DOF_Renault_BMW, on May 18 2008, 04:05 PM, said:
Still think Schumi would kiss a** in the NASCAR <ish> Cup ... with team Ferrari CUP spearheaded by Todt + Brawn + Byrne + no. 2/3/4 team-mates.
He drove at Texas Motor Speedway in 2002. Pole speed in 2002 was 194.224 mph. Schumi barely broke 165 before he scared himself out of it.
Schumacher is a great driver, but the transition wouldn't have been any easier for him than it was for Montoya, Villeneuve, Speed, Franchitti, Hornish, Carpentier, etc. I think Schumi, like JPM, would have an advantage over some others because he's not afraid to mix it up with the other drivers. I think that after a year in
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Nationwide with some CTS and ARCA, he could turn out to be better than any of the other current transitional drivers.
I think, of all transitional drivers, you'll see the most successful were the ones from an oval background from day 1. Tony Stewart was the 1997 IRL champion, and he came from USAC midgets.
Speaking of USAC midgets, any of you Americans out there remember Friday Night and Saturday Night Thunder on ESPN? No? I'm alone?
Damn shame. The first racing I watch was USAC. Damn, do I love midgets and sprints.
Anyway, the F1 drivers do have one advantage: they are used to a style of racing where the engineer makes decisions and driver feedback is minimal. The veteran drivers have fallen off the map because they are used to driving by touch, feel, and sound, and in new NASCAR you're supposed to listen to your crew chief and do as they say. The value of the driver has declined in NASCAR, and I can't stand it.