It’s been a big year thus far for me. In brief, some statistics:
- One platinum (10,000+ reads), five gold (5,000), 21 silver (2,000), and 24 bronze (1,000 reads or 25 comments) articles on Bleacher Report
- Over 14,000 views on US Race Report, chiefly for Global Rallycross content
- Dozens and dozens of interviews and contacts made
At this point, some thanks are in order for all of the people that have helped me out this year. So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are some thank yous.
First of all, a thank you to my editors—Adam Hirshfield and Stephen Meyer at Bleacher Report, Luke Krmpotich at Sports-At-Work, Charlie Turner and Steve Wronkowicz at OnPitRow, and David Phillips at inRacingNews. You guys keep me running with assignments and places to throw up my content, and it’s great to work with you all.
Michael Waltrip for granting me my first interview of the season back in April, and Bleacher Report’s Tina Sturdevant for setting that up. That interview was trial by fire for me—I was behind a radio board for it and accidentally left my microphone on while Michael was talking. My recording of the interview was like listening for sonar underwater, and I couldn’t use much of it by my own fault. Ever since, I’ve stuck with cell phone pieces.
All of the folks who made the Global Rallycross preview guide at US Race Report a rousing success. Many of the blogs supporting individual drivers were graceful enough to link my .JPGs of those drivers’ pages on here, and for that I can’t thank you all enough. Also, thanks to the 50-plus people who responded to our GRC midseason quality survey, which made its way to the folks at the top and was very well-received.
Chip Pankow and Brian Gale at Global Rallycross for expressing interest in me and my work through the season preview guide at US Race Report. It’s great to know that while I’m currently writing independently, the folks within the series are willing to be supportive of those who are taking interest and trying to spread the sport. Through my private conversations with them both at New Hampshire, it’s clear to me that Chip and Brian are setting an incredible course for rallycross in America, and my goal is to help them in any way possible. Rallycross fans, they’re listening to your criticisms, and they’re going to fix what you don’t like about this season, don’t worry.
Stephan Verdier for reposting the GRC preview guide on his own pages, and afterwards, willingly granting an interview to help us lead up to the season opener at Charlotte. I’ve had the chance to talk to Stephan at length twice more, before X Games and at New Hampshire, and every time he’s been funny, engaging, and most of all, very articulate. Him granting me that first interview was the key to US Race Report becoming a GRC-centric blog, and his descriptions of the cars, tracks, and driving style have been incredibly helpful.
Danielle Nuzzo for giving me a prime opportunity to interview Travis Pastrana in June, and Travis for giving me that interview before the Texas event while I was on vacation in Seattle. I didn’t seek anything out—Danielle was working on behalf of Discount Tire and the opportunity simply fell into my lap, and I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity. Travis’ explanation of driving both his GRC and NASCAR cars was incredibly useful and made for fantastic content on multiple sites.
Liam Doran, David Binks, and Andreas Eriksson for granting quick pre-race interviews just hours before the GRC event at Loudon, as well as Andrea Scanlan for setting up the interview with Liam. The Doran family are rallycross legends, and Liam has both the skill and attitude to back up his X Games victory from last year with many more race wins. David is incredibly talented, especially for a first-time professional, and gave us plenty of food for thought in the hours leading up to the race. Andreas’ frank discussion of European safety versus American marketability gave us something to ponder for the future.
Travis, Brian Deegan, and Tanner Foust for post-race interviews at New Hampshire, in lieu of press conferences.
Finally, but certainly not least, an extra special thank you to the entire Scott-Eklund Racing team—drivers Andy Scott and Samuel Hubinette, technical director Per Eklund, and public relations managers Emma Spearing and Cathy Metcalfe—for hours of interviews, tons of email correspondence, and everything I’ve needed to help tell the story of this GRC season from just about day one. Their privateer operation has been one of the most admirable ones in the sport this season, and it was easy to see the elation in Samuel’s eyes while interviewing him in victory lane at New Hampshire for his second place finish. SER is one of the most professional organizations contesting the GRC schedule and their model sets a gold standard for other teams, both now and in the future. It’s a pleasure working with them, and I can only hope that our professional relationship continues many years into the future.
P.S.: And, yes, of course, thank you to all of you folks who have been reading, following, tweeting, whatever… none of this would be possible without you!