Thursday, October 22, 2009
DULUTH, Minn. – A Minnesota man has pleaded guilty to driving his motorized La-Z-Boy chair while drunk. A criminal complaint says 62-year-old Dennis LeRoy Anderson told police he left a bar in the northern Minnesota town of Proctor on his chair after drinking eight or nine beers.
Prosecutors say Anderson's blood alcohol content was 0.29, more than three times the legal limit, when he crashed into a parked vehicle in August 2008. He was not seriously injured.
Police said the chair was powered by a converted lawnmower and had a stereo and cup holders.
Sixth Judicial District Judge Heather Sweetland stayed 180 days of jail time Monday and ordered two years of probation for Anderson. His attorney, David Keegan, did not immediately return a call for comment.
From Yahoo News.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
NASCAR's Nationwide series will be getting a new look starting in 2010, as family cars move over for muscle.
The Roush Fenway racing Ford Mustang is the first of the new breed of racer that will debut in four races next year, before running full-time in 2011. Based on the 'Car of Tomorrow' used in NASCAR's top-level Sprint Cup series, the Mustang will eventually replace the Ford Fusions used today.
In an effort to further differentiate the two racing series, NASCAR is pushing for automakers to swap the four-door sedan profiles currently used in Nationwide, for sportier two-door coupes. Along with Ford, Dodge is expected to unveil a Challenger-based car in the near future. Chevrolet and Toyota will be sticking with the Impala and Camry, respectively...for now.
The Roush Fenway Con-way Freight Mustang will be driven by 21 year-old Colin Braun, who is moving up to Nationwide from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
[Editor's Note] Call it what you want... A new nose on the Ford Fusion does not a Mustang make. Looking at the car, if you take away the Mustang nose, it is still the same car they called the "Car of Tomorrow". When I first heard this story I was very excited, with flashbacks to the old Trans Am racing days. When I saw the actual picture of the car, a saying came to mind that I think fits: "No matter how much you polish a turd, it's still a turd." Don't make me bring up the lipstick on a pig cliche'. This is my personal opinion, and not necessarily that of the PRDA. ~ Alleydude.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Chris Econimaki, born October 15, 1920, will be celebrating his 89th birthday this month. Christopher "Chris" Constantine Economaki, better know as Chris Economaki, started his career in journalism at the age of 13 by selling the National Speed Sport News, and at the age of 14 was writing articles for the National Auto Racing News. In 1950, Chris became the editor for the National Speed Sport News.
He later became an announcer at race tracks, and became notable for his coverage of race events on ABC Wide World of Sports, covering numerous races from Indy 500 to the Daytona 500 and Le Mans.
Chris managed to compete in one race himself. Oscar interviews Chris about that one and only race. You can read about it HERE.
Happy birthday, Chris, from the PRDA, and auto racing enthusiasts everywhere!