Monday, November 16, 2015

Musings From the Weekend: Numb

It was a difficult weekend worldwide. The motorsports events that took place are so inconsequential when looking at the bigger picture of life. Nico Rosberg dominated the Brazilian Grand Prix. It rained on another NASCAR weekend. There was a comeback at Motegi. The World Rally Championship season ended in Wales. Here is a run down of what got me thinking.

Numb
After the events that took place on Friday evening in Paris, all I feel is numb. There is a bit of anger and a bit of sadness underneath but I just feel numb. There is nothing worth discussing this week. The struggles of racing series to get fans through the gates and watching races on television are so minuscule right now. It doesn't matter at all. There are bigger problems out there.

I don't want to say much but I still want to say something. There are more people in the world that want peace, that want love, that want to be able to go out on a Friday night and have a good time than those who want terror, who want blood, who want death. In fact, I will go as far to say that the amount of people who want peace, who love, who want freedom is so large that it could suffocate those who want terror, blood and death. How then can we take this vast majority use their power to prevent this sliver of the pie from causing destruction?

I don't have an answer but if there is one thing that gives me hope is that the numbers are on the side of peace, love and freedom and I hope and pray that solidarity of those who believe in those three things will cause change and that those thirsting for the darkness will drown in the over-powering light.

Perspective
For all those who felt robbed because the NASCAR race was moved from NBC to NBCSN because of the lengthy weather delay and didn't like that the race ended because of weather, think about what happened over the last three days and realize how childish you sound.

Champions From the Weekend
Tsugio Mastuda and Ronnie Quintarelli won their second consecutive Super GT GT500 championship with a second place finish at Motegi.

Winners From the Weekend
You know about Nico Rosberg but did you know...

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Phoenix. Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. join Jeff Gordon as the driver championship eligible heading to Homestead.

S├ębastien Ogier closed out his 2015 championship campaign with a victory at Wales Rally GB.

The #37 KeePer TOM's Lexus RC F of Andrea Caldarelli and Ryo Hirakawa won the Super GT race at Motegi. The #31 apr Toyota Prius of Koki Saga and Yuichi Nakayama won in GT300.

Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Grand National Series from Phoenix. Timothy Peters won the Truck race.

Coming Up This Weekend
The FIA World Endurance Championship rounds out their 2015 season in Bahrain.
The NASCAR seasons end in Homestead.
Race of Champions will take place at the London Olympic Stadium.
The first ever FIA GT World Cup runs on the streets of Macau.
V8 Supercars run their penultimate round of the season at Phillip Island.