Friday, March 30, 2007

2007 actually started in 2006

On the day after the Thanksgiving holiday here in America, on what's known as "Black Friday" or the busiest shopping day of the Christmas holiday season, on Friday, November 24th, 2006, the press release from Vodafone McLaren Mercedes read:

"Long-term McLaren and Mercedes-Benz protégé Lewis Hamilton has been confirmed as a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes racing driver and will make his debut at the opening round of the 2007 Formula 1 World Championship in Australia. 21-year-old Lewis will join World Champion Fernando Alonso racing the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-22 during the 2007 season with both Pedro de la Rosa and Gary Paffett continuing as test drivers."

And with that, history was made as young Mr. Hamilton became the first black racing driver to contest the World Driving Championship.

Being a black man and an autoracing enthusiast myself, I thought it would be fun to follow Lewis' first season as if I were in his capable driving shoes. Fantasy F1, if you will. Just having fun... I hope you'll join me for what promises to be a very exciting season of top notch autoracing.

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