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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_A._Ford

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Ford was launched as the pilot of the STS-128 on August 28, 2009. After his first flight, Colonel Ford trained for and works space missions as a Space Station CAPCOM in the Mission Control Center.


Kevin Ford served his only shuttle mission as the pilot for Buzz Lightyear's return.


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Astronaut Kevin Ford on the International Space Station shared this image of Indianapolis with his family and IndyStar.com. / Kevin Ford / NASA

http://cmsstage.indystar.com/article/20 ... ce-station

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Astronaut Taking IndyCar To International Space Station

The IZOD IndyCar Series is entering the space race.

Actually, an IZOD IndyCar Series 1:64 diecast car is among the personal items accompanying U.S. astronaut Kevin Ford on his scheduled Oct. 23 voyage to the International Space Station.

Ford, 52, a native of Montpelier, Ind., and a University of Notre Dame graduate, will join two Russian cosmonauts aboard a Soyuz capsule. The retired U.S. Air Force colonel will serve as the flight engineer through November before relieving another astronaut as the space station's commander through March 2013.

"I take a few things to remind me of my home state and home schools, and one of the things from my home state is a small race car that represents the Indianapolis 500," said Ford, who was the pilot of space shuttle Discovery for a September 2009 mission to the space station.

Ford and his colleagues will be aboard the station during an exceptionally busy time that includes cargo operations of two SpaceX Dragon commercial vehicles, four Russian Progress resupply vehicles and the arrival of "Cygnus," the first commercial cargo spacecraft from the Orbital Sciences Corp., scheduled for December.
http://paddocktalk.com/news/html/story-207970.html


I know I already mentioned this but I didn't notice the indy 500 connections...

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'Star Wars' NASCAR? Get ready for rocket racing
NEW YORK (CNN) -- It sounds like NASA meets NASCAR: rocket-propelled aircraft racing through the sky at hundreds of miles an hour, while millions of fans watch in stadiums and on TV.

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"Take the NASCAR road car race track and tilt it vertical, and you will race these rocket planes in a vertical three-dimensional course," said Granger Whitelaw, league co-founder and two-time Indianapolis 500 champion team partner

http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/space/10/04/rocket.race/


Thu Mar 07, 2013 6:14 am
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44 ties in with 8/88...The car for the Toy Story 2 promo was driven by Kyle Petty buzz lightyear #44 at 1999 NAPA 500

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Given some of the Toy Story 9/11 syncs

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- Katzenberg gave approval for the script on January 19, 1993, at which point voice casting could begin

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- Lasseter and his Pixar team had the first half of the movie ready to screen, so they brought it down to Burbank to show to Katzenberg and other Disney executives on November 19, 1993, a day they later dubbed "Black Friday."

11/19


Toy Story premiered on November 19, 1995 in Hollywood, California. For its theater run, it was released on November 22, 1995

Toy Story 2 originally premiered November 19 ,1999

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Kyle Eugene Petty (born June 2, 1960) is a former American NASCAR driver and is currently a co-host for NASCAR RaceDay and panel member for NASCAR Smarts which are both on SPEED. He also commentates for TNT in the summer. He is the son of racer Richard Petty, grandson of racer Lee Petty, and father of Adam Petty.


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"The King", as he is nicknamed, is most well known for winning the NASCAR Championship seven times (Dale Earnhardt is the only other driver to accomplish this feat


Kyle Petty
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Petty began racing at a young age and made his major-league stock car debut at the age of 18. He won the very first race he entered: the 1979 Daytona ARCA 200, in one of his father's mothballed 1978 Dodge Magnum race cars; at the time becoming the youngest driver to win a major-league stock car race. Later in the season, he made his Winston Cup Series debut; again driving a passed down STP Dodge Magnum numbered #42 (a number used by his grandfather Lee Petty) for his family's team. He ran five races and had a ninth-place finish in his first series race at Talladega. In 1980, he made a total of fifteen starts in the #42 (after crashing the last of his father's Dodge Magnums in one of the Daytona 125 qualifying races) and had six top-ten finishes (using what ever hand-me-down race car his father could spare), garnering a twenty-eighth place points finish. He began the 1981 season driving his father's #43 for one race, before running a full schedule in his regular #42, finishing in the top-ten ten times and finishing twelfth in points. He began the 1982 season with two top-ten finishes, but later began splitting time between his #42 and the #1 UNO/STP car owned by Hoss Ellington, and ended the season fifteenth in points.

In 1983, he picked up funding from 7-Eleven and switched his number to #7 accordingly. He had only two top-ten finishes but improved to thirteenth in the standings. He followed that season up with six top-tens the following year, but fell three spots in points..


