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It has been a few years now since pontiac has gotten out of nascar. While watching the Daytona 500(who can miss the most watched race week of the year) I thought that the GTO would make a wonderful platform, even to pace car in a few races. As many people watch nascar it would be a good deal for pontiac.
 

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toolman said:
It has been a few years now since pontiac has gotten out of nascar. While watching the Daytona 500(who can miss the most watched race week of the year) I thought that the GTO would make a wonderful platform, even to pace car in a few races. As many people watch nascar it would be a good deal for pontiac.
Platform? NASCAR?

:rofl:

They are all the same cars with different stickers on them....hence such bits of racing socialism such as aero templates.

And carburated engines? Jeez, let's leap out of the primordial ooze?

Innovation is verbotten.

NASCAR is WWE on wheels. Who gives a feck?
 

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Platform? NASCAR?

:rofl:

They are all the same cars with different stickers on them....hence such bits of racing socialism such as aero templates.

And carburated engines? Jeez, let's leap out of the primordial ooze?

Innovation is verbotten.

NASCAR is WWE on wheels. Who gives a feck?
Apparently many since its the fastest growing sport and it has better ratings than the NBA. Im not a NASCAR fan, but I was thinkin about the GTO getting into NASCAR???
 

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Groucho said:
Platform? NASCAR?

:rofl:

They are all the same cars with different stickers on them....hence such bits of racing socialism such as aero templates.

And carburated engines? Jeez, let's leap out of the primordial ooze?

Innovation is verbotten.

NASCAR is WWE on wheels. Who gives a feck?
I am not a big fan of Winston Cup and Bush Grand National racing but I recognize that innovations taken from the sport have greatly enhanced the efficiency and durability of high performance engines found in GM, Ford, and Daimler Chysler vehicles. Without the continual flow of ideas from the track to the showroom floor, I doubt that the LS1, LS2, or the future LS7 blocks would be making the power that they do. NASCAR maybe be anachronistic but, to a degree, so are the pushrod V8s found in the GTOs and that suits me fine.
 

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common template

It really won't matter what car gm uses in nascar because they will be common template cars for all manufacturers probably within the next 5 years. Plus, gm doesn't want to promote a low volume niche car such as the gto anyway. They wanna do it with stuff they sell in huge numbers. I am a recovering Nascar fan who discovered F1 a few years ago and I prefer that much more now lol. I watched the race today and I had to take a nap about halfway through.....
 

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Groucho said:
Platform? NASCAR?

:rofl:

They are all the same cars with different stickers on them....hence such bits of racing socialism such as aero templates.

And carburated engines? Jeez, let's leap out of the primordial ooze?

Innovation is verbotten.

NASCAR is WWE on wheels. Who gives a feck?
:agree
 

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The GTO's place in racing will be in the Grand-Am and American Le Mans series. It was good to see a goat in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Granted the car ran at the rear of the field, but it ran for 24 hours. That also was a private team (Horizon Motorsports) I believe. The factory cars will not be out until the June/July time frame. I'll be in Daytona for the Paul Revere to see how they do for myself. While NASCAR is considered king in todays racing, the Big 3 are starting to look elsewhere to spend their money. There is no more inovation in NASCAR and the factory gets nothing in return for their money. The Monte Carlo, Intrepid and Tarus were 3 of the worst in sales for the Big 3. Investing in road racing where you can try new things that just may transfer over to your production vehicles just makes good for good business. Last month there was a big conference between NASCAR and the Big 3 to see how they could all get more bang for their buck. Take a look at some sports car racing and watch for the GTO later in the year. I think you may be pleasently surprised.
 

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The GTO is not well-suited for sports car racing - too heavy. And as for NASCAR - those cars have absolutely nothing to do with their road-going namesakes. What will be interesting is to see how Ford replaces the Taurus as a NASCAR silouette - that new 500 doesn't exactly look aerodynamic.
 
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