Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Busch turns right

The NASCAR Busch Series is in Mexico this weekend for one of its two road course events of the season. Both are outside the USA.

What's tantalising about this race is the number of drivers with strong road-racing backgrounds:

  • Marcus Ambrose - Australian V8 Supercar champion, and strong performer in last season's Craftsman Truck Series.
  • Scott Pruett - Known these days for sportscar racing, and has good experience at the Mexico City track. Was also very successful in CART.
  • Adrian Fernandez - Lots of success in US open-wheel racing, and now involved in sportscars. Is also Mexican (not sure if that helps or not).
  • Boris Said - Perhaps the most successful road-racer in NASCAR recently. Qualified on pole at this event last year. He's probably got the most stock car experience of the "road-course ringers".
  • Ron Fellows - Ron has been a NASCAR road-course ringer before as well as being hugely successful in sportscar racing, most recently with Corvette.
  • Juan Montoya - After a decent career in F1 that included some wins, Juan is reasonably capable of turning right, and has shown he's pretty damn quick in a stock car.
  • Michel Jourdain Jr. - Always "there or thereabouts" in ChampCar.
A few of these drivers will also be in the Grand-Am Rolex race too, so will have an advantage of increased track time.

Go Boris!

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