Articles tagged Jeff Gordon

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Long Shadow of the Man in Black

He raced hard, reaped the rewards and divided opinion. Even 10 years after his death Dale Earnhardt’s influence is still being felt in NASCAR It happened 10 years ago on the last lap of NASCAR's traditional season-opening Daytona 500. Everyone was jammed together in a massive pack, feet flat on the throttle in typical restrictor-plate racing style. Running third with no real hope of winning,...

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Market force

Nigel Mansel's thrilling IndyCar victory in New Hampshire was witnessed by only a sprinkling of spectators. NASCAR, so it seems, has a better understanding of the entertainment-conscious US public Anyone who doubts the incredible depth and popularity of NASCAR's Winston Cup series might ask themselves the following question: how would Formula One be affected if two of its leading young drivers...

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Taking stock after F1

Steve Hallam spent a total of 27 years in Formula 1 – 10 years with Lotus and 17 with McLaren. He engineered Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna and Nelson Piquet at Lotus, and ran Gerhard Berger, Senna, Michael Andretti and Mika Häkkinen’s cars at McLaren before becoming director of race operations. But Hallam decided last year would be his final season with the team. He determined to take on an...

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NASCAR in the doldrums

The atmosphere was sombre as Jimmie Johnson wrapped up his third consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championship at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. There were cheers for a hard-fought title battle between Johnson, 33, and Carl Edwards, 29, that went down to the wire, with Edwards winning three of the last five races and Johnson taking the other two. After the marathon 10-month, 36 race...

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Nigel Roebuck

Reflections– The young Germans outshining the older one…– Should there be room for ‘the little guy’ in F1?– A moment with Rindt that money couldn’t buy After qualifying at Monte Carlo, Sebastian Vettel muttered something about traffic being a problem, even though there had been but 10 cars in Q3, the final segment. Doubtless there was something in what he said – Vettel was third-fastest when it...

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Gordon Kirby

Talent is not enough Regardless of what you may think about NASCAR, its field is much deeper than in any other major racing category. There are many competitive cars and drivers, which makes winning a championship very demanding. So to win five in a row is really something, yet Jimmie Johnson has done exactly that as well as recording a record 10th title for the mighty Hendrick Motorsports...

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Gordon Kirby – The US Scene

Benefits of a sprint finish Six years ago NASCAR shook up its long-running series format, which was renowned at that time for rewarding consistency over a long season. Instead, a play-off was introduced among the top 12 drivers in the points, to be run over the year’s final 10 races. Called the ‘Chase for the Sprint Cup’, the idea was derided by many as a devaluation of the traditional...

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Gordon kirby

Boss of the Oval Office The only problem Jimmie Johnson has is that he’s not popular with most NASCAR fans. Johnson is a humble fellow, a quiet Californian who speaks without any Southern twang and has a town house in New York City. He’s also friends with Jeff Gordon, who urged team owner Rick Hendrick to hire Johnson in 2001 and is a co-owner of Jimmie’s car. Many hard-core NASCAR fans dislike...

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Reflections

– Why Fernando Alonso is simply the best – How Alain Prost stoked the wrath of Ron Dennis – Mosport Park one day, Brands Hatch the next – The Rothmans 50,000: good idea, poor execution These days it always surprises me to hear Formula 1 drivers enthusing about the Hungaroring. It is very ‘technical’, they say, and satisfying to get into a low there. By contrast, in 1986, the year of the first...

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Youth movement

Postcard from America In the history of IndyCar racing, 1993 marked something of a watershed. Thanks in large part to the presence of Nigel Mansell, the PPG IndyCar World Series attracted unprecedented international coverage and, in all but a couple of cases, attendance at the events was up and the all-important television ratings showed similar growth. But in addition to remembering 1993 as the...

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