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  • What CART driver would create the most headlines...

    ON and off the track if he jumped leagues?

    Besides Michael Andretti.(Done deal) Christian (NASCAR bound) and Franchetti (2-cents already spent)

    Is there another driver that would make the press or race fans sit up and take notice?

    Get fans to buy their first IRL ticket?

    Cristiano da Matta
    Alex Tagliani
    Bruno Junqueira
    Tony Kanaan
    Jimmy Vasser
    Patrick Carpentier
    Mario Dominguez
    Michel Jourdain Jr
    Shinji Nakano
    Paul Tracy
    Kenny Brack
    Toranosuke Takagi
    Oriol Servia
    Scott Dixon
    Adrian Fernandez

    For me there is only Tracy that would turn heads. da Matta could on the track only. Vasser, only because he's an American. Carpentier and Tagliani would be runners up on the talent part.
    Man to Man is so unjust... there's no Man you can Trust.

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    Brack
    Tracy
    Vasser

    In that order.

    IMHO.
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    • #3
      Who cares?

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      • #4
        Anyone except Tracy and DaMatta. Yea, I know a few here will say they speak their minds and such, but it's that blabbering that's put another log on the fire of carts destruction. Last thing I would like to see in the IRL is drivers CONTINUOUSLY talking trash about other series.

        Tony Kanaan, Bruno, and Kenny are my picks.
        Get your head out of your past!!!

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        • #5
          There are over 60,000 season ticket holders at TMS that might have an opinion.

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          • #6
            Welcome to the hot seat - I asked a simular question and it wasn't pretty

            Remember thes are the "STARS" who went supernova - very bright just before they burned out.

            Out of the list of "Chase Around Race Track" drivers you have given, let me think, - dangerous situation - let's see there's - no he already joined; um there's - nah "Who need Milk?" And there's ----- you know I can't really think of ONE, let alone more, that matter. They made their choice years ago - now they have to live with it!
            Witnessed Mario's "Miracle at Indy"...Watched 3 win their 4th Indy 500...Was there for Petty's 200th win...Saw the last Novi qualify

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            • #7
              Brack - Indy 500 Champ, he should come home.
              We flipped our finger to the King of England
              Stole our country from the Indians
              With god on our side and guns in our hands
              We took it for our own!

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              • #8
                Step has the right one.

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                • #9
                  If Michael Andretti were to actually drive the whole season, not just 1-3 races it might make a small difference. Paul Tracy has some name recognition (as being a whiner).

                  Kenny Brack was the former league champ, and Indy 500 winner, but I don't think he would really cause a jump at the box office or TV. I'd like to see him back, but he won't be a big shot in the arm.

                  So none of these guys above are going to make any real difference. Nor are the numerous sprint and midget drivers we read about in TF on a daily basis.

                  Its interesting,early on when the IRL ran here in Atlanta, Tony Stewart was one of the competitors. As far as I could tell, no one noticed or cared. A few years later he shows up in Nascar and everyone noticed. He's now a household name.

                  In the end, it seems to me far more important now to grow names and keep drivers (say Sam, Helio and Sarah). Do that, and eventually, everything else will take care of itself.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Grinder-Tank:
                    <STRONG>

                    Tony Kanaan, Bruno, and Kenny are my picks.</STRONG>
                    I would say that would be a good bet. Although I figured Bruno would stay on the CART arm of Ganassi's teams.
                    Man to Man is so unjust... there's no Man you can Trust.

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                    • #11
                      The driver that would create the most headlines seems obvious to me. Especially after the controversy at Indy this year.
                      IRL, Champcar and F1 fan

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                      • #12
                        Love him or hate him, Tracy would bring a sense of controversy and buzz that the IRL has yet to experience. For IRL fans, PT is the villain to root against. For CART fans, PT is their hero. Either way, people would watch.

                        I'd also like to see Kanaan too.
                        "Why do we do this? Because we love it, don't want to be anywhere else but a race car. We will keep your legacy my friend. Racers race."

                        Tony Kanaan

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                        • #13
                          Paul Newman (even if he's not a driver) by a large margin.

                          Don't think it is gonna happen though.

                          [ August 20, 2002: Message edited by: Grover ]

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                          • #14
                            To answer the question,,,,, as asked,,,, I hope it don't happen,,, but he asked it this way...

                            Tracy,,,,

                            What I could stand or like to see:

                            Kenny Brack
                            Scott Dixon
                            Bruno Junqueira
                            Tony Kanaan

                            I think I like Tony the best,,, and screw that midget... But he has pretty good car control... Have to put blocks on the peddles,,, and a cork in his mouth,,, if he come's over... Hope he get's a job in the circus...

                            I don't always pick my favorite's,,, by track performance any more... I did with AJ, Tony Bettenhousen,, DaTiger,,,Jeffie,,,, and "Hey Newman".... And I still like the "Little Tike",,,after I said all the nasty thing's about her.... Hope for a Safe Race this weekend'''
                            Yes,,, Yes,,, Tony,,,

                            Your Grandfather was a friend of Roger Penske,,,

                            Your Grandfather did business with Roger Penske,,, but

                            Your Grandfather never trusted Roger Penske,,,

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                            • #15
                              If you mean among the 1,000 or so inhabitants of TF and 7G, the answer is Tracy.

                              If you mean among mainstream motorsports fans, none of 'em. Mainstream buzz and openwheel racing said "bye-bye" along time ago....
                              "It was actually fun, because you're back fully driving again in these trucks. Ninety percent of the tracks we go to in the IRL, you're flat-out. I was having to lift off the corners some here." - Buddy Rice

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