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Speed Reading: Four international drivers shift gears into NASCAR
|International Association of Stock Car Racing|
What in the wide, wide world of sports is going on here?
For those of us who have been around NASCAR for the last decade, it is nothing short of bizarre to see the sudden rush of international and open wheel racers proclaiming their interest in taking a shot at stock car racing. During NASCAR's first five decades, it was frequently the target of the global racing set. They referred to stock cars as "taxi cabs" and oval racing as boring. Of course, that was when Indy Car racing dominated the minds of American racing fans and sponsors. And "The 500" was run in Indianapolis, not Daytona.
Isn't it funny what money can do?
It is perhaps the most fitting time of the year for such a United Nations of Rumors to suddenly get cranked up. During open wheel's heyday, the Indy 500 was a time for driving stars from across the globe to descend on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway begging for jobs. These days, the biggest race at IMS isn't the 500Â¿it's this Sunday's Brickyard 400. And once again, Gasoline Alley will become racing's biggest job fair.
So here is a crash course for NASCAR fans who may not know much about the names that keep popping up in the stock car rumor mill.
Ryan McGee is the managing editor at NASCAR Images. He can be reached at his e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.