November 1, 2006

WHY NASCAR IS BIG AND NATIONAL REVIEW IS SMALL:

Fans Will Be Waiting for Montoya to Win (JENNA FRYER, 11/01/06, AP)

They came draped in Colombian flags, wearing yellow national soccer jerseys and painted faces to support their hero in the biggest challenge of his career.

They whistled, chanted and cheered from start to finish Saturday as Juan Pablo Montoya thrilled his supporters with an impressive 11th-place finish in his NASCAR debut.

That tiny contingent of rabid fans who turned out at Memphis Motorsports Park was only the start. As Montoya continues his move from Formula One to NASCAR, the demographics in the grandstands should slowly widen to embrace the only Spanish-speaking driver in the field.

"When he ran the Formula One race in Indianapolis, there were probably more Colombians and Latinos there than Americans," Felix Sabates, the Cuban-born co-owner of Montoya's NASCAR team, said Monday.

"I expect to see that to continue to grow. I really think he will bring a lot of the Spanish market to NASCAR. We like our own."


Republicans know they have to win NASCAR dads, it's just that only Bush/Rove realizes who those dads are going to be.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 1, 2006 7:56 AM
Comments

Hey Jenna, that would be Columbian-Americans and Latino-Americans to you. There's nothing multi-culti about NASCAR.

Posted by: erp at November 1, 2006 12:22 PM

Poor Montoya. He must have injured his head quite a bit to have traded F1 for NASCAR.

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at November 1, 2006 2:07 PM

or grown testicles....

Posted by: Dale at November 1, 2006 2:14 PM
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