Tuesday, April 21, 2009

From NASCAR and IndyCar Series to a four-door Sedan Porsche.

Whether it’s NASCAR, Motorsports, Automobiles or more entertainment here on RaceDriven.com, I bring you my opinion (because that is what blogging is – someone’s take on any subject) in style, so let’s get started.

1. Topping the list from this past Saturday night’s Subway 500 race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Phoenix has to Mark Martin, Martin grabbed the pole for race, lead 157 of the 312 laps and captured his first victory since 2005 (Kansas), this was also his first win with Hendrick Motorsports.

I highlighted this one for a few reasons, mainly due to as a NASCAR fan who has been following the sport for over 17 years now, I not only have my favorite drivers that I watch every race like Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart, but there are also those drivers like Jeff Burton and Mark Martin that I have respect, so seeing Mark Martin driving for Hendrick Motorsports and get his first victory in since 2005 was an incredible sight to see, he and that entire #5 team deserve it, next will be making the chase for the sprint cup in September.

2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. vs. Casey Mears: The debate now lives on as first, as I was reading the NASCAR Insider where T.C. highlighted ESPN’s David Newton’s latest column on "Junior Rules" (by the way, check out this articles on their T.C. from IN on "Junior Rules", I agree with it), second, NASCAR announced on Tuesday that both DALE EARNHARDT JR. AND CASEY MEARS ARE ON PLACED ON PROBATION FOR NEXT SIX RACES which starts this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

* Dale Jr. thought that Casey Mears had done him wrong by spinning him out late in the Subway 500, so Dale Jr. after the race showed Casey Mears his displeasure by spinning him out on-track just before the pitroad entrance, there was really no danger where he did it, and then Mears came back and hit Junior’s car several times on pitroad going into the garage.

* I don’t believe that there is “Junior rules”, but I will say if there are “Junior rules”, there are “Champion rules” too, like Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, those two come to mind right away, think out it, I don’t believe it, but if one’s there, the other has to be there too.

* The penalty, six-race probation is the same as what Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch got for the exact same incident last August at Bristol. Carl Edwards used the bump and run on Kyle Busch to win, Busch wasn’t happy, so after the race, Busch hit Carl in the door three times and then Carl came back and spun out Busch out, same deal people end of story.

3. Penske Racing reunion: After Helio Castroneves was found not guilty on tax charges last week, Helio returned to the IndyCar Series at the Long Beach Grand Prix driving his #3 Penske Racing Indycar which put the spotlight on not only him who finished 7th Sunday, but his one-race replacement Will Power. In my opinion, Will Power racing in Long beach this past weekend had something to prove not only as the defending winning of the Long Beach Grand Prix, but that he deserves a full-time ride, by the way, mission accomplished.

The Long Beach Grand Prix is known for many things and passing isn’t one of them. For Will Power, it was his first time driving #12 Verizon Wireless Indycar and just like the winner he is, he grabbed the pole on Saturday and then in fuel saving mode, held off a hard charging Tony Kanaan to capture a second place finish in the race, it was a great way to show just what he could do, now if only Penske Racing would put him not only in the Kansas race this weekend, but in the the #12 car for the rest of the season, everyone including the IndyCar Series fans could see just what he can do, well at least according to SPEEDtv, he will be in at Indianapolis.

4. A Four-door Porsche? Earlier this past weekend at the Shanghai Motor Show, Porsche unveiled the Panamera that will go on sale this fall, their first four-door sedan. The Porsche Panamera features either a 4.8-liter direct-injected V8 or Audi's new supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and a hybrid system will join the lineup in 2011. So why is a four-door Porsche sedan so interesting?

My opinion is Porsche, it’s about time you built a four-door sedan, Audi did it and so did BMW, what took you so long. When it comes to the consumers, many of them want a Porsche, but need a four-door, so this might be would they are looking for and try explaining a Porsche coupe to your wife and kids.

To begin with, I can’t afford a Porsche period, second I would rather have an Audi A4 TDI if I could, but third, I have a Porsche Cayman S poster and I have always loved the look of a Porsche, they just have that unique look to them, style is a work of art, yes a car can be a work of art, an amazing thing to look at and also drive, now I can’t want to see this in persona t the next autoshow. (Photo and information credit: Autoblog.com via Porsche)

5. Ending out this list has to be Justin Allgaier, a rookie in the NASCAR Nationwide Series that has impressed me since he qualified for the Nationwide Series race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway last October and at the same time, won the 2008 ARCA Series championship.

In the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 in Phoenix last Friday night was a classic example of just what this rookie contender in the Nationwide Series can do, he rebounded from crashing in qualifying and starting 42nd to battle his way up through the field to finish in the 8th spot just behind another rookie contender Brendan Gaughan who finished 7th. Justin Allgaier, that’s what contending for victories and trying to win rookie of the year is all about.