2016 Firestone 600 Rain Delay – Bench Racing


>>GREAT STORIES AND I’M AFRAID WHICH ONE IS GOING TO START AND WHEN ROBIN MILLER IS GOING TO COME DOWN. >>YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH ROBIN MILLER SITTING THERE WITH US. I’LL THROW IT OUT RIGHT AWAY. >>WE WERE THERE ON THE GRID AND YOU WERE THERE AS WELL. EVERYTHING PRERACE. >>MY GOOSEBUMPS HAD GOOSEBUMPS EVERY DAY. FOR MANY YEARS IT WAS ABOUT THE HISTORY AND THE LEAD UP AND THE RACING WASN’T ALL THAT GOOD. WITH THE AMOUNT OF PASSING THAT WE HAD. NOW I ADMIT THAT BEING GREEDY I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE SEEN A FINISH. AND STILL HAD THE DRAMA FOR THE YOUNG AMERICAN WINNER. I DON’T THINK IT’S BAD AT ALL. EVERYBODY LIKE WE HAVE ALL DONE. YOU WANT THREE GUYS CROSSING THE FINISH LINE SIDE BY SIDE LIKE THE LAST THREE YEARS. I WENT OUT AND WATCHED THE LAST TEN HAPPENS AND THE FANS WERE GOING CRAZY AS COASTING DOWN THE STRAIGHT AWAY.>>THIS WAS ONE OF THE GUYS THAT WANTED TO SEE A GREEN FLAG FINISH. SHE DIDN’T WANT TO SEE SOMEBODY WIN GOING 160 MILES PER HOUR. >>I WANT TO GET GOING. >>IT WOULD BE GREAT TO GET GOING. I DON’T THINK IT’S A GOOD IDEA FOR ANYONE THAT’S ASKED THAT QUESTION. >>IF YOU HAD ENOUGH TIME TO PROMOTE IT WE’D HAVE AN AUDIENCE. >>I THINK WE NEED TO TEST THE THEORY FIRST. I WOULD LOVE FOR IT TO WORK. >>DID IT LIVE UP TO THE HYPE? MOST OF US WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOU GOING THREE WIDE AT THE FINISH BUT THE FANS SEEM TO LIKE IT. >>I WOULD HAVE LOVED THAT. BUT YOU CAN’T TAKE AWAY FROM WHAT THE SPECTACLE WAS. I DON’T WANT TO SAY THAT JUST BECAUSE IT WAS THE 500. IT WAS AN AMAZING RACE. THEY GAMBLED PICK AND GAME UP WITH AS. THAT’S THE WAY IT WORKED. WE HEDGED OUR BET AND PLAYED THE SAFER ROUTE LIKE WE NEEDED TO AT THE FRONT AND IT DIDN’T WORKOUT. THAT’S WHAT MAKES INDY. THOSE STORY LINES MAKE INDIANAPOLIS WHAT IT IS AND I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE SEEN A SHOOT OUT AT THE END TOO BUT I DON’T THINK THE STORY LINE WAS BAD THE WAY IT PLAYED OUT. >>I’M JUST GLAD YOU DIDN’T CRY.>>I SAW YOU TOOK A PICTURE. LOOK AT THAT PICTURE. >>THAT’S BEAUTIFUL. >>WHICH ONE ARE YOU? MO LARRY OR CURLY. >>YOU HAVE TO ENTERTAIN YOURSELVES AROUND HERE. WE HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO THAN MAKE FACES AND GET ON SOCIAL MEDIA. >>IT’S SEE NO EVIL, HEAR NO EVIL AND SPEAK NO EVIL. >>I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW IT JUST AS AN EMOJI. >>IT’S A TWITTER THING.>>I ONLY KNOW IT BECAUSE OF THE EMOJIS BUT I KNEW THAT BEFOREHAND.>>I’M GOING TO SEND THIS OUT. I HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO. >>AUTOFWRAFS FOR THE FANS. >>I WANT TO GED UP IN THE CROWD. HE JUST WANTS TO GET OVER THERE. WE WANT TO BE ON THE TRACK. >>HERE WE GO. >>GET UP IN THE STANDS AND SIGN AUTOGRAPHS. GO SIGN AUTOGRAPHS FOR THE FANS. HE’S AFRAID. HE’S LIKE WHAT HAPPENED? WHAT HAPPENED? WE LOST CONTROL. HE’S TRYING TO DODGE THE CAMERAS. WE’RE TRYING TO TELL YOU TO GO SIGN AUTOGRAPHS FOR THE FANS.