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Post by Ian-S » 2 months ago

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Well first off, he'll have to progress up the license ladder in NASCAR, which means doing races now, before the end of this season, then he will have to finish a lower series event on a super speedway, which means either the Friday night truck race before the 500, or the ARCA race the week before.

Nobody gets to skip this, even Danica had to do it and she was like a promotional gift horse given to NASCAR. Unlike Indycar, you can't just rock up, do 20 clean laps, and be granted a license, NASCAR has a rather strict licence system which up until last year, was far stricter than anything Indycar or F1 offered, which for a series born from rednecks wanting to transport booze from one side of the country to the other, is quiet surprising.

So erm, nope, when he gets told about this, along with having only two slots and having to do it on time alone, he decide against it, too much hassle for something he probably wouldn't even qualify for in a Levine Family park n start car (because nobody will give him a decent seat for a one off event).

This is just another one of those non-stories born from the necessity of someone having to fill a column and a lot of assumptions made because someone said "that's interesting", but of course it'll be breaking news on BBC and Sky next week as a result.
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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 2 months ago

Just another never say never when you are an almost unemployed racing driver with 'options'. Spin the hype exercise.

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Post by kals » 2 months ago

Media: "Hey Fernando, what do you think about racing in [INSERT RANDOM SERIES HERE]?"
Alonso: "Yes, it would be interesting"
Random Series: "Please come join us, you're always welcome"
Media: "Alonso says he'd consider racing [INSERT RANDOM SERIES HERE]"
Fans: "OMG ALONSO IS GOING TO TRY [INSERT RANDOM SERIES HERE]"

Alonso's name is now being used not only for self-promotion purposes but also to increase the attractiveness of every other global series. He's being pimped out. I'm so bored of his / this shit. Enough of the faux foreplay. Next we'll see him being linked to joining this...

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Post by John » 2 months ago

kals wrote:
2 months ago
Media: "Hey Fernando, what do you think about racing in [INSERT RANDOM SERIES HERE]?"
Alonso: "Yes, it would be interesting"
Random Series: "Please come join us, you're always welcome"
Media: "Alonso says he'd consider racing [INSERT RANDOM SERIES HERE]"
Fans: "OMG ALONSO IS GOING TO TRY [INSERT RANDOM SERIES HERE]"

Alonso's name is now being used not only for self-promotion purposes but also to increase the attractiveness of every other global series. He's being pimped out. I'm so bored of his / this shit. Enough of the faux foreplay. Next we'll see him being linked to joining this...
It's not that far fetched, he tested the series back in 2015.

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Post by Antonov » 2 months ago

and he owns an apartment in Dubai.

it would certainly add a new dimension to the 'Camel Trophy'

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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 2 months ago

kals wrote:
2 months ago
Media: "Hey Fernando, what do you think about racing in [INSERT RANDOM SERIES HERE]?"
Alonso: "Yes, it would be interesting"
Random Series: "Please come join us, you're always welcome"
Media: "Alonso says he'd consider racing [INSERT RANDOM SERIES HERE]"
Fans: "OMG ALONSO IS GOING TO TRY [INSERT RANDOM SERIES HERE]"

Alonso's name is now being used not only for self-promotion purposes but also to increase the attractiveness of every other global series. He's being pimped out. I'm so bored of his / this shit. Enough of the faux foreplay. Next we'll see him being linked to joining this...
He will never go for it.... drivers are optional and more likely to be robots....
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Post by SB83 » 2 months ago

Ian-S wrote:
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Well first off, he'll have to progress up the license ladder in NASCAR, which means doing races now, before the end of this season, then he will have to finish a lower series event on a super speedway, which means either the Friday night truck race before the 500, or the ARCA race the week before.

Nobody gets to skip this, even Danica had to do it and she was like a promotional gift horse given to NASCAR. Unlike Indycar, you can't just rock up, do 20 clean laps, and be granted a license, NASCAR has a rather strict licence system which up until last year, was far stricter than anything Indycar or F1 offered, which for a series born from rednecks wanting to transport booze from one side of the country to the other, is quiet surprising.

So erm, nope, when he gets told about this, along with having only two slots and having to do it on time alone, he decide against it, too much hassle for something he probably wouldn't even qualify for in a Levine Family park n start car (because nobody will give him a decent seat for a one off event).

This is just another one of those non-stories born from the necessity of someone having to fill a column and a lot of assumptions made because someone said "that's interesting", but of course it'll be breaking news on BBC and Sky next week as a result.
Has that process ever been clearly laid out though? Or like most of NASCAR's 'rules', it's written in invisible ink. The only criteria I was sure about is he has to do atleast one ARCA race at a superspeedway before he can run Daytona.

I know Montoya, Ambrose and Danica worked their way up the ladder but they were actually planning on a career in the top level, so it was in their own best interest to work their way up but I think for having someone of Alonso's stature in the Daytona 500, they will just tell him to run the ARCA deathmatch before it.

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Post by Ian-S » 2 months ago

I think it's a set in stone invisible ink rule.
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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 2 months ago

Im getting a bit bored with rules being re-written around Alonso. Yes, I know it is great publicity for Motor Sport in general, but there comes a point where the novelty wears off. We have historically had the WEC calendar written around his schedule.... all getting boring.

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Post by Antonov » 1 month ago

Did anyone see the Las Vegas NASCAR race? I thought it was better than the F1 race in Singapore.

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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 1 month ago

Did not even cross my mind. Not even slightly.

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Post by erwin greven » 1 month ago

Didn't watch. Can barely be bothered anymore.
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Post by Michkov » 1 month ago

Watched the last 15 laps or so since it ran long and was on my usual Indycar stream. Not impressed by the race directory

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Post by Ian-S » 1 month ago

It was, for a NASCAR race on a cookie cutter, fairly entertaining and probably more entertaining (crash-wise) than every other race that day combined, but this was mainly because they had never raced there at this time of year on this track and they all lost their shit over it, normal service will resume this week at Richmond though.
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Post by Antonov » 1 month ago

what is the best sort of oval for NASCAR?

as far as I understand "cookie-cutters" are associated with bad. They are like Vegas, Kansas, Chicago, California?

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Post by SB83 » 1 month ago

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what is the best sort of oval for NASCAR?
Something like Martinsville, where aero is virtually a non-factor and it's all about barging past your opponents with a lot of casual (and sometimes not so casual :twisted: ) fender banging.

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