Has Racing Lost Its Credibility? - SHAKEDOWN

Uploaded by drive on 30.04.2012


LEO PARENTE: It's Monday and time for the auto racing
results recap and an additional SHAKEDOWN thought
to challenge your auto racing thinking.
But before we start, reading some of the recent comments, I
feel like we need to recap something else first.
As DRIVE gets more popular and SHAKEDOWN gets new viewers, it
may be time to remind this new audience exactly what
This show is about auto racing and some bike racing too.
We do information, insights, opinions, attitudes, not the
typical racing PR spew.
And not just pretty race car prom pictures.
Actual thoughts and ideas to help you understand WTF is
going on in racing and the OMFG moments to make you think
a bit about your own likes, dislikes, and
opinions about racing.
The racecar prom?, well, that's
why we created Trackside.
So fire up and watch the pretty race cars go by.
It is cool, but it's only part of the story.
SHAKEDOWN is here to explain how, why, and what those
bright lights, bright colors, and pretty
sounds are all about.
For the most part, SHAKEDOWN is built as a studio show.
Yes, we get out to the tracks and races sometimes, like
giving you a DRIVE SHAKEDOWN look at the Sebring 12, the
Daytona 24, to Long Beach GP, Petit Le Mans, the Le Mans 24,
and now coming up soon, our annual live stream viewing
party, this year June 16 and 17, and of course, the
Nurburgring 24.
That show kicked off the DRIVE channel back in January.
Over 70,000 subscribers and almost 9 million views later,
we're still here.
SHAKEDOWN has done interviews with many racers as well.
Allan McNish, Sebastian Vettel, and a ton more.
Plus with the racing pros that make the cars go.
The engineers, team owners, crew guys, team managers.
In all, many, many interviews.
We've also driven cars and shared those experiences.
The Riley Mark XXII and Palatov track cars.
The Gumpert Apollo for Alex Roy.
Boss 302 GTR, The NISMO Z Cadillac CTS-V and more cars
coming soon here in 2012.
And we've create SHAKEDOWN University to help teach you
racing skills, driving techniques, and this year,
track notes.
We'll get you around some of the great tracks a bit faster.
We've already shared Sebring and Long Beach.
The Boss 302 drive gave you a bit of Laguna Seca, Palatov,
Sears Point/Infineon, and again, more is coming.
But as I said, most Monday and Friday SHAKEDOWN shows are
studio shows.
We're not Chris Harris, or J.F. Musial with his new
Driven factory tours.
Or Matt Farah or Mike Musto or Wes Siler and Grant Ray on
their bikes, or Alex Roy, always
out on the road driving.
SHAKEDOWN is here, and I work my magic with words, thoughts,
and ideas, not just burnouts, broad
slides, and engine blasts.
And when I am on the road at the track, we do our best to
make those deals super special.
In the meantime, SHAKEDOWN will try to arm you with info
so that if you actually open your mouth to friends or have
typed a comment online about racing, you might not sound
like a moron or a subscriber from a typical car magazine or
a Speed TV viewer.
OK, back with the racing news in a second.

