ESPN Music: Pocono 400
June, 15, 2012
By Dave Wilson | ESPN.com
Jerome Miron-US PresswireSuddenly, Vanilla Ice is everywhere again, including the Pocono winner's circle with Joey Logano.Vanilla Ice had a meteoric rise, selling more than 13 million copies of his debut album, "To The Extreme."
He faced an equally potent backlash, falling out of favor and recasting himself as a rap-metal artist and a reality TV star alongside other fallen idols on "The Surreal Life."
With a starring role in the new Adam Sandler movie "That's My Boy," Ice has come full circle as "Uncle Vanny," who cruises around in an old-school Mustang 5.0 convertible.
And Rob Van Winkle, as he now prefers to be called, has emerged from the shadow of the Iceman. The post-hype anger has subsided, and instead a friendly, cheerfully corny entertainer is grinding out interviews for the movie and his home-renovation show "The Vanilla Ice Project" on DIY Network.
"I'm a random guy. I shake a hand and make a friend. I don't do egotistical things," Van Winkle says. "I meet everybody. If somebody invites me to their house and they got a drum set close, I'm going to play, man. Let's jam. I don’t care. Get in where you fit in and enjoy the experience."
Decidedly low-maintenance, the man who once cooked MCs like a pound of bacon left ESPN and headed over to the nearby Chili's for some veggie fajitas.