THE EDITOR RADICAL THINKING
“A kid in only his second
season at the top level
provides the adrenaline shot in
the NASCAR lineup – Kyle Larson”
When Ricardo Santos is so intrigued by a car and project
that he sends alternative illustrations, it leaves us with a
dilemma – which one do we put on the cover? After much
debate, this image came a glorious second. You agree…?
Adam Cooper has
been writing about
F1 for three decades
so there’s not much
that surprises him.
But Vettel to Ferrari
and Alonso back to
McLaren gave him
plenty of juice.
t’s just as well a picture paints a thousand
words, because the Nissan LM GT-R NISMO
rendered us speechless when we first saw
under the skin. Designer Ben Bowlby has
again ignored convention, but not in the
slightly unhinged, Mad Hatter way you
might expect from some radical free
thinkers. When Ben explains the reasoning
behind the LMP1-H car’s layout, it makes
perfect sense and contains so much logic
you wonder why no one else is doing it.
And that surely is the best type of
ingenuity. Now it just has to work...
Just a year ago, it would have taken
similar amounts of free thinking to imagine
Sebastian Vettel losing the taste for Red
Bull and its Formula 1 title-winning cars and
heading off to ride a Stumbling Horse. And
what were the chances of Fernando Alonso
smiling for the cameras once more with
McLaren’s Ron Dennis? Yup, pragmatism
is a powerful force. Vettel (ABOVE RIGHT),
despite four drivers’ titles, wanted to rebuild
a damaged reputation, Alonso demanded
a winning car, and the newest iteration of
the fabled McLaren-Honda partnership
needed a champion racer who’s still at
the very height of his powers. So that’s
two of F1’s best storylines in 2015
provided by two driver/team changes.
While Vettel and Alonso carry so much
interest because of their pedigree within
F1, it’s a kid in only his sophomore season
at the top level who provides the adrenaline
shot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup driver lineup.
Kyle Larson, whose major achievements
have occurred outside of NASCAR, is the
focus of Robin Miller’s attention, and it’s
because the 22-year-old has proven willing
and able to drive anything. Latest honor to
fall his way? The Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Another Rolex 24 racer for whom sports
car racing is (now) a side interest rather than
his main focus is Simon Pagenaud, who
this year joins Team Penske’s IndyCar team.
What does he think he’ll bring to a team
that already contains two series champs
and two Indy 500 winners? Read on…
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