Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro…The Home of The Race Report… and Indy Car St.Petersburg

February 28, 2009

Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro

“St. Petersburg’s Premier Waterfront Dining Experience” Whether enjoying a glass of Sauvignon Blanc on our exclusive waterfront dock, or nibbling on our Black Tiger Shrimp Remoulade in our harbor side dining room, Fresco’s is sure to leave the taste of Florida on your palette.

We feature an elegant yet casual waterfront atmosphere located at the entrance of St. Petersburg’s famous waterfront Pier. Guests may arrive by boat, foot or car.

Our New World and Gulf Coast cuisine will tantalize even the most particular of appetites. Guests may enjoy our delicacies 7 days a week for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch on our 3000sqft waterfront deck over looking the Municipal Marina and sparkling Tampa Bay. For our guests convenience, Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro offers a full package license with spirits to go!

Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro Heats up the nights with happy hour specials 2 for 1 drinks 5pm -7pm daily. Thursdays through Sundays we feature live entertainment as well and other specials. Thursdays, ladies drink FREE from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Fridays & Saturday, The Bay Areas best R&B, Soul, Jazz & blues bands hit the stage to bring the house down; and Sundays cool down the weekend with the sounds of reggae.

Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro is located at 300 2nd Ave NE St. Petersburg Fl. 33701 727.894.4429. Open seven days a week visit Fresco’s according to your craving: Monday – Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday: 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m.; Saturday: 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., featuring Sunday Brunch from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Please call 727.894.4429 for more information or visit our website at

Indy Car… and 1490 AM Race Report Recap of Homestead Miami Speedway Testing

February 28, 2009

The first of two IndyCar Series pre-season Open Tests concluded Feb. 25, providing teams and drivers the opportunity to see how off-season developments made in the teams’ shops translated to performance on the racetrack.

The 10 hours of testing on the 1.5-mile, variably banked oval at Homestead-Miami Speedway allowed teams to prepare for the 10 oval races on the 2009 schedule and provided a measuring stick of the competition. The verdict: 2009 promises some of the closest on-track action in the history of the series.

The field of 21 cars was separated by just 0.7196 of a second after 4,698 incident-free laps. Team Penske’s Ryan Briscoe, who finished fifth in the championship last year, recorded the fastest lap at 25.1984 seconds, 212.156 mph, while reigning champion Scott Dixon was second, just 0.0394 of a second behind (25.2378, 211.825 mph). Listen Now


February 28, 2009

Five engine changes…to the back: #18-Kyle Busch blew a motor in his Toyota during Friday’s practice session, changed the engine, then ran a pole-winning lap of 185.995 mph to knock his big brother off the pole. #2-Kurt Busch ran a lap at 185.707 mph. But under NASCAR rules, Kyle Busch will have to drop to the back of the field at the start of Sunday’s race. Third-place qualifier Jimmie Johnson will slide onto the front row next to Kurt Busch during the warm-up laps. #00-David Reutimann and #47-Marcos Ambrose qualified fourth and fifth, but also had to change their motors after their laps and will drop to the back of the field. #83-Brian Vickers, who won the pole last week at California but had to forfeit it because of an engine change, and his teammate #82-Scott Speed also switched motors Friday. In all, five Toyota teams switched motors Friday.(AP/ESPN)(2-27-2009) Listen Now

Goodyear Tire News from Las Vegas

February 28, 2009

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front — 30 psi; Left Rear — 30 psi;
Right Front — 58 psi; Right Rear — 54 psi

Estimated Pit Window: Every 50-55 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be running the same right-side tire code (D-4234) as those in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Las Vegas this weekend, though they will be running a different left-side code (D-4232) . . . Listen Now

World of Outlaws Wrap-up: The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

February 28, 2009

Las Vegas, NV— February 27, 2009— Looking to stay on top: Donny Schatz used his third World of Outlaws win of 2009 on Thursday night at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to extend his lead in the championship standings as he chases his fourth consecutive title. He began the night by turning the fastest lap in qualifying to earn five bonus points. Dating back to the end of last season, Schatz has won five of the last seven A-Feature events for the World of Outlaws. In his last 16 starts in the United States and Australia he has 11 victories. He’ll have a couple of weeks before having a chance to add to this total, as the March 7 event at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville has been postponed due to rain.

 “I love the challenges,” said Schatz. “That is what I am here for. I love being at the races, but this time of the year the weather can be bad and we don’t want to go to some place and get rained out. It is what it is and we’ll go back home and enjoy our time there. When we get back racing, it’s going to be full bore.” Listen Now

Starting Line Up Las Vegas

February 28, 2009

1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 185.995 29.033 Leader
2 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite  185.707 29.078 -0.045
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools  185.688 29.081 -0.048
4 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine  185.624 29.091 -0.058
5 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Kingsford / Clorox / Little Debbie  185.459 29.117 -0.084
6 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation  185.395 29.127 -0.094
7 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 185.382 29.129 -0.096
8 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Pop-Tarts / Carquest  185.312 29.140 -0.107
9 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil  185.281 29.145 -0.112
10 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot  185.217 29.155 -0.122 Listen Now

Vegas front row: Busch, Busch

February 28, 2009

Kyle Busch earned the pole for Sunday’s race at Las Vegas but will start from the back due to an engine change after practice. Qualifying second: His brother, Kurt Busch.


February 28, 2009

The V8 StockCar Series racers don’t need no stinkin’ stimulus package; just the opportunity to turn up the wick on their red hot stock car and GT racers.  They came from as far away as New Hampshire, Vermont, Kansas, Kentucky and the Carolina’s to do battle with the Florida contingent at the series “Winter Heat” openers at PBIR and Sebring.
Running with the PBOC group for the first time at the all new Palm Beach International Raceway many of the V8 Racers took the opportunity to get to know the track on the Friday test day and by Saturday qualifying were already cutting some impressive lap times. Listen Now

Dario Franchitti News

February 27, 2009

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Dario Franchitti was walking from his car to the team’s transporter Tuesday night when a trio of crewman from a rival team strode past. “Welcome back, Dario,” they shouted.

Franchitti smiled and returned the greeting. It’s good to be back home.

The Scot has returned to open-wheel racing after taking a shot at NASCAR following the 2007 season, when he won the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Series championship.

The stock car adventure ended abruptly last July when team owner Chip Ganassi closed Franchitti’s team for lack of sponsorship, with few prospects of finding any backing in the bleak economy. Listen Now

One year after merger… IndyCar Embraces New Challenges

February 27, 2009

IRL driver Scott Dixon, waiting to drive during testing at Homestead, Fla., on Wednesday, is the defending series champion. He won six races last season, including the Indianapolis 500.

More important than the 21 cars at this week’s IRL IndyCar preseason test in Homestead, Fla., was the participation of open-wheel teams that were on the outside looking in this time last year.
For Tony George, the IRL founder and president, the presence of former Champ Car World Series teams marked the latest measuring point in a process that began a year ago, when the rival series resolved 12 years of sniping to unify under the IRL banner. But for all the resulting glee from that 11th-hour agreement, the timing caused many Champ Car teams to miss that test — though another one was later held in Sebring, Fla. — and spend most of the season playing catch-up as they adjusted to new cars, specifications and venues. Listen Now

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