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Obama to ban GM & Chrysler from NASCAR in 2010

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I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE HEARD THIS WAS AN APRIL FOOL "JOKE" BY MOTORTREND MAGAZINE. THE WHITE HOUS HAS NO SUCH PLANS....WillingToCope.

A White House source has revealed that as condition of any additional bailout funds being destributed to GM & Chrysler, they must agree to spend at least 80% of Research and developement into 'green technology'. They must agree to discontinue participation in the NASCAR racing series. Ford Motorsports is unaffected by the new rules because they have not received money

That means no more Chevy, dodge or Pontiacs in NASCAR- I can't believe this mess. Now the Gov't is dictating how companies are run?

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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Maybe this what the Populist movement needs, 50,000,000 PO'ed rednecks! The straw that broke the camel's back, so to speak.

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I heard this morning the rules have changed again. GM can enter vehicles into NASCAR now but they have to run on solar power! :D

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I can't remember the ventriolquist (sp?) name, but he's the guy with the doll named Peanut ("Oh, I see you lost a shoe"..."No, I found one").

He was doing a bit the other night on the comedy channel about NASCAR. Peanut was saying the great thing about it was "oh...look...a leff turn...oh...look...another left turn...oh...wow...another left turn!".

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I can't remember the ventriolquist (sp?) name, but he's the guy with the doll named Peanut ("Oh, I see you lost a shoe"..."No, I found one").

He was doing a bit the other night on the comedy channel about NASCAR. Peanut was saying the great thing about it was "oh...look...a leff turn...oh...look...another left turn...oh...wow...another left turn!".

That would be Jeff Dunham!

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I

heard this morning the rules have changed again. GM can enter vehicles into NASCAR now but they have to run on solar power!

Another attempt to level the field, kind of like the intake restrictions on the Hemis back in the day.xshakeitx

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I guess some people don't have a sense of humor, this NASCAR joke had to be withdrawn and an apology issued

http://msn.foxsports.com/nascar/story/9409550?MSNHPHCP&GT1=39002

A good April Fool's Day story makes a reader think, "Is this true?" A bad one this year forced one magazine to yank a story from its Web site and issue an apology.

Automotive publication Car and Driver did just that after "reporting" on April Fool's Day that the White House told GM and Chrysler they would have to shut down their NASCAR programs.

"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," said the publication's fake story. "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."

The site later pulled its story and replaced it with a page that read, "Car and Driver has a proud tradition of April Fool's Day jokes stretching back 30 years. We regret if this year's went too far."

NASCAR and the car companies in question had no official comment.

"I've been in this business more than 30 years and I have never seen a story so irresponsible," Denny Darnell, a public relations representative for Dodge's NASCAR program, said in a personal statement.

The hoax was posted at a particularly contentious time for the two American car manufacturers. Both have received billions of dollars in aid from the U.S. government and are currently evaluating ways to cut costs, which could alter or put an end to many of their contracts, including their NASCAR deals. And a day before the hoax, GM CEO Rick Wagoner resigned from his post due to pressure from the White House.

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