>>WAIT A MINUTE THIS IS THE ONLY DRIVER WE HAVE AN INTERVIEW SO FAR TONIGHT AND HE’S THE MOST ENTERTAINING. IT WAS ACTUALLY A DANCE MOVE. LEARNING HOW TO CUT A RUG A LITTLE BIT WE SHOULD HAVE SENT HIM AROUND TO TO INTERVIEWS. >>YOU USED TO DO THAT. >>I DID USED TO DO THAT AND HE FIRED ME. >>THIS PAYS BETTER. >>I WAS BACK IN THE BUS WATCHING. I WAS WATCHING HIM AND ED ON HERE FOR AWHILE. THAT WAS FUN. >>I WATCHED TONY DANCING AROUND IN THE BACKGROUND. HE’S A NUT. LOOK AT JOSEPH BEING SUCH A FAN FRIENDLY HUMAN BEING. HE’S THE BEST. >>WE’RE GREAT. WE DON’T GET TO DO THIS SO WE’RE JUST KIND OF DOING OUR OWN 24 HOUR BROADCAST TONIGHT. >>THAT’S FAIR. I DON’T GET TO EITHER SO I’M HAPPY TO RAISE IT. WE CAN THROW THE FLAG AT 2:00 A.M., 3:15. I’M COOL. I’M FINE. >>WHAT IS CARLOS DOING. >>CARLOS IS TALKING INTO HIS CARDS AS IF IT’S A CELL PHONE. COLUMBIA IS BACK ON TECHNOLOGY. LOOK AT HIM. >>HE IS PROTECTING HIMSELF FROM THE HEAT BLOWER. THE JET DRIER. >>I’M NOT SURE THAT’S WHAT HE IS DOING. IF THAT’S INTENTIONAL OR NOT. NOW HE’S WAVING. HIGH CARLOS. >>HOW ARE YOU? I HAD TO ADDRESS IT. I SHOULDN’T HAVE BLOWN UP THE WAY THAT I DID. GOOD JOB ON POLE AND WE’LL LET YOU WALK AWAY FROM THE FIELD ON THAT ONE.>>IT WILL GET BACK TO HIM ON THE TWITTERVERSE. MAKE YOURSELF USEFUL. DO USEFUL TONIGHT.>>IT’S WADE CUNNINGHAM. HEY BUDDY, WHAT’S UP?>>I’M TALKING TO YOU RIGHT NOW. CAN YOU SEE ME? I’M SURE HE’S DELAYED. >>HE’LL GET IT IN AWE IDENTIFY SECONDS. YOU CONTINUE THAT CONVERSATION. >>GOOD TALK. >>NOW I KNOW WHY WE’RE NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU A PACK TO INTERVIEW PEOPLE. >>HE’S CALLING. >>WHERE WE WERE. >>WHEN HE WAS STILL UP AND KICKING HE CO-HOSTED WE ME A COUPLE OF TIMES AND I KBT HAVE HIM BACK ON OR WE WON’T HAVE A JOB. ALL DRIVER ANALYSTS SAY THEY WANT HIM TO DRIVE FOREVER AND THAT’S A GREAT POINT. BACK TO SOME WHAT SERIOUS BUSINESS. CAN HE BE CAUGHT FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP. AND WHAT HAPPENED AND TAKE ABOUT A YEAR. >>YOU JUST GOT TO GET TO KNOW THE PENSKE PROGRAM AND GET TO LEARN EACH OTHER AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED. AND HE HASN’T LOST ANY OF THAT. >>HE TOLD ME SEVERAL TIMES LAST YEAR THE SAME THING. I THOUGHT HE’S JUST TRYING TO COVER THINGS AND NOT THROW HIM UNDER THE BUS AND I THINK THERE’S SOMETHING TO THAT. SO TO THE DIRECT QUESTION YES HE CAN BE CAUGHT BUT NO HE WON’T GET CAUGHT. WE SAW WHAT DIXON DID AND HE COMES FROM THREE LARGE DEFICITS TO WIN THREE OF HIS FOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS BUT SIMON IS TOO SMART THAT HE IS GOING TO FINISH THE JOB THIS YEAR. >>OUR PRODUCER HAS A GREAT INTUITION ABOUT WINNERS AND WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN IN RACES. HE TOLD ME THE