Darrell Waltrip is no stranger to going fast. After all, he's got three Winston Cups to his name and 84 race wins at the pinnacle of stock car racing.

But you see, he's used to driving. On ovals. So when they flew him Down Under as part of Speed's coverage of the Bathurst 1000 – one of the most recognizable events in the V8 Supercars series – he got an entirely different perspective: one from the passenger seat, riding shotgun in a Holden Commodore around the Mount Panorama circuit. We'll let the video after the jump for itself, but suffice it to say Waltrip had the ride of his life.



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      kevsflanagan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I watched most of this race on Saturday. He was HORRIBLE!!! By the gods I wanted his mic to cut out. He kept on trying to draw comparisions to NASCAR to the race and yeah it was just bad. The other announcers usually work together and have a certain flow and he was at times the odd man out. Was rather sad when you can tell when the other announcers are giving Waltrip a give-me so he can speak and say something relevant. I now seriously wish I took some notes on the horrible comparisons lol.
        ack154
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kevsflanagan
        I was actually really concerned when they said it was going to be live with SPEED announcers - and even more so when they said that DW was one of them. Truth be told, it was not as awful as I was expecting - but I would have MUCH rather watch the feed from channel 7 (or whatever it is we usually get).
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kevsflanagan
        He has ALWAYS been horrible. Case in point: Earlier this year, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick got into it in the last laps of a race. Resulting in Kevin Harvick losing the race. They met in pit lane, Harvick got out, and Busch drove forward in Harvick's car. The car then rolled forward with quite some force and hit the pit wall. Waltrip then said, "OH MY GOD! HIS CAR DROVE AWAY BY ITSELF!". He's the Madden of NASCAR. His favorite driver is Kyle Busch and all he talks about is Kyle Busch, just as Madden couldn't stop talking about Brett Favre.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          By the way, don't get me wrong. I LOVED DW as a driver. He is one of the greats and always will be. He's just not that great of a broadcaster. I'm sure the wick on his driving candle was relit once he got a ride in this car, though.
      ابوذر ڀرڳڙي
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ricky Bobby?
        snap_understeer_ftw
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ابوذر ڀرڳڙي
        actually, Waltrip was a major source of material for the characterization Ricky Bobby
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does it please anybody else that DW actually honestly and truly enjoyed this lap? gives me hope for the lay NASCAR fan
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      The coverage this weekend was excellent. Kudos to Speed. I agree DW wasn't great, I don't listen to NASCAR races so I don't know how he usually is, but he was a bit lost on this. Not that he didn't say anything useful, but he really didn't pull much weight. The quality of coverage for this race was several times better than ALMS or Grand Am gets from Speed. It was better in some ways than the usual V8 Supercars coverage, but in other ways worse since the US crew isn't as familiar with the series as the Aussies who do the normal coverage. Either way, I am jealous. DW said the reason he was so surprised wasn't the fact that it wasn't an oval, but that he didn't expect a hot lap. He said he doesn't even get into NASCARs anymore for laps because he doesn't like crawling through window openings at his age. So when he got in there and got a lap at nearly 10/10ths he was taken aback.
        LJSearles
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        Horse ****. Speed's coverage was terrible. They missed far too much action with ads and NASCAR/F! updates. They couldn't even get the drivers names right half the time. Thank God for proxy's and being able to watch the Aussie telecast online. Also, torrents.
        Masschine
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        Darrell's a bit lost on his NASCAR coverage as well. It was an entertaining race but anyone who complains about NASCAR's rolling billboards again should be forced to look at those rolling eyesores for a few hours in a white room.
      Phil T
      • 3 Years Ago
      And for any one that missed it here is one of the best finishes in this race ever...with the Aussie commentary. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFdHJRG0jsA Btw its a 174 metre (571 feet) elevation change from pit straight to the top of skyline...
      FriskyDingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      And this video really says it all about NASCAR.
      David Lloyd
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess DW discovered that in racing, cars can turn right!
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @David Lloyd
        He raced during the years NASCAR was first venturing into driving on road courses...
      mnoswad1
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really wanted to enjoy this race, but once I heard the american nascar announcers , I lost all interest. I cant stand the darrell waltrip style of race commentary. I feel embarrassed to watch anything that he is commenting on. I cant stand that hillbilly accent, and I'm from Ohio. I though I was gonna hear a bunch of aussie blokes announcing their own race. If they bring v8 supercars or german DTM cars to america for a race...........keep the nascar guys away from it!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      mrx19
      • 3 Years Ago
      Congrats to Speed for the broadcast. DW was OK but I could have lived without him. Great circuit with modern, technology relevant cars. Why can the rest of the world do this and NASCAR continues to be hopelessly mired in the 1970's?
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mrx19
        Technology relevant cars? The only technology in these cars are the engine and the suspension. They run solid axles (as seen in the video). The Commodores aren't even production based vehicles. They're built on a spec chassis to meet size regulations, in which the Commodore is shorter in length than the production Commodore. Next year, the whole series will be running one spec engine built by an American engine manufacturer not related to Ford or GM.
          LJSearles
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Both the Falcon and Commodore are shorter than their road going name sakes.
      kmrk
      • 3 Years Ago
      hilarious!!! It looks like Will Farrell is doing a comedy
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      He has an average finish of 13th at Watkins Glen, so he isn't a total stranger to road courses. He is always worth a few laughs.
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