Topic: Journalist looking to write a story/help a team/drive if wanted

Hi, my name is Daniel. I am journalist from Benicia, just a few miles from Sonoma Raceway, and I am hoping to find a few teams that I can cover for a news story in a paper.
As part of covering those teams I would like to take part in as much of the sport as possible so i would be willing to do mechanical work/problem solving, helping the team with general stuff ( getting supplies, cooking, moving stuff, grunt work, ect. ) and driving if at all doable.
I do have some basic knowledge of auto maintenance and building ( rebuilt two go-karts, helped build a 1965 Pontiac GP 421ci, replaced an alternator on a 1989 corvette, just stuff hear and there ) so I wouldn't be completely dead weight =P . I am looking for two or three teams to get to know. Open to suggestions and advice as well.

Thank you for the help!

Re: Journalist looking to write a story/help a team/drive if wanted

Your a week too late ! The database closd like last week . So if you did find a team it would be $200 to lemons for entry and $50 for lemons license .  I'm running 4 cars at this race . Look for the Subaru wagon with 500 lemons stickers on it and Lemons logo on roof . I've been racing this since 07 .
I've had numerous tv and media guys in my cars .
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Re: Journalist looking to write a story/help a team/drive if wanted

If time allows, show up at the track on Friday to scope out the 'competitors' and watch the teams go through tech - that'll give you an idea for how the whole deal starts (or doesn't. . .)

-Jeff

Re: Journalist looking to write a story/help a team/drive if wanted

I'm sure you can get lots of teams to let you help, but like Fabtoys said, no one is just going to "let" you drive. You're going to have to pay HQ $200 driver entry fee and another $50 one time at the track license fee. But do that and I'm sure plenty of the teams that aren't in contention for a win will let you have a go for like 30 minutes or so toward the end of the day when everyone is tired and more interested in eating & drinking than driving & wrenching.

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Re: Journalist looking to write a story/help a team/drive if wanted

PM me. There's a Team in Benicia who's Looking for crew/ future drivers AFTER you cut your teeth.

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Re: Journalist looking to write a story/help a team/drive if wanted

Already talked to Nick and he has me on the participant list so all I have to do is show up and give them my name. He said i can't join a team in any official way but can do all the same things and help out any team that wants me. Whats the name of the team from Benicia? Also, since this would be my first time and i have no idea what im doing, what sort of stuff should i bring to stay the night at the track and keep fellow team mates happy?

Re: Journalist looking to write a story/help a team/drive if wanted

"What sort of stuff should I bring to stay the night at the track and keep fellow team mates happy?"
Beer
and
Bacon

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Re: Journalist looking to write a story/help a team/drive if wanted

DangerDan wrote:

Already talked to Nick and he has me on the participant list so all I have to do is show up and give them my name. He said i can't join a team in any official way but can do all the same things and help out any team that wants me. Whats the name of the team from Benicia? Also, since this would be my first time and i have no idea what im doing, what sort of stuff should i bring to stay the night at the track and keep fellow team mates happy?

Bring three of these:

http://forums.24hoursoflemons.com/viewt … p?id=25867

You'll be welcomed by pretty much any of us perverts.

bs

9 (edited by fleming95 2014-03-15 09:57 PM)

Re: Journalist looking to write a story/help a team/drive if wanted

BigBird wrote:

"What sort of stuff should I bring to stay the night at the track and keep fellow team mates happy?"
Beer
and
Bacon

And bourbon.  (Or rye if you prefer!)

Adding a _bit_ of seriousness, if you're the 'in for a penny, in for a pound' kinda guy, bring along the tools you're comfortable with, find a team with a car you have some notion of, and ask what you can do to help.  That'll get ya over the hump. 

If I may ask, who are you writing for?

Re: Journalist looking to write a story/help a team/drive if wanted

Also know that it can get cold and wet at night at the track, so bring warm clothes and a waterproof jacket, even though there is no rain in the forecast.

