• Mar 1, 2007

Who ever would have thought a Will Ferrell movie would ever be considered "prophetic," even jokingly? The absurd story of a French racing driver switching over from F1 to stock cars as the last remaining challenge is coming to life again and again. But unlike Jacques Villeneuve (or Colombian driver Juan Pablo Montoya), Jean Alesi isn't gunning for NASCAR. The former Formula One star is the first big name to sign on to the Speedcar Series.

The new racing league will pit 24 drivers against each other in identical 600-hp stock cars in 18 races over 9 weekends across Asia. We hope to get a glimpse at the cars in a few days when Alesi hits the Virginia International Raceway for the first test session on March 5-6. What we know now is that the specially-built cars will feature a tubular fiberglass chassis and power from 600-hp engines built in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The inaugural season of the Speedcar Series, which is backed by F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone, kicks off in November and runs through April 2008.

[Source: Speedcar Series via F1-Live]



I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 6 Comments
      • 7 Years Ago
      I didn't know Borat could drive!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Uhm. I hope I'm just pointing out the obvious to most of the readers here. But clearly the car is in fact a tubular _steel_ chassis with a fiberglass body (ala CASCAR). I realize the original article has the same miss wording, but maybe a little common sense should be applied to posts?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love how completely silly and over dramatic that second guy is in that second photo. The sad thing is, i bet he was serious about that pic...
      -Taylor
      • 7 Years Ago
      nagmashot wrote:

      "NASCAR is for not american F1 racer absolutly NO alternative."

      Huh?

      For of not american Juan Pablo Montoya who is of the F1 runners NASCAR is YES a alternative
      • 7 Years Ago
      The sequel: Cultural Learnings of Nascar for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Taylor Alexander wrote:

      "I love how completely silly and over dramatic that second guy is in that second photo. The sad thing is, i bet he was serious about that pic..."

      I doubt it. That picture is from Will Ferrell's movie "Talladega Nights", as the article mentioned.