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Michael Andretti eased himself comfortably into the cockpit, his Sparco suit whispering against the corded seatback. Belted, visored and gloved, he was ready to begin familiarizing himself with the newly designed instrument panel of the Ford Cosworth/Lola that had carried him to victory earlier in the CART season. Terry Saxton was the intelligence behind the new design, and waited eagerly for Andretti’s assessment.

“Terry, this temp display needs to be a bit more readable. Can you move it to the top?”

“Sure, Mr. A. I should have thought of that.”

“Everything else seems fine, but I’ll know more once we’re on the track this afternoon. Can I have a cloth?”

“Just a cloth?”

“Cotton, please.”

Terry found a clean white square of cotton and handed it to the famous driver. Andretti tucked the cloth carefully between his legs, then gripped the wheel with both hands and nestled himself tightly against the seat fabric. He paused, stilled himself, gathered his thoughts.

“Pppllplpplpllpllpppll!” His lips flapped against his tongue as he simulated the motor noise, droplets of saliva splattering against the inside of his visor, and threads of mucus dripping slowly from the mouth vents of his helmet onto his sleek silver racing suit.

Date Written: April 20, 2004
Author: Tiddlycove
Average Vote: 3.8333

04/26/2004 Benny Maniacs (4): Yes! YeS! YES!
04/26/2004 Will Disney: This guy's pretty cool, huh?
04/26/2004 Mr. Pony (4):
04/26/2004 TheBuyer (4): vrooom SCREECH...vroom vroom!
04/26/2004 scoop (4): He needs a restrictor plate for his fluids.
04/26/2004 Ferucio P. Chhretan (3): It's pretty freaky that mucous is coming out as well as saliva.
04/26/2004 John Slocum (4): This is very tight. Not altogether funny, but I enjoyed the writing, particularly the phrase '...his Sparco suit whispering against the corded seatback.' Particularly this use of 'whispering.' I almost would have liked it better if the author had stopped at '...gathered his thoughts.'
04/27/2004 Mr. Pony: See, I like the bit where the dude spits all over the inside of his helmet.