BIGGEST THING IS MOVING TO CHARLOTTE. OR BEING AROUND THE GUY. HE’S LIKE A FOOTBALL TEAM. HE HAS TO SPEND TIME TO BUILD THE TEAM CHEMISTRY WISE. THAT’S THE UNTOLD STORY. ROBIN KNEW IT BEFORE I DID. AND WE’RE HEARING THIS GUY GETS A RIDE. HE FINISHED 3rd AND 5th IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP. AND WE CHECK OUT THE DRIVERS AND SIGN SOME AUTOGRAPHS FOR THE FANS AND IT’S COOL ISN’T IT? AND TRYING TO STICK AROUND FOR THIS LONG. ONE COOL THING AND I KNOW THAT YOU ARE SO EXCITED AND I HAVE BEEN THERE AS WELL AND IT’S PHENOMENAL FACILITY AND WE’RE GOING TO BE THERE. >>THERE’S A COUPLE OF PLACES THAT INDY CARS ALWAYS BELONG. AND GLENN ONE OF THEM. AND MARK MILES IS GOING TO HAPPEN THIS YEAR. YOU ASK ANY DRIVER THAT EVER DROVE THERE WHETHER IT WAS FORMULA V OR INDY CAR OR SPORTS CAR THAT’S MY FAVORITE PLACE. IT’S GOT EVERY KIND OF CORNER YOU CAN HAVE AND IT’S A REALLY GOOD SIGN BECAUSE WE VN BEEN THERE A LONG TIME. >>AND YOU TWO HAVE NEVER BEEN. >>I’VE BEEN WITH NASCAR SEVERAL YEARS AGO. >>THAT’S WHAT I WAS GOING TO CALL EVERYBODY ON THE SHOW.>>I CAN’T WAIT TO GET THEM. >>SORRY. SORRY.>>I WENT TO NASCAR A FEW YEARS AGO. IT’S INCREDIBLE AND A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO BE AND IT’S THE TREES AND I CAN’T WAIT TO GO AROUND THERE.>>AND WATKINS GLENN AND I TELL YOU WHAT THAT’S FANTASTIC. AND IT’S IN THE EARLY 80s AND INDY CAR WENT BACK THERE. WENT ON JULY 4th AND IT WASN’T A GOOD TIME FOR THEM TO GO. THE RACES WERE GOOD. AND IT WAS THE FIRST WIN WITH WILSON DRIVING AND I THINK THAT’S THE WHOLE THING. >>AND I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU.>>I NAMES THE YEARS IN THE ORDER AND LET’S THINK ABOUT THIS. ALL THREE OF THEM.>>HE STARTED HIS CAREER AT LONG BEACH WITH YOU. 91. >>AND THEN WAS THE OLD MAN. 94. AND THEN HE RAN TO THE EUROPEAN RACE. HE’S TRYING TO CALL ME RIGHT NOW.>>I JUST HUNG UP. AND HE GOT OVER THAT.>>IT’S NOT FUEL MILEAGE BUT FROM NOW ON WHATEVER COUNTER DOES WE’RE GOING TO DO.>>IT’S THE STRATEGY. >>MIGHT NOT BE A BAD STRATEGY WOULD IT?>>WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED IN THE RAIN DELAY?>>I LEARNED THE GUYS IN THE BOOTH HAVE MORE BS THAN I THOUGHT THEY DID. >>THAT’S HARD TO IMAGINE. >>HE HAS EVERYBODY’S CELL PHONE NUMBER ON PIT LANE. HE HAS CALLED EVERYBODY. WHO HAVE YOU NOT CALLED TOWNSEND?>>20 YEARS TRYING TO GET TO RIDE AN INDY CAR. YOU GAINED SOME DIGIT JETS. >>I WATCHED PAUL TRACY AND YOU GOT CALLED. I NEVER GOT CALLED BY ROGER PENSKE. >>WELL, I HAD TO CALL DALE COIN AND WE HAD TO THANK HIM FOR RIDING MY DAD HAD TO REMORTGAGE THE HOUSE TO GET A RIDE BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY IT ALL WORKED OUT. >>WHOSE PHONE NUMBER DON’T YOU HAVE? IT’S A SHORT LIST. >>IT’S A SHORT LIST. >>SOME OF THE PEOPLE THAT YOU HAVE HAD DINNER WITH IN NEW YORK CITY. LOOK AT HOW BUSY IT IS. HAVE YOU COME UP WITH ANYTHING ELSE TO TALK ABOUT?