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Foreigners invade NASCARPosted Wednesday, December 19, 2007, at 9:11 AM
Watch out for a wave of new names in NASCAR next year.
Joining Juan Pablo Montoya, who was a rookie last season, are Jacques Villeneuve and Dario Franchitti, all from the open wheel ranks.
Toyota became NASCAR's first foreign manufacturer last year.
The formerly all-American institution is changing. Foreign drivers, or at least those with a more varied background than the typical NASCAR competitor, are arriving.
I doubt that Sprint Cup (the top series' new name as of next season) will be overrun with foreign drivers as the open wheel series like IndyCar or Champ Car have been.
But is the foreign blood coming into NASCAR a good thing -- or should it dominated by the red, white and blue?
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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