the car by the time I drive at Little Talladega in September. How many times have I said that now? I’m getting tired of hearing it myself!

OK well I meant this to be short. I need to go read the Lizard blog where Jennifer Hart does a detailed live-blog during the race. And I need to see if it’s going to be replayed on TV, and I bet I can get it on the internet. I know it was a real dog fight with the BMWs. I suspect Thomas Blam and the gang behind the scenes worked some of their magic, and then you worked some of yours. Can’t wait to see it! Congrats again!

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VroomGrrl

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Meet the Press

Posted in Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 by vroomgrrl

Hi Pat,

I’ve been quiet here, but I’ve been watching, and reading. There’s some nice press out on you lately:

  • You’re featured in the ALMS Series Utah Spotlight over at Motorsport.com
  • SpeedTV.com is featuring ALMS: 10 Questions with Patrick Long
  • Then there’s Porsche Pilots Travel as Leaders to the Great Salt Lake in the Motorsport Journal
  • And reaching way back, your PCA blog notes from this year’s Le Mans.

    Things are quiet here, especially with my car. Wheels, tires, bla bla bla second verse same as the first!

    My husband has some work travel this Monday when I’m off work, and we’re hoping I can work things out to go along with him because he’s heading down to New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It’ll be bittersweet for sure.

    Have a great 4th! Next post, I believe I’ll be celebrating my 2nd Porscheversary!

    Bye for now,
    VroomGrrl