The All-Motorsport Power Rankings No.70
You can tell it's a quiet week when even a NASCAR race at Daytona is relatively free of noise.
I say relatively, as when it did eventually kick off it involved half the field, even though everyone kept all their wheels on the track (and don't start saying that it's all down to the magical placebo of a blade spoiler)
But, that's Daytona, and that's why we love it (OK, so not everyone loves it....)
Elsewhere, Indycar went to the Watkins Glen, the world's most expensive Touring Car series (the GT1 World Championship) sweltered in Paul Ricard, France. F1 had a week to recover from Web-Air and Fernando Alonso counted to ten and took a deep breath ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Donington Park seems a whole other epoch!
15. Christoffer Nygaard (GT3)
You probably haven’t heard of Dane Mr. Nygaard, but he wins the out-of-context quote of the week for describing his GT3 Ford GT3 as “like a fridge with an open door.”
Photo Credit: Fischer Racing
14. Enrique Bernoldi (FIA GT1)
Before you use your F1 past to beat down other drivers, consider this.
Arrows don’t count!
Photo Credit: GT1 World
13. Nicolas Todt (Still GP2)
Nicolas (Jean’s son) and his ART team have withdrawn their application to be the 13th F1 team due to “unfavourable economic conditions”.
Yea, because they’ve just unexpectedly sneaked up on everybody!
12. Frank Williams (F1)
Poor choice of words.
11. Paul Drayson (ALMS, or not)
Having to sit out this week's ALMS race with a “non-motorsport injury” according to a press release.
You know it’s stupid if they don’t tell you the full story, so I like to imagine he was pecked by a malevolent pigeon.
10. Valentino Rossi (Moto GP)
Uh-oh Jorge, best start leaving booby traps around the Yamaha factory
9. Peugeot (Le Mans 24 Hours, Engine Failures)
Read this really carefully.
Somewhere in there I believe the French actually admit something might be their fault.
8. Mark Webber (Low cost air travel)
Silverstone on Grand Prix weekend reportedly becomes some the busiest airspace anywhere in the world.
More danger for Mark Webber.
7. Jorge Lorenzo (Moto GP)
Still making hay while the sun shines.
Moto GP Catalunya report.
6. Sebastian Vettel (F1)
Ah, poor Sebastian.
Left by Luscious Liz when it all seemed to be going so well, she only gone and let the very next man she meets climb on in. What’s more, Liz’s new man is on the rebound himself after a rough end to a previous relationship, and the two of them are now trying to rub Seb’s nose in it.
5. Sakon Yamamoto (F1, somehow)
Is it a coincidence that the safety car rules have been brushed up the same week Yamamoto makes his inexplicable return to F1?
Sakon is pictured in his most recent F1 outing. Expect more of the same, only while going slower.
4. Andrea Bertolini (FIA GT1)
The winner, with Michael Bartels of the GT1 race at the weekend.
Coincidentally, neither have ever driven in F1.
GT1 World Championship report.
Photo Credit: GT1 World
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (NASCAR)
Did he cure world hunger, feed the third world or plug the Gulf of Mexico?
He won a second rate race.
P.S. He takes the lead on the third lap in the No. 3 car at Daytona. Now, I’m not normally that cynical but...
NASCAR Nationwide Daytonaresults.
2. Will Power (Indycar)
I just had the strangest dream that a non-Penske or Ganassi driver won an Indycar race recently.
Oh well, should really knock off the Emmental before bed.
Indycar Watkins Glenresults.