SPEED TV's 'Pumped!' Show Full of Errors and Black Flags

Russell SchmidtContributor IDecember 8, 2011

Mario Andretti 1969 Indy 500 winner.
Mario Andretti 1969 Indy 500 winner.Robert Laberge/Getty Images

There's a new show on the SPEED TV network, and maybe you've seen it—Pumped! (exclamation point is part of the title).

It's an on-scene game show where the host, Greg Fitzsimmons, asks gas patrons at Sunoco gas stations questions from a myriad of topics, with sports as a major focus.

Correct answers are rewarded with Sunoco gas credit cards or other monetary rewards.

I watched the first few weeks and was blown away to witness wrong answers to some of their car questions, more specially questions related to the Indianapolis 500 and what a black flag means in NASCAR racing.

The first wrong answer to a relatively simple history question was which Indy driver has won the Indy 500 four times. The choices were A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears, Al Unser Jr. or Mario Andretti.

Their answer was Mario, and as we all know Mario won the race once, in 1969.

I tried reaching out to series officials to no avail.

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The following week, I hear yet another error. The question was "what does the black flag mean in NASCAR racing?"

Their answer was a driver would receive the black flag for speeding on pit lane.

While that may be one of the answers, it is not the correct answer, as there are many ways of receiving the black flag for rules infractions (the basic flag means you need to pit and determine why you received the flag). Failure to do so will result in your car not being scored any longer.

Once again I tried to reach Pumped! officials to make them aware of the error of their ways, to no avail.

Of all the networks to have wrong answers for racing-related questions, I would not have expected SPEED to let this slip through the cracks.

HEY, SPEED—check your answers or call me to double check your information.

Anyone else spot these errors? Or more? Drop me a line in the comments below.

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