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Friday, March 1, 2013

Race Car Drivers

Dave grew up in Indianapolis in the shadow of the Indy 500 and developed a passion for racing.  He's now part owner of a racing team, and one of his drivers won the Indy 500 in 2004.  No surprise, then, that he likes to have big-name racers on the show.  

Jimmie Johnson visited the Late Show two days after winning the 2013 Daytona 500.

 Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel was a guest in June.  

In September, IndyCar champ Ryan Hunter-Reay dropped by.  I believe that's the Astor Cup racing trophy under the blue cloth.

Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski was at the show in November to present "Top Ten Signs You're Not Cut Out To Be A Race Car Driver."  Sample: "You've always felt that passing other cars is rude."

Back in 2011, rally car driver Tanner Foust gave a demonstration of drift parking, in which he spun the car and skidded sideways into a parking spot on 53rd Street.  He also did donuts with passenger Julianne Moore:

The dramatic CelebriGum video:

BONUS: we've been having a lot of fun with FanGum photos.  Here's one more from Catherine Huggins, featuring a miniature version of Jimmie Johnson's car. 

At least I hope it's a miniature version; otherwise that's an alarming amount of gum.


  1. You'd think all these racers could just drive themselves to the show.

    1. Come on, Karl, that would be like me working on humor projects during my free time... wait a minute.

    2. Spare time? I though LS employees slept in coffins down in the basement of the theater.

    3. Technically, they're called "Repose Pods."

  2. That's a great photograph from the marble top racetrack.

    1. The Marble Top--for those days when the Brickyard just seems too downscale.

  3. The Toast in the MachineMarch 4, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    That car could use about a gallon of Gumout...

    1. The Toast in the MachineMarch 4, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      (Notice the very subtle reference to my own FanGum entry.)

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