The much publicized "seat swap" between two-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart and former Formula 1 victor Lewis Hamilton at Watkins Glen International on Tuesday was more than a well-choreographed and well-received grab for free media from their mutual sponsor. At the heart of it, these types of exchanges, however brief, are keenly interesting because of where they might lead.
Ken Block was lounging on the balcony of a pleasantly elegant hotel in northern France, enjoying a view of rolling hills and vineyards while resisting the urge to theorize how fast he could rip through them in a rally car. In a day he and Ford would unveil his entry for the World Rally Championship, officially making him the first American to compete full-time in at the highest level of the ultra-popular, ultra-difficult off-road racing circuit.
If Ernest Hemingway was living, he would undoubtedly be part of the Dakar Rally. The famed novelist and journalist chased adventure around the world, running with the bulls at Pamplona and going on safari in Africa. He'd find the Dakar irresistible, too, the basis of his next great work. It is an ultimate challenge for man and machine.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Tanner Foust was picking at the edges of the blue table cloth inside the hospitality tent Saturday morning at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He sat, nearly anonymous, in the shadow of 15-time NHRA champion John Force, who was holding court near the coffee pumpers.
MT. WASHINGTON, N.H. - They had all stopped squinting toward the summit by now. There was nothing to see but rocks and clouds, nothing to do but try to find a spot where their phones could pick up a cell signal in this picturesque and remote sector of the White Mountains. The quiet, the wake in the energy field created when Travis Pastrana exited, stage up, was palpable. Almost unnerving.