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Dec. 19, 2016
Volume X, Edition CCXV
This week's TV Schedule can be found here.
It was a ridiculous race, filled with wrecking and some surprising runs. We're going to look back at this rather expensive race and the broadcast of the race that aired live on FX.
Any of you who have watched FOX broadcasts over the past 15 years or so knows that Larry McReynolds is addicted to weather. I'm roughly the same (Note: At one point, I actually considered becoming a meteorologist). Here, McReynolds was cast at what I would describe as a cross between a TV weatherman and a wrestling heel manager. It got ridiculous. Instead of that silliness, McReynolds could have talked about the actual weather conditions (38 degrees at the start) and how that might affect the race. Despite the silliness, I felt that I was more informed going into the race than what we usually get today.
One of the ongoing themes in the race was the complete lack of success for Ken Alexander, who was driving the No. 63 Chevrolet. On this day, Alexander was involved in no less than five different wrecks and was significantly off the pace the rest of the time. Very rarely do you get the broadcast booth basically saying that a driver is a danger to others, but that's what you had here. Eventually, his day ended with 11 laps to go when he piled into the back of Stacy Compton in the aftermath of Kevin Harvick's crash. At the time, Alexander was approximately 19 laps down, having lost a number of laps in the pits.
Also of note, Alexander had an in-car camera in the race. In retrospect, the decision to put a camera in Alexander's car must have been quite the headscratcher at the time, but it was a perfect move since you got so much action.
Q: The 1996 Rolex 24 at Daytona is best known for Max Papis' charge to within 65 seconds of the overall win in the final hour of the race. In the GTS-1 class, a number of teams were in the hunt early. Champion Racing's Porsche 911 GT2 Evo shared by Hans Stuck, Thierry Boutsen and Bill Adam was one of those teams. However, in the dark of night, disaster struck. What happened?
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