Constructor/Owner/Driver - Billy Beer Ford Futura

Re: Journalist looking to write a story/help a team/drive if wanted

I personally write for the PAW, which is a high school news paper. But if I get a chance to cover the team from Benicia then I am sending this article to the Benicia Hearld, which my adviser works for. And I will also send the article to Benicia Magazine, who is a client of mine.

so far what i have for things that I need to bring is:
a kidnapped Chinese metal chick
bacon
alcohol
bacon and alcohol
tools
warm clothing
and a willingness work

What i have already:
a crappy array of tools
work gloves
warm cloths
not enough bacon
a willingness to work

Re: Journalist looking to write a story/help a team/drive if wanted

I'd shot you a pm but got no response.

I suppose I should ask so that we're all clear, are you a minor? will you have adult supervision/permission/waiver?

13 (edited by DangerDan 2014-03-17 09:07 PM)

Re: Journalist looking to write a story/help a team/drive if wanted

Yea I am 18. Did the PM not work?

Re: Journalist looking to write a story/help a team/drive if wanted

Spank wrote:

I suppose I should ask so that we're all clear, are you a minor?\

Have you been burned by this in the past? lol

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Re: Journalist looking to write a story/help a team/drive if wanted

TeamPettyCash wrote:
Spank wrote:

I suppose I should ask so that we're all clear, are you a minor?\

Have you been burned by this in the past? lol

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Re: Journalist looking to write a story/help a team/drive if wanted

Would someone like to tell the story of how this ended up for those not at the race?

Re: Journalist looking to write a story/help a team/drive if wanted

Wendell34 wrote:

Would someone like to tell the story of how this ended up for those not at the race?

I'll sum it up based on what Jay stated during the awards ceremony.

Team brings back to life a classic Mustang old school vintage Mustang, allows DangerDan to drive it so he has something to write for his high school newspaper, DangerDan wrecks it either first thing Saturday or on practice Friday, team wrenches on their sentimentally valued car all weekend only to get passed by the slowest thing on the track during the last few moments of the race, Race Rambler!

I got screwed is definitely deserved for these guys!

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Re: Journalist looking to write a story/help a team/drive if wanted

cdickman12 wrote:
Wendell34 wrote:

Would someone like to tell the story of how this ended up for those not at the race?

I'll sum it up based on what Jay stated during the awards ceremony.

Team brings back to life a classic Mustang old school vintage Mustang, allows DangerDan to drive it so he has something to write for his high school newspaper, DangerDan wrecks it either first thing Saturday or on practice Friday, team wrenches on their sentimentally valued car all weekend only to get passed by the slowest thing on the track during the last few moments of the race, Race Rambler!

I got screwed is definitely deserved for these guys!

All above is true based on what I heard from Dan on Saturday, but I did happen to notice something about said Stang while standing next to it...

No exterior mirrors is probably not a good configuration for a rank amateur to drive in Pointless traffic, I'd say...

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Re: Journalist looking to write a story/help a team/drive if wanted

I wager this is the last you'll see of Danger Dan!

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Re: Journalist looking to write a story/help a team/drive if wanted

mechimike wrote:

I wager this is the last you'll see of Danger Dan!


Methinks there hasn't been anyone as aptly named since Anthony Wiener.

If it ain't broken, fix it 'til it is.

Re: Journalist looking to write a story/help a team/drive if wanted

Danger Dan had better send us a copy of whatever he writes about this experience.

Re: Journalist looking to write a story/help a team/drive if wanted

At least Dan's all right (presumably), so he'll be able to write his article (at gunpoint or otherwise).

mharrell: Yeah, SAABs are like that.

Re: Journalist looking to write a story/help a team/drive if wanted

Sounds like it will be a short article:
"I showed up, crashed the car and left."  The end.

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Lets see if he browses back by.

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fabtoys wrote:

Your a week too late ! The database closd like last week . So if you did find a team it would be $200 to lemons for entry and $50 for lemons license .  I'm running 4 cars at this race . Look for the Subaru wagon with 500 lemons stickers on it and Lemons logo on roof . I've been racing this since 07 .
I've had numerous tv and media guys in my cars .
Mat Farah
Dan Neil
Adam Carolla
Jessi Combs

G4
Car Show on Speed.
Some mtv guys

Give me a call

Get a hold of nick Pon he could help you with

*jealous*

5 grand for the seat Jesse Combs was in! Lol