The Paddock Pulse: February 1 Edition

Paddock Pulse Splash

It's February, everyone! And did you know it's Leap Year this year? That means that everyone who was ever born on February 29th gets to have their sadly all-too-rare birthday parties!

I've been invited to a few of those parties over the years, but I usually don't go because the skeeve factor is pretty high. I mean, the last one I got an invite to was for a Sweet Sixteen party, which normally would be pretty sweet except that it was held at an assisted-living facility (just wait a second, it'll hit you).

A better reason to be happy it's February is that it means pre-season testing is underway and the beginning of the 2012 season is closer than ever. Yes, spring is on its way, and it's time for the training to start! Someday, they'll come up with a catchy title for that.

Hit the jump for this week's linkage.

6 Reasons why IndyCar is the Best Reality show on TV [anotherindycarblog]
Soooooooooo... yeah. I get that Eric is trying to be complimentary here. But really, man, considering the entertainment value of reality TV, you probably could have written, "6 Reasons why IndyCar is Like a Really Fulfilling Deuce" and -- WAIT! NO! STOP, HOLLYWOOD! DO NOT MAKE A REALITY SHOW OUT OF... aw hell. Too late.

A Farewell Tour For Paul Tracy [IndyCar Advocate]
All I can say is that it won't be a proper farewell tour without a Mexican wrestler outfit. The good news is that Sebastien Bourdais has a full-time ride, so Paul won't go out without a fight. Literally.

Indy journal: 1986 [More Front Wing]
At first, when I read the title of this piece I thought, "MAN, does Paul have a backlog of blog posts to work through!" Just so you know, he didn't actually just come across this blog waiting to be written under a dusty pile of White Castle wrappers from when he was in high school. You're welcome.

A Bowl of Indy Stew: Day 1, 1986 [New Track Record]
While I'm clarifying things, I also want to point out that Mark is not, in fact, purloining a character from The Simpsons for his own nefarious purposes here. Although, to be fair, Indy Stew would make a much better series mascot than Gene Simmons was.

Can Milwaukee Succeed In 2012? [Oilpressure]
THOSE MILWAUKEE FOLKS CAN BE REAL BRATS. (Sorry, people, sometimes you come up with a pun that is so toxic that you have to vomit it out immediately or else you will end up severely impaired. This is one of those times. Please forgive me.)

Rubens Barrichello in IndyCar: Good or Bad? [Open Wheel America]
Answer: At this point, THEORETICAL. Of course, I say that now, and by the time I hit "publish" on this mother Tony Kanaan will use the power of BROMANCE to lure Rubens into committing to a full season. That's just how ridiculously fast the world moves in the Age of Teh Internetz.

Seven truths I have learned about the upcoming 2012 IZOD Indy Car season [WideOpenWheel]
Sometimes, there's nothing like a little schadenfreude. And no, that's not a boutique lager created in the basement of your German neighbor's two-bedroom lean-to across the street. (By the way, the "hops" in his mixture are actually dead rabbits. Just thought you ought to know before you took the first sip.)

Driver Tweet of the Week

@alex_lloyd: I'm so glad we don't get Burmese Pythons in Indiana.

Last But Not Least

A wedding? I love weddings. Drinks all around!

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