Sunday, August 13, 2006

Greetings From Denver

It was an exciting first day at the race track as I got to watch the qualifying session for today's race. The car we're most concerned with, Steve Ott's #35 car with Newman Wachs Racing qualified 19th on the grid for today's race. His teammate, Joe D'Agostino, qualified in 17th.

Though the race won't be televised until August 19 at 3:00 p.m. U.S. EDT on Speed Channel, you can watch today's race live through the Champ Car Atlantic Web site. The race starts at 1:15 p.m. U.S. EDT/11:15 a.m. U.S. MDT.

Here are some photos from Saturday. We should have shots of the nuclear decals on the car sometime tomorrow.

Steve Ott's Champ Atlantic car is towed to the track for the start of qualifying on Saturday.


Before the race, team owner Ed Wachs (left) chats with NWR driver Steve Ott (center).


A closeup of the cockpit of Steve Ott's car.


Thanks for stopping by, I'll have more later.

2 comments:

Whitehall said...

Finally!

I've long advocated an outreach effort to racing fans. Here's a group of potential allies who 1) appreciate technology 2) appreciate energy and 3) understand risk.

With automobile racing attracting the biggest audiences in all of spectator sports, it would also be cost effective.

Denis Beller said...

Those fans are also very loyal to sponsors of their favorite teams and racing in general. Thus, we may be able to use this to turn passive accepters into active supporters.

Did you know about the American Nuclear Society's Indy Car Outreach Program? In 1995 we had exhibits with a nuclear-decaled Indy Car at the Indy 500 (pole and race weekends), in the Mall of America, at Purdue and UW-Madison, at the Milwaukee Machine Tools Expo (their expense), and at ANS and WM'95 meetings.

If you really believe in this, tell someone important. We need financial support to sustain this effort. You could also tell Newman and Wachs (through the ANS or the NEI) that you appreciate what they're doing.

Denis Beller
Atomic Racing