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Several other teams have top Porsche 911 GT3 RS entries, including the Jupiter, Florida-based Orbit Racing team, which caught everyone's attention two years ago when when NASCAR star Kyle Petty passed 10 cars lining up for a "photo" finish on the last turn to pass a competitor for seventh place overall. Petty is back to drive the #43 (what else?) Orbit Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RS, along with car owner and business partner Leo Hindery, Florida yacht dealer Peter Baron, and Porsche factory driver Mark Lieb. Lieb, who won the Porsche Carrera Cup series in Germany last year, co-drove with Alex Job Racing in a Porsche at both Sebring and Road Atlanta in 2002.
http://www.motorsport.com/grandam/photo ... -star-kyle


Orbit Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RS, with Porsche factory driver Marc Lieb, NASCAR star Kyle Petty, Yankees Entertainment Systems President Leo Hindery, and race driver instructor Peter Baron sharing the duties.


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Some news from last year :-)

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. ends losing streak with help from Batman

Did Batman help Dale Earnhardt, Jr. end his four-year losing streak?

The driver won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory on Sunday at the Michigan International Speedway, ending an 143-race drought, driving a special No. 88 inspired by the upcoming Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises.”

“I had a hand in developing or designing all four cars, and this is the black car that we came up with,” Earnhardt told FOXNews.com exclusively last week while testing the car at the two-mile track in Brooklyn, Mich. “It has some of the characters' faces, so it ghosts into the theme, and the logo of the movie itself is on the hood, so we’re excited. We’re happy to be here in Michigan, and we’re looking forward to running this Sunday with the paint scheme, and I hope we’re going to win.”

And he did. Earnhardt pulled away for the final 25 laps of the 400-mile race, crossing the finish line 5.393 seconds ahead of Tony Stewart, an eternity in car racing.


“Yeah, I want to win a championship,” Earnhardt said of his racing goals. “I haven’t won a championship yet. I want to win a lot more races, obviously. I got a lot of years left and lot of drive and determination in me, and this has been one of my best years, so we’re excited about the opportunity to fight for the championship this year.”

Earnhardt is a big fan of the comic book icon that may have become his lucky charm.

“I’m a Batman fan from way back,” Earnhardt explained. “I used to watch the original TV series when I was little, and I’d seen the first movie that they made with Michael Keaton, and every one after that, so I’m a fan of Batman and the Batmobile, and the Tumblers (here at the race track). Being a car guy, I can get into that part of the movie and understand the Batmobile as an icon of film.”

When Earnhardt’s at home in North Carolina, he tools around in a ’48 Chevy pickup truck, and dreams of bringing NASCAR races closer to home.

“I’ve got a driveway, actually,” Earnhardt said with some understatement. “It’s a big loop, and I’ve done all of the work on it myself. I think it’s probably a mile and a half or two miles. But it goes all through the property, and I think that would be an awesome racetrack if we had a race on it.”

Maybe he could invite Danica Patrick for a heat on his driveway?

“She’s actually drives for one of the race teams that I own in the Nationwide series,” said Earnhardt. “Danica’s done a great job for us, so we’ve been real happy to be a part of her success and watch her come into the sport. She brings in a new demographic, a female demographic, and I believe she’ll turn on new race fans to our sport over the next several years.”

When he’s not racing, Earnhardt dreams of returning to Hollywood, perhaps to star in the sequel to “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”

“I’m waiting on the phone to ring,” he laughed.

Earnhardt’s favorite fizzy beverage, Mtn Dew Dark Berry, was also a part of No. 88’s winning formula.

“It’s really, really, really good,” declared Earnhardt. “It’s brand-new, but it’s a limited edition, so I don’t know how long it’ll be around, so you better gobble it up while you can.”


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/20 ... z2MuJPTghB


Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:26 am
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John Lasseter is connected to a ton of animation films
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005124/

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Lasseter oversaw all of Pixar's films and associated projects as executive producer and he directed Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Cars, and Cars 2.

He has won two Academy Awards, for Animated Short Film (for Tin Toy), as well as a Special Achievement Award (for Toy Story).


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lasseter

http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entr ... 0/30073890

John Lasseter in front of Juan Pablo Montoya’s car 42 at Infineon
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Cars 2 at NASCAR’s Infineon Raceway in Sonoma Valley
http://thedisneyblog.com/2011/06/28/car ... ma-valley/

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The name Infineon combines the English word "infinity" with "eon," the ancient Greek word for eternity, in an attempt to call to mind positive associations with the idea of infinity.




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When Steve Page and John Lasseter first met, it wasn't as professionals, but as dads. They lived in the same neighborhood and sat next to each other at Sonoma little league games.

But it didn't take long for the Infineon Raceway president to discover the Pixar chief had a thing for the track.
“It was very clear from when we first met that he was a car nut,” says Page.

