Kickin' it with Keselowski (cont.)
American Idol announced a new slate of judges this season. Is that enough to save the show, and if you don't watch, what does the series need to do to bump up the ratings and remain No. 1 across the board in the Nielsens?
I don't watch American Idol. And for it to get my attention, it's going to have to involve people singing in their race cars. I'm just not into that kind of stuff!
You don't even watch the botched episodes with the bad singing?
No. I was that kid in choir who would sit in the back and wouldn't sing.
All these drivers in the Nationwide Series are losing their rides. Who do you think is the biggest up-and-coming talent that deserves to hang around?
-- Jim, Melbourne, Fla.
Well, there's not just one in my mind, there are so many good ones. It's probably a toss-up between Trevor Bayne and Justin Allgaier. Between those two, it's very difficult to pick one. Trevor brings a lot of youth, and a lot of speed, which is where everything starts. And he's got a great smile, a great personality. But the same can be said for Justin, and he's a proven winner. He's got a year or two of experience under his belt, too ... both of them have a lot going for them.
Faith Hill. WIN HER. Huge Faith Hill fan. Always liked her. She's the All-American girl. I don't know, she emphasizes what it means to me to be this beautiful, unachievable woman in America. She's got it all, too good to be true.
Oprah Winfrey. SPIN HER. Yeah, I don't know. I never really got it. She's got a lot of fans, and a great personality which is cool. But I just never really got into the whole Oprah craze.
Today's Topic: Music
RING ME UP: Well, I've been in a Led Zeppelin/Pearl Jam mood lately. Big fans of them.
I LOST THE NUMBER: That band Rob Thomas sings in, Matchbox 20. Never could stand them.
Take us around a lap at Kansas.
Well, Kansas is a mile-and-a-half track that's starting to show some age. It's been around for eight or nine years, and the pavement's starting to wear out. It's got some Midwest summers and winters on it. It's starting to become rough to drive on.
But the key to Kansas is it's very similar to California even though it's a half-mile shorter. It has the same seams and the same characteristics. The loads in the car are very similar, and the way the car transitions through the corner is very similar. Going down into turn 1, it's very flat and narrow while California is wide, but once you get to the center of the corner it drives almost identical to California. You cross over the seams that create the layers of asphalt from the top to the bottom, and it's very slick, especially on top. Once you cross down to the bottom, you cross down and use a moderate amount of brake, and hug the bottom almost all the way around the corner.
Turn 2 is one of the trickiest places in racing to get off the corner because of the way the corner comes in at you. You can get on the gas really early, and then the corner comes in at you and you'll about knock the wall down. It's very difficult, and there's a lot of slide off the top of the wall off turn 2. Carry your run down the back straightaway because, unlike Chicago which has the curved backstretch, Kansas has a straight backstretch. Go down into turn 3 and try to put as much arc as possible into it, which is really difficult because there's a series of bumps going into turn 3 that can affect the car. Especially if you have a lot of yaw in it from putting a lot of arc in, you have to watch out for that. You drive down to the bottom, which again is fairly rough, not terrible but fairly rough, and it's got just a little bit more corner entry or more grip than 1 and 2. You carry just a little bit more speed through there. You hug the bottom of that corner as well, just like 1 and 2, and again turn 4 is a little bit of a tricky exit as well because the wall kind of comes in at you. So you slide up off of corner exit, and do it again. A very simple mile-and-a-half, as simple as simple can be.
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