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November 25, 2008

Fresh Idea for Mr. Chitwood or Mr. Gossage

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 11:41 am

Probably more Eddie for reasons to be understood in a moment. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has a radio show on XM Satellite Radio. It is actually a pretty un-boring show because he does not confine it to the standard boilerplate in which all he talks about is NASCAR in every granular detail. He features guests from all walks of life, including music, entertainment and other racing series.


Last Friday on his season closer, he had Danica Patrick on again. They discussed the relative differences between driving a ‘stock’ car and an Indy Car. Danica expressed willingness to trade and Dale was not turned away by the suggestion. He did say he could not do it at Indianapolis. He is like a lot of other NASCAR legends, most notably Richard Petty, who always enjoyed watching Indy but not driving an Indy Car there.


This is where Eddie comes in. He told Danica he would try a mile and half track in an Indy Car (he likes Chicagoland) and asked which one she thought was easiest. She told him Texas because you can still drive a ‘crap’ car fast.


There is the idea. Remember the publicity swap Jeff Gordon and Juan Montoya did a few years ago at Indianapolis? Just such a stunt with Danica and Dale could have the same type of attraction.


Perhaps it might even lure Dale Jr. from the ‘stock’ cars. More likely: Someone might talk Danica into becoming the next aspiring open wheeler to try the ‘stock’ cars for a living.


The publicity is probably worth an effort.



  1. This is certainly a fun idea. I’d love to see it happen. I don’t think it would lure Dale Jr. from stock cars, but he could get interested enough that he might invest in a team. That would be good publicity in itself.

    In related motorsports crossover ideas, I would like to see Tony Stewart field cars for both Dale Jr. and Danica in the Chili Bowl or his Prelude to the Dream. That would be fun! I’m actually surprised Dale Jr. hasn’t been involved in the Prelude to the Dream yet – I would think he’d enjoy such a grassroots event, and it’s by far the best “NASCAR” race of the year.

    Comment by Travis — November 25, 2008 @ 2:39 pm | Reply

  2. Not a good idea. This is too much of a desperate plea to NASCAR to help us get exposure. Plus that’s just going to drive our most popular driver to the dark side. I like the concept, but not with Danica. Better to use someone who we know has no plans of going to the dark side. Dixon or TK would be a safer bet. Two road racers who have their roots planted in open wheel.

    Comment by John in Speedway — November 25, 2008 @ 6:48 pm | Reply

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