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|Simona de Silvestro not only had fun at an Anaheim Ducks game, she came away with a team to root for long term.|
Hockey is a pretty big sport in Switzerland and I watched it a lot growing up, but since moving to the U.S. I haven’t really followed it that much. Indianapolis doesn’t have an NHL team, so that doesn’t make it easy, either. It’s not as much fun when you don’t have someone to root for.
I met Jonas Hiller at last year’s season finale in Fontana. Turns out he’s the goalie for the Anaheim Ducks (and a really good goalie at that.) He was nice enough to invite me to the Ducks game the Wednesday before the Long Beach race. He didn’t end up playing, which was disappointing. I think since they already had made the playoffs the coach was resting him and getting their other goalie some more playing time.
I had fun anyway. I thought it was kind of funny that I was driving a Chevy Volt to a Honda arena. I love driving for Chevy! I also ran across Pork Chop’s cousin Puck and took a picture with him. For those of you who may not know, Pork Chop is the race car I drove after my crash at Indy in 2011. To be honest, I didn’t see any family resemblance.
I also got a kick out of the “oblivious-cam.” One minute, 37 seconds doesn’t seem long until you spend it watching a guy texting on the big screen. Shoot, I could do a lap at Long Beach in way less time than that. But it was still kind of funny.
The Ducks ended up losing to Columbus in overtime, which was a bummer especially since Graham Rahal was at the game rooting for Columbus. All-in-all it was a fun way to start off the Grand Prix weekend, and now that I have a team to support I plan to start watching more hockey again.