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Send Kyle to F1

Why not give Kyle Busch haters what they want. They’re right. Shrub should go away… to Formula One.
He’d be perfect there, and Sunday’s win in Las Vegas proved it.
And with a group announcing last week it would run an all-American team in Formula One in the 2010 season, Busch has a perfect opportunity.
Busch should join the USF1 team. If the equipment is up to snuff, he would dominate.
The Gibbs Racing driver has mastered road-course racing, so turning right shouldn’t be a problem. And on Sunday he showed his great car control and maneuvered from the back of the pack all the way to the front for a victory.

Kyle Busch would be a perfect fit in a Formula One car. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Kyle Busch would be a perfect fit in a Formula One car. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Car control is a key to success in Formula One. In the super technologically advanced sport it’s not necessarily how fast you can make the car go, but it’s more about how well you can handle corners.
F1 cars can go from 0 to 60 in less than a heartbeat, but it’s how quickly they can go from 200 to 0 that makes them even more impressive. Busch could handle that kind of challenge with ease.
Beyond his skill in the car, Busch would provide a boost outside it, too.
He would provide the stodgy, sometimes Euro trash F1 with some much-needed character.
The Las Vegas native would fit in nicely on the casino-lined streets of Monte Carlo and likely would make rivals elsewhere faster than you can say Fernando Alonso.
But for Busch to tackle the legendary road courses of Europe, USF1 would have to pony up NASCAR-sized coin. And the team has said it will run on a $64 million budget next year, which doesn’t even begin cover McLaren’s FIA fines some seasons.
But it would be money well spent for USF1, which hasn’t announced a sponsorship or backers yet, although it claims to have those things. With Busch in tow, they’d likely have multinational companies beating down their doors to get a piece of the shrub. While F1 barely is a speck on the sports radar in the U.S., it’s a bump draft away from soccer’s popularity elsewhere.
If he did succeed, Busch could become a national hero. The last guy from the U.S. to win an F1 title was a little driver from Nazareth, Pa., named Mario Andretti, who won in 1978. How’d things work out for him?
In these difficult economic times a safe bet is hard to come by. But I’d be the house on Busch striking it big in F1.

2 comments to Send Kyle to F1

  • Matt

    Well it happened.
    Nate Bloomquist has lost his mind.
    I would like to take this opportunity to ask Mr. Bloomquist to stop trying to pound the crumbling world of open-wheel racing down the throats of the American auto racing ran who simply reject it at every turn.
    Kyle Busch should not and will not leave the number one rated series in this country to become a international joke where he would be only seen on Speed Network.That’s stupid business and only comes from Mr. Bloomquist’s mind because he’s desperately trying to give CPR to the open-wheel racing world by taking stock car’s best young talent and putting him in a completely unknown F1 situation.
    The people who run F1 only seen their sport through the tunnel vision that they care to see it. It doesn’t want an American influence because in their world, they don’t need an American influence. They didn’t want to come to Indy to race and made that very clear that they only did for the money IMS provided.
    I would remind Mr. Bloomquist that Mario Andretti was not from Nazareth, PA but from Italy. He was not an American hero because the U.S. loyalty went to A.J. Foyt. He was not seen as a American success story until he came to this country and began winning races and his one Indy 500. What you’re asking Kyle Busch to do is the opposite: go from being a somebody in America to possibly a middle of the pack F1 driver and forgotten quickly by American auto racing fans.
    In fact, Mario’s son Michael (who was born in Nazareth, PA) tried this after being successful in CART and decided to do one full season of F1. He failed to score a single point in the standings.
    Trying to force American influence into F1 is like spending a lifetime eventually thinking oil and water will eventually mix into something we can all put in our passenger cars. Not going to happen. Let it go.
    From a international marketing standpoint, F1 fans and sponsors would take one look at Kyle Busch and think to themselves “cocky American that we can’t sell in Europe.” Done and done.
    As a request from a reader – please stop trying to revive open-wheel racing because those running it are arrogant enough to think it doesn’t want a life raft and people have moved on to the series that are on the big networks. Please, just stop.

  • Rodman

    As you stated a budget of 64 mil is not much for F1. It would put Bush in a substandard car and have him struggling the whole season. Start-up F1 teams are usually the spear carriers of the sport and though it would be nice to see him take on that challange, after a year he would come back beaten and bloody with his tail tucked between his leggs.
    In response to Matt F1 does not need CPR!!! Unfortunately open wheel racing in the US probably does.
    As for Mario he was and still is an American hero. He did very little racing while in Italy before his family moved to the states. In fact his father did not want him to race.

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