Race Day Coming!

Back when I was racing SCCA sports cars, an endurance race was six hours — one hour of racing, four hours of fast driving, then another hour of racing. Just street sports cars, modified of course but driven to the course. Cost was on us, no sponsors.

Don’t bend it, you own it!

Today, it is 24 hours and that’s 24 one-hour sprints! This weekend it is the Rolex 24 of Daytona. This American race can’t compete yet with the 24 Hours Of Le Mans, but it grows each year in International Drivers and cars.

I’ll be glued to the TV this weekend —outside in 75 degree weather. Minerva!

Bring me another iced tea, extra lemon please!

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Venezuela is Russia’s Tool

The dance in Venezuela has many more involved exterior players than the US.

Russia has invested $23 billion (they can ill afford) in Venezuela, including partial ownership of five oil fields and strong financial support of the Venezuelan military. There are $17 billion in loans!

Russia wanted to make Venezuela a vassal State on the South American continent, and it looks like its bet has failed.

Of course the game is not yet over. The military has not weighed in, and that is a game breaker. Whomever it sides with has a two possession advantage with two minutes to play. You can bet that several Generals are weighing the odds, with better information than we have.

Hundreds of thousands in the streets is a big signal, as is the fact that the US can move militarily very quickly if it desires. Russia may well shout a lot but, logistically, it is weak.

The current Maduro regime has the political support of Bolivia, Turkey, Russia, and Cuba. That is not a strong hand.

Supporting the new regime are most of the South American nations, Canada and the United States. Mexico is trying to have the center, but there is no center. Venezuela is expecting 10 million % inflation, and that means that a $.50 cup of coffee this month will cost $800 in December. The efforts of the government to print money has been defeated, and the economy has failed.

Three million people have fled to surrounding countries, 18,000 Doctors alone. The crises is coming to a head.