• Feb 13, 2007
It's easy to scoff at NASCAR as a sports car enthusiast and fan of other types of motorsports. Heck, even to a British TV presenter, NASCAR offers a lot to ridicule. But as a recently retired seven-time Formula 1 champion, Michael Schumacher seems uniquely qualified to critique this type of automotive entertainment. So he stepped up and said he didn't understand how former competitor Juan Pablo Montoya could be drawn to stock car racing. Perhaps Schumacher's view of NASCAR is a bit naïve, as he was quoted as saying, "What do you do in NASCAR? What is exciting there? I can't see that, running around on ovals."

Obviously Schumacher is unaware that only 90% of NASCAR actually involves running around on ovals. The other ten percent is split between drinking beer, pitching beer, and judging wet t-shirt contests. So there is at least SOME obvious reason to like it. But in answer to Michael's criticism, NASCAR team owner Ray Evernham has extended an open invitation to MS to try a stock car and see what it's like. Evernham apparently thinks some seat time would help change the champ's mind and show off the huge technical strides NASCAR has made in recent years. He wasn't referring to SPEED in HD, and believe it or not, he was serious.

Thanks for the tip, Judd!

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      • 7 Years Ago
      More than a billion people watch F1. Less than 100 million watch Nascar. You decide which is more popular.
      • 7 Years Ago
      In all honesty I don't care about F1 nor NASCAR, both of them are boring to me, both is just driving around in circles (F1 has more turns but it's still a nicely paved road).

      I think the most skilled drivers of them all are the rally drivers ala Loeb or Peterhansel, those guys take a real beating, drive at nights in remote areas where there is no real roads, that takes real skill.

      • 7 Years Ago
      NASCAR is about entertainment. It also requires a different skill set than road course racing; namely, how to use the chrome horn. I think Montoya will have a blast in NASCAR because he can hit as many guys as he wants, and just needs to have the sheet metal bent back!

      I do miss watching Montoya in F1 as he made it exciting. Schumi in a stock would be entertaining... I think he'd just have to get use to driving in the traffic and the love taps, and the school bus handling, and brakes that don't work as well as just lifting off the throttle in a F1 car...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I bet Schumacher would have one hell of a good time racing nascar. I did hear him say he thinks it's too dangerous though, which I have to agree with, as it is actual racing against other human drivers, where as F1 isn't much more than a time trial.

      Racing is Racing, You go out and try to beat the guy next to you with whatever set of wheels and motor you have under you. It's all fun.

      The purist form or racing is running a marathon. It's completely apparent at the end the day who's best and who's not. The rest is just smoke and mirrors.

      One more thing, to say F1 is the pinnacle of racing is just plain ignorant. Put schumacher up against Rossi in MotoGP and he runs 20 seconds a lap slower, (he did try riding a bike by the way, he sucks) Put schumacher in a marathon against a bunch of kenyans and watch him finish at minimum and hour behind.

      All I'm trying to say is comparing is stupid so get off your high horse F1 fans. And Nascar Fans, you don't have to defend it, it's good racing too.

      I like both by the way and think it would be fun to watch him try.

      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't get anything out of NASCAR other than rage because they get ASSLOADS of coverage on SPEED. I don't even need to see the race to know what's going on. They're going to cover every aspect of it when I'm trying to find out what else is going on in motor sports!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Tiago,
      To compare Sebastian Bourdais' initial times in F1 to Gordon's isn't quite the same, as the adjustment for Bourdais wasn't as extreme.

      As far as Gordon wanting to go to F1, but saying nobody wanted him- when did he say this? At the exhibition with JPM, Gordon said he had no interest in going to F1. Why would he take the loss of income to do so? He also said he was being cautious when driving JPM's car, as he didn't want to risk damaging it, so you can't say that he was trying his best. Whether he was or wasn't is something neither you nor I will ever know.

      As far as Nascar drivers wanting to get to F1- name them. Drivers from other series are trying to get into Nascar, such as JPM, Jaques Villeneuve, Sam Hornish, Helio Castoneves, etc, but no one in Nascar has publicly shown interest in taking a pay cut to race F1.

      Also, please explain the lack of strategy in Nascar. If there is no strategy, why do some teams opt for two tire stops, others for four? Why do dome teams conserve their car by riding at the back of the pack until the last 50 laps, while others try to stay out front the entire race? Every form of racing has strategy.

      For the record, I enjoy F1. However, F1 races are essentially like watching time trials with 20 cars on the track at once. The action is rarely close and there are only four or so drivers that have a chance at winning.

      You need to watch the April Nascar race from Talladega, where three dozen cars will be within 1 second of each other at 190 miles per hour. The drivers have to be extremely cautious as they race three wide, 12 deep and can't afford to damage their sheet metal, as the cars are far too aero sensitive.

      Your notion that one series drivers are gods and anothers' are imbeciles is ridiculous. Both series require talent and racing fans respect.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Where's JPM? Fourth in quali for his first Daytona 500. First Time! That speaks to the relative driver skill. Hell them good old boys just heard about that newfangled thing called camber a couple of years ago.

      As far a passing is concerned: Pass, Pass, Pass, Pass, Pass, Pass, Pass, Pass (for 500 miles) is far more mind-numbingly boring than a Ferrari-led procession around San Marino any day.

      Hell! You can turn it off until lap 275 anyway 'cause you know it'll be all passing and some accidents, but nothing matters until about 50 laps until the end when it begins to count.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think everyone is missing the point. You can say it is boring and say there isn't any technology, but in America it is the #1 motor sport. Now I watch Formula 1, but you have to admit with all the technology what are there, maybe 3 passes a race in the top 5 cars? You can take any given field in Formula 1 and there are probably only 4 cars with a chance to win.For any of you outside of America, what Formula 1 did at Indy will take many many years for them to get back where they were, which wasn't far in America. It is like comparing soccer to American football, soccer doesn't stand a chance.
      • 7 Years Ago
      IROC?....how many top F1 drivers take part in it?..

      No NASCAR driver will even be able to last a full F1 race in a F1 car without extensive prior training.The F1 fitness levels are phenomenol..it has to be be with 4 to 5 G forces pushing at you from all sides.

      On the other hand a F1 driver will easily withsatnd a NASCAR race as long as he dosen't get "hit" out of the way.(That is racing?)
      • 7 Years Ago
      don't care about who did or not watch..
      nascar gives me adrenaline maybe becouse the engines roar strong like thunder or something can't explain, oh yeah one thing watching how the drivers change gears clutch and stuff oh that's what touch me at that moment maybe becouse i am a men i feel it that way yeah i thing that's what it is.
      but f1 especiality the blender engine that sounds nop just can't
      • 7 Years Ago
      Each oval is different. It ain't just go fast turn left. As a spectator it may seem that way (until you actually pay attention) but to a driver there's a lot of skill needed to pilot one of these cars. To hit your marks lap after lap as the car changes and weather changes and..... Personally I think Schumacher would have the time of his life out there.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Why is that the F1, Champ Car and Indy drivers don't do very well in IROC? When Jeff Gordon swapped cars with JPM at the Indy F1 track, it took him all of three laps behind the wheel to record times that would have qualified him third for the F1 race there?"

      Because that's a complete lie. Jeff Gordon made his best lap at 1:16.5, and Jarno Trulli made 1:09.566 in Friday's qualifying.

      Jeff Gordon's time would put him at dead LAST, even on Saturday's qualifying... behind quite inferior cars to the Williams he was using.

      http://www.formula1.com/archive/grandprix/2003/32/7.html
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