NASCAR feels the Michael Schumacher effect thanks to Jimmie Johnson

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Domination by one driver was the name of the game in F1 in the first half of the decade. Michael Schumacher and Ferrari swept all before them as he won five consecutive drivers’ championships. But that sort of thing doesn’t happen in NASCAR, where every race is decided by a slipstreaming battle to the chequered … Continue reading NASCAR feels the Michael Schumacher effect thanks to Jimmie Johnson

BBC F1 is great but motor sport coverage in Britain is getting worse

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BBC F1 are doing a marvellous job in their first year back as F1’s broadcasters in Britain. That much is clear on the live blogs whenever fans outside Britain get a glimpse of BBC’s work and comment on how good it is. But although it’s great to finally see some improvement in Formula 1 broadcasting, … Continue reading BBC F1 is great but motor sport coverage in Britain is getting worse

Digger: NASCAR’s F1-hating gopher (Video)

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Gather round young ‘uns! Digger’s gonna teach y’all’ ’bout the evils of foreigners and their funny-lookin’ racin’ cars… NASCAR’s cartoon gopher Digger lampoons F1 in this hilariously bad cartoon from a recent race. Yeah, it sucks, but it’s a lot better than Talladega Nights… In case you’re wondering what a gopher called Digger has to … Continue reading Digger: NASCAR’s F1-hating gopher (Video)

Jimmie Johnson is NASCAR’s #1 again – but how would he fare in Formula 1?

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Jimmie Johnson won the NASCAR title for the third year in a row last week. In the past six years he’s also been runner-up twice, in 2003 and 2004. He doesn’t fit the NASCAR stereotype of a drawling redneck: Johnson is from California and flies to races in a Gulfstream jet. He’s also clearly one … Continue reading Jimmie Johnson is NASCAR’s #1 again – but how would he fare in Formula 1?

Renault join Ferrari’s call for softer tyres

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At the beginning of the month Ferrari claimed Bridgestone’s choice of harder tyres was disadvantaging them. Now Bridgestone has revealed its tyre choices for the final four races of the season and again it is bringing a harder set of tyres to one round – Interlagos, for the Brazilian Grand Prix. And now Renault as … Continue reading Renault join Ferrari’s call for softer tyres

NASCAR has its own ‘Indianapolis 2005’ – but the race goes on

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We all remember the debacle of a ‘race’ F1 put on at Indianapolis in the 2005 United States Grand Prix. Yesterday NASCAR suffered its own version at the very same venue, albeit running the full oval rather than the road course. NASCAR managed to put on a full race, of sorts, with a full field. … Continue reading NASCAR has its own ‘Indianapolis 2005’ – but the race goes on

Dario Franchitti should swallow his pride and return to Indy Car after being dropped by his NASCAR team

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Dario Franchitti has been dropped as a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver by Chip Ganassi Racing. He will no longer compete in the top tier of the championship, and it remains to be seen whether he’ll now race in the Nationwide or Craftsman Trucks series. I’m no fan of NASCAR and I thought Franchitti’s decision to … Continue reading Dario Franchitti should swallow his pride and return to Indy Car after being dropped by his NASCAR team

Sense of irony failure as Sky slags off ITV motorsport coverage

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Regular readers will know of my displeasure with Sky’s practice of missing live Indy Car racing to bring NASCAR instead. And yet on their motoring blog is happy to knock ITV for the quality of their F1 coverage: Desperate to sponge the most revenue out of this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix, ITV put an ad … Continue reading Sense of irony failure as Sky slags off ITV motorsport coverage

F1 blogs review: Champ Car and IRL merge

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The Champ Car World Series and Indy Racing League have ended their 12-year feud and joined back together, a move that could have interesting consequences for Formula 1. Also in the F1 blogs this week, video of Juan Pablo Montoya wrestling, Spyker describe Formula 1 as a ‘massive bleeder’, F1 Racing gets a new editor … Continue reading F1 blogs review: Champ Car and IRL merge

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