Jeez, enough with the acronyms.
Plus MotoGP, Porsche Cup, and a question for you based on
some comments from the Friday April, 2007 Lamborghini Should
Race More SHAKEDOWN show.
Start with VLN.
I'm still not pronouncing that name.
But I am pronouncing the winners after their four-hour
battle of the Nurburgring, which by the way, gets you
only 26 race laps of a place.
So experience matters, and it's a big part of why, once
again, a Manthey-Racing prep Porsche 911 GT3R won another
Nordschleife race.
They've only won five of the last six Nurburgring 24 races,
and this was a tuneup for the 2012 round the clocker, this
year running May 19 and 20.
McLaren finished P6 overall, Aston P10, Lexus LFA P12, but
P1 in its class.
Toyota 86s did not win their class.
Maybe too much drifting?
A Honda Civic R beat them.
Full results is in a link in the description below.
Let's go on to DTM, German touring cars.
Race one with the new specs that we've discussed in
earlier SHAKEDOWN shows.
Audi looks strong with the pole position.
BMW showed speed that said the new guys would
not be the last guys.
But it was Mercedes that won the race, finishing 1-2.
Audi was P3.
The best BMW was P6.
WRC, rally cars in Argentina.
Ford made a big deal about reaching 150 straight rallies,
scoring points, the first manufacturer to do that in the
39-year history of WRC.
But it didn't soften the wounds of a Citroen winning
the rally, with Seb Loeb leading a 1-2
finish for the French.
And there was a final stage DNF for Dani Sordo, Ford's
one-off pilot, missing a sure podium with the worst of
reasons for a car maker, an engine failure.
Oh, 150 points paying rallies for Ford, but 70 WRC wins for
Loeb, and he's just one guy.
How many people work and race for Ford Motor Sport?
Moving onto WTCC, world touring cars.
SEAT finally got a race win, a 1-2 finish for the Leons.
But by race two in Slovakia, Chevy Cruze was back on top
with their own 1-2.
And Lada--
I was wrong last weekend--
Lada is not racing until this event at the
Hungaroring this weekend.
In moto GP in Spain, Casey Stoner and Honda took the home
country race win opportunity away from Spaniards Jorge
Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.
MotoGP races on Bridgestones.
And guess what?
Tire degradation made the difference here too.
Lorenzo was on a softer front tire and lost feel, grip, and
consistent speed.
Stoner managed his tires.
So when Jorge made his final push, Stoner had the tire to
hold the Yamaha off, broke out a gap, and held on for the win
In America, in Utah, we had the World Challenge Series.
They race on Pirelli.
But tire degradation was not an issue in the
three classes of racing.
Pat Long did another guest drive and won GT.
Camaro won GTS.
And in the touring car race, if you haven't read elsewhere
by now, Tristan Herbert took his VW Jetta GLI from back of
the grid to a race win.
But it was his borrowed VW Beetle Turbo street car engine
that crossed the finish line first.
See, Herbert popped his race motor, borrowed the Beetle
engine from a fan's car, and got the job done.
Now I heard the same story from Chaparral legend Jim Hall
when he said he did that with one of his early Lister race
cars at a 1950s race.
But Hall swapped the Chevy engine from his pickup truck
tow vehicle and won.
So, Herbert, good on you, but no big deal.
Been there, done that.
I'm joking.
That was all cool.
Oh, an entry-level B-Spec race, I think
for the first time.
The Porsche IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama Series
also raced in Utah this past weekend.
Two races, and in both, Madison Snow beat Sean
Johnston and Bryce Miller for the line in
the platinum class.
Same podium both races.
In gold class, mom Melanie Snow joined her son on the
victory stand.
In race two, Angel Benitez Jr. returned to gold P1.
So now Angel has taken three of the first four gold races.
DRIVE, as you may recall, carries the
Porsche Cup race videos.
Miller Motorsport Park was not a race with track cameras, so
we were not there.
Laguna Seca is next on the Porsche Cup schedule, and we
will have a video report to share from there.
OK, let's get to my question of the show for you guys.
Because I warned you here on SHAKEDOWN, sometimes there's
actual thinking required of you viewers.
Oops, I just lost four commenters I know.
But reading their crap, I'm not too torn up about it.
For the rest of you, last Friday's SHAKEDOWN asked,
should Lambo race more to cover up its cred as it goes
off and builds non-sports car SUVs?
And the comments opened my eyes to something.
No, not Signori Lambo's we don't need to race tradition.
FYI, I knew and respected all that, but x'ed it out of my
mind, because Audi owns the damn place now.
The world is different now.
And I have my own opinion.
No, the comments that got my attention dismissed racing as
not real, being too political, manipulated, and not
authentic, any validation of anything automotive anymore.
And I've seen such comments before from non-racing but
car-loving enthusiast audiences too.
They love cars, but not racing because, and
you know the drill.
And I've been in meetings where I feel racing is seen as
niche, been in meetings where car is seen as niche versus
other lifestyle interests.
So, SHAKEDOWN viewers, expand your thoughts
and opinions on this.
Is racing's real problem that they've lost credibility?
You know, race fans seem to see the failure of the sport
versus politics versus marketing.
Mainstream people only see the stupid stuff from racing.
Political fights, series to series, [INAUDIBLE] road trips
into the world, controversy just for money, crashes, and
dead racers.
And yet internally, in racing here, we're myopically
debating Titanic deck chair issues, like technical
details, Indy car is ugly, and Danika takes her hands off the
steering wheel in a race car, oh my.
I think you guys may like drifting, because the cars to
you are honestly built race cars.
And my anti Chris Harris snarks aside, drifting is a
really tough driving skill.
But F1 is magic wings, push buttons, and cheating.
NASCAR is the show, et cetera, et cetera.
I'm with you.
It's all managed results, artificial performance
factors, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.
So again, the question to you.
Has racing lost its credibility as a true
expression of automotive performance or not?
So please, stop, think, and comment.
I can't wait to read.
And if I've dropped too far off the intellectual res band
for you, stay tuned.
Car prom is still alive on DRIVE.
Just click to the next video.
Oh, and one more thing.
Thanks, Adam Ferrara for inviting us to your show at
the Gotham Comedy club in New York City, spending some time
with us, and sharing the stage with Derrick D, who did an
opening act set.
Ferrara blends stories of his Italian family, his inherited
from his Dad love of cars, and the wife thing and more.
It's all good, and he gives us lessons learned from life into
one big, oh my god I shared that feeling
comedically with you.
His rants on why am I so angry were like from
straight inside my head.
How does he do that?
And when you ask him about how he does what he does on stage,
he describes it all in car driving terms.
It really was a fun night.
And by the way, the Gotham Comedy Club is owned by
another Italian guy, who also has a web biz called,
It's a one-stop site to find cool cars and parts.
And they're giving away a restored 1968 427 cubic inch
big block Corvette Stingray to launch the whole deal.
So let's see.
We've got Ferrara, DeAngelis, [INAUDIBLE], the club owner
slash buildandsearch.com guy and me.
Let's just say any of you messing with Ferrara and
questioning his bits on Top Gear USA, you may want to
He's a car guy like you.
And with all these Italians, you know, things can happen.
Not that I'm saying they will.
But sometimes they do.
And your respect is a good way to not let things happen, if
you know what I mean.