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Old 30 Jul 2002, 21:24 (Ref:346676)   #1
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Wouldn't it be great? F1 drivers in IROC

There used to be several f1 drivers in the International Race of Champions. (IROC) Equal cars, no team support, road courses and ovals. If F1 drivers are so good, why dont they prove it given a chance. Sans the superficial reasons. (Money, travel, America doesnt have their kind of wine.) Wouldn't you like to see f1 drivers in an all out fight with the best. The series is lacking a bit, but is still one of the most coveted championships in the US. Add a rally driver, and Lemans champ. A real fight
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Old 30 Jul 2002, 21:29 (Ref:346683)   #2
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IMO, I think that if they did particiipate, that they would be disappointing in their performances. Therefore making the series look even more like a joke here in the U.S.
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Old 31 Jul 2002, 01:35 (Ref:346824)   #3
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When IROC started, it was really something to see. Porsches at Riverside with F1, Indycar, sports car, touring car, and NASCAR drivers all duking it out.

Nothing like that anymore, it's really viewed as a joke anymore in road racing circles.
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Old 31 Jul 2002, 03:36 (Ref:346856)   #4
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Thank you Lee! It is basically aplace for the NASCAR boys to go and beat on each other some more. They still have Al Jr., Eddie Cheever for cryin out loud but no Jeff Gordon or Paul Tracy or...you get the picture. Remember the first year or two they had identical Porsches and the roundy-round boys REALLY went roundy-round! Trailing throttle oversteer, anyone?

Right now this whole thing is a media "event" no more and no less with the venues and the cars well suited to our visitors from "WWF on Wheels."

Pardon me, my bias is showing!
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Old 1 Aug 2002, 20:51 (Ref:348133)   #5
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Pardon me, my bias is showing!
No pardon required John. When IROC started up I went out of my way to watch it. Some of the races were even on road courses as I recall. It has evolved into a stepchild of NASCAR and is no longer of the slightest interest.
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Old 1 Aug 2002, 21:09 (Ref:348143)   #6
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I seem to remember that Martin Brundle did it a few years ago, and did pretty well until the 'Good Old boys' of NASCAR deceided they didn't like this foreigner beating them and took him out in the last race.
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Old 1 Aug 2002, 21:55 (Ref:348178)   #7
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If IROC was really a International Race of Champions, it would be awesome if it looked like this.

Drivers:
F1 - Micheal Shumacher, Juan Pablo Montoya
CART - Christiano De Matta, Paul Tracy
NASCAR - Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin
IRL - Gil De Ferran/Helio Castroneves, Sam Hornish, Jr.
Sprints - Steve Kinser, Danny Lasoski
Le Mans - Tom Kristensen, Ron Fellows
Rallying - Tommi Makinen, Colin McRae

Tracks:
Daytona
Indianapolis (Oval)
Monaco
Le Mans

Cars:
Porsche 911

This would definatly improve IROC alot. In my mind atleast.

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Old 1 Aug 2002, 22:49 (Ref:348208)   #8
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If we're only doing 4 tracks? Gotta be Indianapolis, Nurburgring Nordschliefe & GP course combined, Suzuka or Bathhurst, and Jacarapagua (Rio).

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Old 1 Aug 2002, 23:20 (Ref:348226)   #9
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Now that I think about it, it would need more than 4 tracks to show who is the best. But Lee, you must admit, you'll have to have Daytona there too, for the NASCAR guys.
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