Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Charles in Charge

I've finally found time to praise a great guy known to many Democrats, Charles Burns, who used to work the "body detail" for Governors Evan Bayh and Frank O'Bannon. Being ready to take a bullet, though, didn't earn him the name recognition of his most famous "body detail" to date.

As current head of security for the Indianapolis Motor Speedwway, Burns was the guy who "redirected" Danica Patrick off the track during her "march to Briscoe" after her potential top-five finish was wiped out in pit row.

Charles appears stylishly suited between 2:24-2:37 in the video. As you can see, he's quite the diplomat and presence, as Danica acknowledged in a recent interview:

Q. What's more intimidating, going into turn one at Indy for the first lap or Charles Burns saying no?

DANICA PATRICK: Well, Charles is security. So the primary word being "secure." Indy you've got nothing that's a hundred percent secure. It's definitely more scary when your car is uncomfortable at Indy going into turn one. I mean, I can tell you that I never made a whole lap flat in the race so longs as I was in it. When the car is not right at Indy, it's the most difficult track. So definitely turn one.

Q. How intimidating was Mr. Burns?

DANICA PATRICK: Charles (Burns) and I are friends. He was looking out for me. He is not intimidating to me. But I do listen (laughter).

Any ugly incident involving the golden child of IRL doesn't serve anybody associated with the sport, so Ipopa (phonetically "eye-pop-uh") gives him crazy kudos. Well done, Charles.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have replayed that tape several times and my son swears that Danica looks exactly like a Power Ranger, the blue one.
I'm not going to be the one to suggest it Danica really needs her agent to get her a gig on the Power Ranger show.
Now go back and look at that tape again and tell me Danica doesn't look like a Power Ranger with her helmet on.
My son loves the blue Power Ranger
the most.
I Danica becomes a new Power Ranger then Speedway security wouldn't dare mess with her.