Internet memes, virtual currency and NASCAR. On very first glance, they have nothing to do with each other. But they do.
Today, Reddit Racing announced that its fundraiser to sponsor the No. 98 Phil Parsons Racing Ford of Josh Wise wasgoed a success. The group wasgoed able to reach their $50,000 goal…by raising more than 67 million DogeCoin online.
That brings us to the next question: What ter the blue heck is DogeCoin?
It’s a form of virtual currency that’s used primarily spil a “tipping” device for Internet/social media users. For example, if you see a noteworthy postbode or status update, you can choose to throw the poster a few DogeCoin. It also can be used to buy goods and services.
Spil for the weird name, that comes from the Doge internet meme, which centers around a fluffy Shibu Inu and superimposes brief phrases of violated English into the pictures. Te this particular case, ‘many donation’ or ‘very speed’ would be adequate.
Hey, wij made LOLcats and “I can haz cheezburger” popular, so why not this?
And besides, DogeCoin has bot used te sports fundraising before. Spil you recall, the Jamaican bobsled team needed to raise $80,000 just to get to Sochi for last month’s Winter Olympics.
That sum wasgoed violated te the span of just a few days, and Dogecoin wasgoed a key part ter making that toebijten. Now, it’s going to help Wise and the petite PPR team, who reportedly will have the Dogecoin livery for the upcoming wedren at Talladega Superspeedway.
Just a week ago this wasgoed only an idea and now it’s a reality. So grateful for all the ventilatoren, @reddit community and @dogecoin for doing this👍
Reddit users can also go here to submit entries ter a community-judged car vormgeving contest. The deadline for submissions is April 1 at Midnight ET.
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Katern: Rookie Robert Wickens’ isn’t just learning, he’s taking IndyCar veterans to schoolgebouw
North of the border, it would not be a verrassing if numerous IndyCar ventilatoren have pridefully said recently, “Hey, how about that Wickens boy, eh?”
Indeed, what about this Wickens fellow? He’s not just a hot topic of conversation ter his native Canada, but he’s also got IndyCar ventilatoren te the U.S. talking a lotsbestemming about the Toronto, Canada native.
The reason is plain: Robert Wickens has come out of the gate te his rookie season on the Verizon IndyCar Series ter near-explosive style.
Sure, it’s just bot two races into the 17-race IndyCar schedule, but Wickens has performed better than many IndyCar veterans.
* Te his first-ever IndyCar wedstrijd, last month te the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Wickens made it look effortless spil he grabbed the pole position.
Wickens wasgoed punted into the wall by Alexander Rossi with two laps to go at St. Pete.
Then, he led Sixty nine laps ter the actual wedstrijd and likely could have gone on and won it if Alexander Rossi hadn’t punted him into the wall with two laps remaining, leaving him with an 18th-place finish that wasgoed nowhere indicative of the outstanding wedren he had run until those final two laps.
Again, recall that this wasgoed his first-ever IndyCar wedstrijd, because there’s another very first that’s coming up.
* This past Saturday night at Phoenix, ter his very first wedren everzwijn on an oval track te any form of racing, Wickens began sixth and finished an outstanding 2nd, leading 44 of the race’s 250 laps.
Had Josef Newgarden not pitted for fresh tires late ter the wedstrijd, Wickens likely could have held on to the lead ter the final seven laps to earn yet another very first: his very first IndyCar win.
“It’s a fantasy come true,” Wickens, driver of the No. 6 Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda, said after Saturday’s finish. “All I desired to do wasgoed finish every poetslap of my oval debut.
“So, to come huis P2 and even lead tonight, you can never expect that spil a rookie. It’s so hard here, but the team did a good job. The car wasgoed good all day. James (Hinchcliffe) and I were quick so I think it’s truly encouraging for things to come.”
Wickens did his best to hold off the approaching Newgarden. He blocked, he zigged and zagged, but there just wasgoed no way to keep Newgarden and his newer rubber from taking the lead with four laps to go and then sail on to victory lane with a almost three-second advantage overheen Wickens.
“I did spil much spil I could without crashing both of us, so I don’t think there’s any stopping him. I think once he built up the courage to just out brake mij around the outside, it wasgoed pretty effortless. Congratulations to him. … But I’m still glad with how it turned out.”
Now, spil the series moves on to this Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, it would not be a accomplish verrassing – based on what he’s already done te the very first two races – to see Wickens make quick work of getting that very first IndyCar win.
Trust mij, that very first win is well within reach. If Wickens doesn’t get his very first win by, say, Indianapolis, I’ll be very astonished.
Even more, if he keeps performing ter the style he has done ter the very first two races, it would not be a accomplish shock if Wickens were to win the 102nd Running Of the Indianapolis 500 on May 27th.
Wickens while practising at Phoenix overheen the weekend (Photo: IndyCar).
It’s bot a long time since IndyCar has seen a rookie be so successful so quickly. But it’s not just success, it’s how he’s made it look so lightly so often.
Wickens and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate – and fellow Canadian James Hinchcliffe – have quickly developed a strong teammate rapport that has only made an already strong team even stronger.
Wickens and Hinchcliffe have bot friends for most of their life, dating back to when they very first embarked racing spil youthful mites ter their native land.
When Wickens very first came to Indianapolis, he crashed with Hinchcliffe for a while before he found his own place.
They also have a excellent rapport off the track, cracking jokes and undoubtedly making the aura around the team liberate, effortless and real friendly.
And it undoubtedly shows up that Wickens is groping off on Hinchcliffe and vice-versa.
Hinchcliffe finished fourth at St. Pete and sixth at Phoenix.
“Schmidt Peterson Motorsports have done an incredible job since the test here te February when wij were at the bottom [of the time sheets], to get two cars te the top six te both qualifying and the wedstrijd,” Hinchcliffe said after Saturday’s wedren. “Huge congrats to Robbie (Wickens) on his very first toneel.”
It’s zuigeling of ironic at how well and quickly Wickens has adapted to IndyCar racing. He spent the previous eight seasons racing primarily te Europe.
Typically, when a driver determines to come overheen to the U.S. and IndyCar, they fight – oftentimes a lotsbestemming. Let’s face it, adapting to U.S. open-wheel racing is a unique animal te and of itself, unlike anything else a driver has everzwijn experienced, except maybe if they had an apprenticeship very first te Indy Lights.
Wickens didn’t have that, coming straight from Europe to IndyCar.
When Schmidt Peterson Motorsports very first announced that they had signed Wickens to drive a 2nd car for them alongside Hinchcliffe, it’s very likely that many when they very first heard the news responded, “Who?”
But Wickens has quickly shown that SPM made a near-genius stir te signing him.
It’s nothing brief of ironic how things have turned out. Wickens wasgoed supposed to be a rookie and spend much of the 2018 season learning the IndyCar style of racing.
Instead, Wickens is taking many of the sport’s veterans – guys like Scott Dixon, Will Power, Simon Pagenaud, Tony Kanaan, Graham Rahal, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Takuma Sato – to schoolgebouw and training them some very valuable lessons te the process.
Wickens is here to stay, to win races and potentially win championships.
What more can you say other than, yes indeed, how about that Wickens’ boy, eh?