If you ask Brian Vickers about racing on a road course don’t expect him to give you the standard answers about car, team, sponsors, all while sipping his favorite beverage which also happens to a sponsor. Nope, Vickers says that road courses should make the NASCAR brand go global!
Vickers, driver of the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine, thinks that NASCAR Sprint Cup racing on road courses is so exciting that leaders in the sport should take more notice. In fact, Vickers thinks that NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing on a road courses is just as good, if not better, than other series around the globe that are road course heavy. And those series have global followings. He has a great point and is ready to head to Sonoma for NASCAR road racing.
“Our road racing is the best in the world,” Vickers said. “There’s a lot of great road racing out there -- Le Mans was going on last weekend and I had the opportunity to race there. That is an awesome event, but unquestionably I think our cars put on a better show on a road course. I would love to see our sport expand. Everybody talks about adding more road races and I’m all for it, but just don’t add another Watkins Glen. I love Watkins Glen, but let’s go somewhere else, let’s go international, let’s go to other continents -- if we’re going to add road racing let’s go to new markets. I think NASCAR will put on the best road race that any road race track we’ve gone to has ever seen. I love those tracks around the world. I think the time I spent in sports cars made me like them even more.”
NASCAR and the ARCA Racing Series both travel to road courses as part of their normal racing schedules. NASCAR used to make annual trips to Mexico, has raced road courses in Canada, and even run a few laps on road courses overseas. The NASCAR Nationwide series and Camping World Truck Series have both made their cross the border runs over the years.
Those efforts now include NASCAR sanctioned racing in Mexico, Canada, and Europe and all three sanctioned series run on road courses. In fact, their schedules are loaded with road racing. One reason is because that’s what their local fans enjoy. Secondly, that’s the type of tracks that are in those countries. Turning left in racing over and over again is dominated by racing in the USA.
“Road racing is something I’m excited about,” Vickers said. “I think the time I spent overseas road racing really helped me a lot. I’m really looking forward to Sonoma -- that is sort of one I have circled so to speak. There are certain tracks that you look forward to. I like to race there and the team has good cars there. Road racing is wild and interesting.”
Vickers is right, there is a huge market for NASCAR racing on road courses in other countries and across the globe. The only challenge is making it cost effective for a team to enter a car in a race a world away with the schedule currently running on a near weekly basis.
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