The long, cold winter is upon us. More importantly, there's no more racing to watch. As per the usual tradition, I have amassed some of the best bootlegged races the Internet has to offer (which I have also already watched).
NASCAR has announced the Nationwide Series will not return to Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in 2013. While this is obviously a bad move, it does leave the door open for other series to attend. In that vein, the first video this year will be the 2002 Molson Indy Montreal. This was the first Champ Car race held here, and I would love to see IndyCar take NASCAR's place. This link takes you to Part 1 of 8.
Speaking of NASCAR, Daytona is only X number of days away (I'll leave the math to you). There's been a lot of talk last year about packs vs. tandems and there are some unknowns to sort out this year with the new bodies. People need to be reminded that packs and tandems are not the only choices! When the Camping World Truck Series started racing at Daytona, there were no restrictor plates or tapered spacers, and this gave us slingshot passes! For those who can't remember, a slingshot pass requires one vehicle using the draft of another vehicle to catch it, then fully overtaking the lead vehicle without other vehicles for assistance. The second selection is the 2001 Florida Dodge Dealers 250 (bad things happened that weekend but try focusing on just this race). This link will take you to the entire race.
And now for something completely different. I wrote about Alex Zanardi's marathon and Paralympic Gold Medal winning ways this year. What I did not write about was a demonstration he did with Max Papis in a Sprint Cup Car at (of all places) Monza. The third selection is a video of their demonstration with Zanardi riding along in a two-seat car.
The fourth selection will be a few extra laps Max Papis did for his demonstration. These include going onto the banking. To reiterate: the following video contains a Cup Car on the banking at Monza! Please try to contain your joy.
Finally, I have another video game to end on this year. "Ivan 'Ironman' Stewart's Super Off Road" was an arcade game converted to the NES. It's not the best racing game ever made, but it was one of the first games that allowed you to "buy" power-ups. Controls are simple: left and right arrow keys steer, 'X' key operates throttle/brake, and 'Z' key operates "nitro boost" (hey, I said it was an arcade game).