Apr 18, 2005
Who's Better Anyway?By JR Nerad
For years now Driving Today has been giving you an inside look into the four major racing series most of interest to American racing fans -- NASCAR Nextel Cup, Formula One, Champ Car World Series and Indy Racing League -- but aside from sheer speculation there has never been a way to compare drivers from the four series in any realistic way. Now there is. Maybe.
STATS, Inc., which has ranked itself as "the world's leading sports information and statistical analysis company," has joined with SPEED Channel, not simply because both companies spell their names in capital letters, but also because STATS provides exclusive information and data from its proprietary databases to fans, professional teams, print and broadcast media, iTV platforms, software developers and interactive and wireless service providers around the globe. STATS is clearly an expert when it comes to providing statistical data on the stick-and-ball sports, and the new initiative allows it to expand its reach in the ethereal world of motorsports.
"We receive an unbelievable amount of e-mail correspondence loaded with passion for a particular racing series or driver," said Kevin Annison, a SPEED Channel vice president. "F1 fans tell us they have little respect for NASCAR drivers. NASCAR drivers don't exactly welcome open-wheel transplants onto their tracks with open arms. So, we decided to come up with something that shows how the best of the best match up."
According to STATS, current-year results, last 10 races, last five races and last race will be factored in equally, with an adjustment factor to compensate for the series different scoring systems. In addition, a "competition difficulty factor" has been included to balance the competitive depth of each series. Hmmm, now how does F1 compare with NASCAR on the difficulty factor? That might be the subject of another controversy.
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