Kimi Raikkonen’s NASCAR Trucks debut up close

Guest articlesPosted on | Author Jamey Price

Lewis Hamilton had his first taste of NASCAR at Watkins Glen last week. But his former rival Kimi Raikkonen has taken things a step further, starting a couple of races in NASCAR’s junior categories. Jamey Price was at Charlotte Superspeedway last month to watch Raikkonen’s first race in a NASCAR Truck. I have long been … Continue reading Kimi Raikkonen’s NASCAR Trucks debut up close

NASCAR feels the Michael Schumacher effect thanks to Jimmie Johnson

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

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

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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?

Olympians, like F1 drivers, told to keep their celebrations under control

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The international running-and-jumping festival Olympics finally came to a close over the weekend. As a sporting event it?s not really to my taste as there aren?t any racing cars involved, and apparently never will be. Oh well. What I find just as disappointing is the organisers take the same dim view of victory celebrations as … Continue reading Olympians, like F1 drivers, told to keep their celebrations under control

2009 Indy Car calendar revealed: Long Beach and Toronto in, Nashville out (Indy Car)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The 2009 Indy Car calendar has been announced and there are three big changes. The Nashville oval is out and two of the top ex-CART/Champ Car venues join the schedule. Both are street tracks: the first is Long Beach, the iconic CART venue once used for Formula 1, which will hold the second round of … Continue reading 2009 Indy Car calendar revealed: Long Beach and Toronto in, Nashville out (Indy Car)

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

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

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

What F1 can learn from NASCAR II

Posted on | Author Robert McKay

Regular F1 Fanatic commenter Robert McKay has written a guest article looking at what F1 can learn from NASCAR – a subject we’ve looked at here before. Here’s his take on America’s favourite motor sport. I?ve recently started watching Sky?s NASCAR coverage. Readers of Keith?s other blog, Maximum Motorsport, will know he?s a bit annoyed … Continue reading What F1 can learn from NASCAR II

Sense of irony failure as Sky slags off ITV motorsport coverage

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

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