Random ramblings of a confused homo sapien inhabiting the 3rd rock from the sun..
Monday, February 07, 2005
Formula for Karthikeyan' success
Yeah, F1… It’s good news that Narain Karthikeyan is going to be driving a Jordan (or whatever it will be called this year, after a change of management). Coming as it did, when one least expected it, it is creditable that the 28 year old has held on to his dream. In fact it seems that he has had a quiet couple of years, with the younger Karun Chandok doing much of the dare devil driving under the Indian flag. It has been said that Karthikeyan, “on his day”, has beaten the likes of Takuma Sato. But he will need more of “his days” to first avoid the typical first corner pile up at most circuits and even more to finish.
Will this news mean an entry of Jordan replica apparel into the Indian market and a spurt in similar sales here in the US? I would bet my money on such a trend, having seen the extent to which the average desi visitor to the 2003 Indianapolis Grand Prix had adopted the Tifosi colors as his or her own. But I do hope this observation about the desi fans of the regarding the Dark Lord’s progeny will be proved wrong. The presence of an Indian driver should hopefully change this status quo. But I think that the average Indian always places bets on a runaway winner and that too only after having analyzed its prospects to the maximum. So you find a lot of Indians rooting for the Australians, sometimes even going against India in the process. But this Karthikeyan issue is a novelty, much like an Indian presence in the finals of an event in the Olympics and so every Indian eye is going to be positively turned on the Jordan team. So this might actually separate the real Tifosi from the million other pretenders who were in for the free ride. I am rubbing my hands in glee and looking forward to this particular prospect. As for me, my black baseball cap with “West” emblazoned on it is always going to be on, through thick or thin. However I will be keenly following Karthikeyan’s drive and will be rooting for him, albeit as an individual driver.
During a week when F1 has been in the news in India, I caught one of Fox’s NFL commentators touting the “Fastest race in the world, the Daytona 500”. By the way, the Daytona 500 is a 500 lap stock car race, the first race of the year in the NASCARchampionship. With average speeds in Formula 1 is higher by atleast 25 mph (and top speeds going to be separated with much more, because most of the Nascar tracks are ovals), I cannot imagine a statement as short sighted as this from one of the commentators on ESPN STAR. John Dykes, Chris Goodwin and the rest are the best.