The summer NASCAR race at Infineon became an annual ritual for their two families. Lasseter later packed up his family for an epic cross-country RV trip. They traversed Route 66 and tumbleweed gulches in Arizona and New Mexico not unlike Radiator Springs, the animated town left behind by the freeway in the 2006 Pixar film “Cars” that Lasseter co-directed.


http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20 ... /110629833


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Local filmmaker John Lasseter has won two Academy Awards for his work as director on "Toy Story,"

"A Bug's Life," "Monsters Inc." and other projects for Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville. Last year, according to the company proxy statement, Lasseter earned more than $7.1 million in salary and bonuses and recently purchased a Sonoma winery.

But he's also such a die-hard NASCAR guy that he has his own stock car - really - and hot laps it around the track in Sonoma.

"We did a promotion in 1998 at the Atlanta 500," Lasseter says. "Johnny Benson's Cheerios car was painted like 'Woody' (from "Toy Story") and Kyle Petty Jr.'s car was 'Buzz Lightyear.' The heads of Disney bought me the show version of the Cheerios car."

How'd he become a fan? Simple. He went to a race and was standing near the starting line when the engines shook the earth.

"When that green flag goes down it's like the breath is sucked out of you," he says. "There is something so unique and magical about seeing it in person. It is like a carnival. I never understood the theater of it. It's big, heavy and loud."


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Highlighting the BTTF from Lasseter's Cars toons was the last episode
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The series' first broadcast was on October 27, 2008 on Toon Disney, Disney Channel, and ABC Family. Not exclusive to television, some of those episodes have also premiered on DVDs/Blu-rays, or as a theatrical short. So far 11 episodes have been released, with "Time Travel Mater" being the latest. New shorts are expected to be released in 2013

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cars_Toons ... Tall_Tales

Which is extra synchy given the NASCA connection in the series


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Doc Hudson ("Dr. Hudson" or simply "Doc") is an animated, anthropomorphic retired race car who appears in the 2006 Pixar film Cars as a medical doctor and a local judge. Voiced by actor Paul Newman, he is modelled after a 1951 Hudson Hornet.

Doc's stickers say "twin H power", which was an optional dealer-installed dual carburetor intake manifold, with twin 1-barrel carburetors and air filters. It was standard on 1952 model Hornets.[2] Doc was once known as the Fabulous Hudson Hornet (#51), one of the most famous race cars to have ever lived; he won three Piston Cups, and he still held the record for most wins in a single season (27, also the number of NASCAR Grand National races won by Hudson Hornets in 1952.

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At the end of the film, Doc keeps his racing colors, becoming a trainer as well as a friend to the young McQueen. Just like McQueen, Doc learned some lessons: friendship, promises, how greed affects others, and that secrets cannot be kept forever. When a racing museum subsequently opens in Radiator Springs, one entire wing is devoted to his racing career. Much as Junior #8 acknowledges to "The King" that "you've been an inspiration to me", The King indicates "the Hudson Hornet was my inspiration".


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not NASCAR, but racing and a 911...?

Formula 1 chiefs confirm a 19-race season for 2013
"Formula 1's governing body has confirmed there will be 19 races in 2013 after a home could not be found for a 20th race.

A provisional date had been set aside for an additional European race on 21 July but a deal with a host circuit could not be reached.

Turkey, Portugal and Austria had all been touted as possible hosts after a new race in New Jersey was postponed.

The European Grand Prix had already been dropped from the 2013 calendar. "
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/21719741


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ImageWilliamsport, PA -NASA Outreach Coordinator Kirk Pierce poses for a picture with NASCAR driver and television analyst, Kyle Petty. The photo was taken next to the NASA Benefits Car exhibit that was on display in the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum during the 2010 Little League World Series.



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Over the years, NASA has provided technology that not only helps the racing world, but also improves conditions for all drivers while helping to protect the environment. On display will be a quarter-scale NASA Benefits Race Car as well as a Wheel Exhibit, that includes a NASCAR tire, Shuttle tire, Lunar Rover tire, Lunar Tweel (a non-pneumatic tire/wheel combination) and a Spring Tire allowing fans the opportunity to see, touch and compare the wheels of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/new ... 0-033.html


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Rockets to Race Cars Workshop Spins Interest in Tire Rotations on Earth and Mars
http://www.nasatalk.com/blog/article/Bl ... tions.html

The Mars rover tires were built at the Mars Science Laboratory at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. The rover wheels are extra wide to provide more surface area, which allows more space to distribute pressure on the tire. The rover tires also have a zigzag tread, which will help the rover climb up the sides of the crater it is scheduled to land inside of on its initial landing, August 6 at 1:30 a.m. (Eastern Time).

How heavy are the rover tires? There are six tires on the Mars Curiosity rover. Each tire weighs about 15-20 lbs. There is no rubber on these tires. The exterior is 100 percent aluminum and the interior spokes and center hub are made of titanium, which is extremely strong, but flexible and provides the built-in shocks for each rover wheel

Mars Science Lab Curiosity Rover and its tires


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1969 Space Race :-)
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The King of NASCAR at NASA

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