QOTD: Trying Something New?


1992 Pontiac LeMans sedan decklid emblem in California junkyard, © 2016 Murilee Martin/The Truth About Cars

Whether it’s a job, car, or food, trying something new often takes a dose of courage. It’s that reason why I always sit up and take notice when a racer steps out of the machine in which they normally compete and turn a wheel in a different environment.

Fernando Alonso did just that this weekend with Toyota at LeMans. The Spaniard appeared in the LMP1 class, part of a team that took the overall win. Not shabby at all.

There’s no shortage of them, that’s for sure. For starters, four-time Indy 500 champ A.J. Foyt also tried his hand at NASCAR. How many races did it take for him to earn a win? Only ten, as the victory came in the July race at Daytona. It would be the first of seven, including the Daytona 500 in 1972.

Famously, Kimi “leavemealoneiknowwhatimdoing” Räikkönen jumped into a NASCAR Camping World pickup and then Nationwide car in 2011, during which he uttered zingers over his radio such as “I am out of the drink again. It’s so small. Mark has to make sure it’s completely full, because it is too small.” This followed a stint kicking up dirt in the rallying world. All that activity was bookended by F1 duties.

Who tops your list of racers who dared to step outside their comfort zone?

[Image: © 2016 Murilee Martin/The Truth About Cars]