>>THE GUYS HEAD INTO FRANCE. YOU GUYS ARE IN TROUBLE.>>I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE SCHEDULE IS FROM NOW ON. SO I’M NOT IN CHARGE. YOU PULLED SOME STRINGS TO GET OUT OF IT IN THE MORNING. >>WE ALREADY MISSED IT SO AT THAT POINT IT DOESN’T MATTER DOES IT?>>WHY DO YOU HAVE TO DO IT? THAT’S MY QUESTION. >>IT’S LIKE THE PARADE AT INDY. IT’S THE BIG CEREMONY AND YOU TAKE THE PHOTO WITH THE TEAM AND YOU HAVE TO BE THERE BUT IF YOU HAVE A REALLY GOOD EXCUSE WHICH I GUESS WE HAVE ONE RIGHT NOW. WE ARE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO GO AND DO IT ANOTHER WAY.>>THAT HAD TO BE FUN TO PULL OFF THE FIRST WIN OF THE YEAR. >>IT WAS REALLY FUN. IT WAS GOOD FOR THE TEAM TO HAVE SOME GOOD PIT STOPS AND MAKE THINGS HAPPEN AND WE WENT TO GET IT. I HAD A LOT OF FUN AND THAT WAS KEY.>>HOIST YOU UP ON HIS SHOULDER.>>HERE TODAY. >>IT’S LIKE 4:00 OR 5:00 A.M. NOW. IT’S KIND OF A — >>GOOD LUCK CHARM. >>YEAH. >>AND THEN WE STOP ON THE WAY TO GO TO DETROIT WITH THE FAMILY AND EVERYTHING AND YEAH IT’S JUST COOL, YOU KNOW? AND THEY WERE THERE LAST YEAR AND THEY WERE THERE LAST YEAR AND WE CAN KEEP THIS GOING. >>WHAT RIDES DID YOU RIDE AT CEDAR POINT.>>ROLLER COASTER.>>I LOVE THAT.>>THE FREAKIER THE BETTER.>>HOW ABOUT THE KIDS. THEY LIKE THAT TOO OR NOT?>>YEAH. MY SOON TO BE 10-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER IS GETTING THE REST OF IT. SO IT’S FUN TO DO THAT. >>VERY GOOD. >>A LOT OF FUN FOR YOU. CONGRATULATIONS ON THE WIN. ARE YOU GOING TO SIGN AUTOGRAPHS. >>IT’S A RECESSION RIGHT NOW SO WE’LL JUST JOIN IN. >>THERE WE GO. MORE DRIVERS HEAD UP TO SIGN AUTOGRAPHS FOR THE FANS. A LOT OF FUN HERE.E.>>AND TO SEE THE VERIZON INDY CAR SERIES WITH THE TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY. IT’S WHY IT WAS ONE OF THE FRIENDLIEST AROUND. THE STARS OF INDY CAR GO ACROSS THE FRONT STRAIGHT AWAY INTO THE GRANDSTAND. HERO CARDS, T-SHIRTS, HATS, YOU NAME IT.>>CONNECTING DIGITS SNCHTS GOT SOME SECURITY WITH IT.>>HE NEEDS TO GET THERE BUT HOPEFULLY CAN GET SOME CARDS GOING AT SOME POINT HERE BUT IT’S NICE THE FANS ARE STICKING AROUND. GREAT RACES THROUGH THE YEARS. THEY DON’T WANT TO MISS ANOTHER ONE. >>RYAN HUNTER-REAY IN THERE AS WELL. THERE’S YOUR SPORTS LEADER AND THIS IS WHY FANS STICK AROUND. THE RACE AS GOOD GOING TO BE GREAT BUT THE PERSONALITIES ARE HUGE. >>IT’S SO CLOSE RIGHT NOW. THEY’RE WORKING THE FRONT STRAIGHT AWAY. A LOT OF DRIVERS ARE ARE SEEING HOW LOES BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY THEY WANTED TO RACE TONIGHT. ALWAYS ON HIS PHONE AND THEY’RE ALL OUT THERE TO CHECK THE TRACK REALLY BECAUSE THEY WANT TO GET IT GOING AND GET IT DONE SO WE CAN MOVE ON. WE HAVE JUST A LITTLE BIT LEFT AND IT’S FOR WHATEVER REASON NOT DRYING UP. THEY’RE GETTING IT DONE AND THEY WANT TO GET THIS AND THEY’RE

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