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    Obama Orders Chevrolet and Dodge Out Of NASCAR

    Obama Orders Chevrolet and Dodge Out Of NASCAR

    With their racing budgets deemed “unnecessary expenditures,” GM and Chrysler are ordered to cease racing operations at the end of the season.
    CARandDRIVER.com
    BY JARED GALL

    In a move sure to spark outrage, the White House announced today that GM and Chrysler must cease participation in NASCAR at the end of the 2009 season if they hope to receive any additional financial aid from the government. Companies around the globe—Honda and Audi, to name two—have drawn down racing operations, and NASCAR itself has already felt the pinch in the form of reduced team spending. A complete withdrawal from America’s premier racing series is expected to save more than $250 million between GM and Chrysler, a substantial amount considering the drastic measures being implemented elsewhere.

    “Automakers used to operate on the principle of ‘win on Sunday, sell on Monday,’ but the Auto Task Force’s research just doesn’t validate that as true,” said the statement from President Obama. While fans have decried the Car of Tomorrow for heavily limiting what little personalization the cookie-cutter series had previously allowed to participating manufacturers, and drivers have slammed its brick-like aerodynamics and unpredictable handling, even the governmental oversight committee sees that the full-scale regulation of the cars leaves the manufacturers very little space for research and development. “NASCAR is a racing series that regulates down to the smallest detail of the cars, where a car badged a Chevrolet or Dodge differs only marginally from a Ford or a Toyota. There’s no technological development to speak of.”

    The statement goes on further to say the same demand will be made of Ford if it asks for government assistance. “In order to receive this money, corporations must demonstrate they will spend it wisely. Racing has been said to improve on-road technology, but frankly, NASCAR almost flaunts its standing among the lowest-tech forms of motorsport. NASCAR is not proven to drive advancements that transfer from the racetrack to the road, and this nation’s way forward does not hinge on decades-old technology. We need new, and we need innovation.”

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    Re: Obama Orders Chevrolet and Dodge Out Of NASCAR

    Beggars can't be choosers.

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    holy ouch..... what is this world coming too?
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    I know a lot of people who love NASCAR, but I feel that it is a huge waste of resources.
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    The minute they took money from the government, this is what they opened themselves up to. I expect soon that the White House will announce that all future GM truck, SUV and rear-wheel drive car programs will be cancelled.

    This is exactly why the government bailout is a terrible idea, and why Chapter 11 is necessary.

    EDIT: April Fools, I suppose. But any good satire contains an element of truth.
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    I'm actually OK with this. I've long felt NASCAR was a waste of money - especially since the cars don't even remotely resemble real cars anymore. This is smart way for the government to get them out of it. When the outrage occurs, GM and Chrysler just point to the government and say "it wasn't our choice" (even though secretly they are glad to be out of NASCAR).

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    No Please Say It Is Not So

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    Re: Obama Orders Chevrolet and Dodge Out Of NASCAR

    Is this an early april fools joke?

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    It is not running on any other websites or Nascar's website. ESPN would be all over this.
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    Re: Obama Orders Chevrolet and Dodge Out Of NASCAR

    Haven't watched a nascar race in years. Who cares what decal wins since thats the only difference there is between the cars.
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    Re: Obama Orders Chevrolet and Dodge Out Of NASCAR

    Why outrage. This is an unnecessary expense right now in this economy with the corporate life at stake here.
    Besides, as was stated above, these cars are basically clones of each other any more. Toys basically in my opinion.
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    Re: Obama Orders Chevrolet and Dodge Out Of NASCAR

    Did anybody read the article? Hold on to your hats folks - NASCAR is looking to get Hyundai as one possible replacement for GM/Chrysler.

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    Obama Orders Chevrolet and Dodge Out Of NASCAR

    With their racing budgets deemed “unnecessary expenditures,” GM and Chrysler are ordered to cease racing operations at the end of the season.
    CARandDRIVER.com
    BY JARED GALL

    In a move sure to spark outrage, the White House announced today that GM and Chrysler must cease participation in NASCAR at the end of the 2009 season if they hope to receive any additional financial aid from the government. Companies around the globe—Honda and Audi, to name two—have drawn down racing operations, and NASCAR itself has already felt the pinch in the form of reduced team spending. A complete withdrawal from America’s premier racing series is expected to save more than $250 million between GM and Chrysler, a substantial amount considering the drastic measures being implemented elsewhere.

    “Automakers used to operate on the principle of ‘win on Sunday, sell on Monday,’ but the Auto Task Force’s research just doesn’t validate that as true,” said the statement from President Obama. While fans have decried the Car of Tomorrow for heavily limiting what little personalization the cookie-cutter series had previously allowed to participating manufacturers, and drivers have slammed its brick-like aerodynamics and unpredictable handling, even the governmental oversight committee sees that the full-scale regulation of the cars leaves the manufacturers very little space for research and development. “NASCAR is a racing series that regulates down to the smallest detail of the cars, where a car badged a Chevrolet or Dodge differs only marginally from a Ford or a Toyota. There’s no technological development to speak of.”

    The statement goes on further to say the same demand will be made of Ford if it asks for government assistance. “In order to receive this money, corporations must demonstrate they will spend it wisely. Racing has been said to improve on-road technology, but frankly, NASCAR almost flaunts its standing among the lowest-tech forms of motorsport. NASCAR is not proven to drive advancements that transfer from the racetrack to the road, and this nation’s way forward does not hinge on decades-old technology. We need new, and we need innovation.”

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    And the date tomorrow IS?
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    Obama is basically FORCING GM to do what it's CEO ought to be doing in the first place. It's sad that the President of the USA has to do this when the company has a bunch of people being paid millions to run it.

    Points and major props to the new President.

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    Yes, I noticed the date on the article on the website.

    On the other hand, the article is so full of truth, it might as well be real.

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