Like the world needed more ugly racing cars. Swift, we barely knew thee.
I know some of you figured I was on top of the world Saturday. You would think with all the bullshit Simona’s gone through that I (and of course, herself) would be elated beyond measure.
The underfunded teams. The fire at Texas 2010. The fire at Indy 2011. The subsequent 2nd degree burns at Indy healing throughout 2011. The concussion at Milwaukee 2011. The concussion leading to her missing Iowa 2011. The Customs issue prior to Sonoma 2011 and missing that race. LOTUS all throughout 2012. Going SLOWER than her old Lotus at Iowa 2013 and finishing multiple laps down…in the heat race.
That’s a lot to put up through without much results.
So when she crossed the line in 2nd place in the first Houston Grand Prix double-header many of you were beyond excited for her first appearance on the IndyCar podium.
I was excited.
But not too excited.
It appeared neither was she, for that matter.
Sure, this was a LONG time coming. Sure this was way, way, WAY overdue. Sure this was her first IndyCar podium finish…
But the way I felt (and it seems she, too) was as though…well…Marshall Pruett of Racer.com says it best at about the 3:50 mark in this video…
"She was really happy to be up there, but…she looked like she belonged…she did what we all expected her to be able to do.”
She expected to be up there. I expected her to be up there. We all should expect her to finish on the podium again, and again and again…
…and to stand in the middle of it.
And when that happens we should get excited. But again, not too excited.
For she belongs there. We expect it. Most of all she expects it.
…and it won’t be a one time deal like last time.
Now, about that bow-tie…..