Hooniverse Film School Friday: Snow Day Special – 2002 Shell Grand Prix of Denver

My new career as a teacher means my schedule is at the mercy of the district and the local weatherman. Since they decided that an inch of snow this morning was enough to bring the city to a halt, I don’t get to work today. What to do?
If you’re a hoon like me, you’ve got a few options: 1) do donuts in the snow, 2) work on the car in the garage, 3) watch some great racing from days gone by. I’ve already done #1, and I don’t have any parts yet for #2, so to the YouTube I went. What I found took me back to my college days, when all I knew was NASCAR and the occasional Indy 500. Looking back, it’s a shame I missed out on this.
Remember the days when you whipped out your Nokia brick phone, called your friends, hopped in your clapped out Civic, and drove to your favorite store to get the latest Linkin Park CD? Remember when guys buzzed their hair and bleached the stubble? Remember the venerable SPEED channel? You’re going to see it all in this video – the best of everything 2002 had to offer. In 2002, the FedEx Champ Car Series offered the best open wheel racing in North America – fast, sleek cars; young, hungry drivers; and an interesting variety of tracks. Also, bulletproof H-box shifters. I miss seeing guys grabbing gears and fighting the wheel at the same time.

Anyway, if you’re like me and have a few minutes to spare today, check out the 2002 Shell Grand Prix of Denver. It was a fast, physical race, and certainly memorable. Like many fast street circuits, attrition was the main concern (also, Paul Tracy). Did you see this race? Were you there? Let us know in the comments.
[Source: YouTube]
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4 responses to “Hooniverse Film School Friday: Snow Day Special – 2002 Shell Grand Prix of Denver”

  1. Alff Avatar

    Glad you found a safe haven for Icemageddon.

  2. outback_ute Avatar

    My brother in law is also a teacher and was telling me about the 10-12 year olds complaining it was too hot for PE at about 32°C.

  3. discontinuuity Avatar

    Hey, I think I was at that race. Or maybe the year after.

  4. outback_ute Avatar

    If you need more distraction, the 2002 Gold Coast Indy 300 race should provide lots of action thanks to a thunderstorm that flooded the track and caused a big crash (or three). The 2003 race was pretty bad too.

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