Things I’d like to see happen in motor sports down the road:
A NASCAR championship for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has earned his wings when a lot of others might have crashed and burned. Despite his name, life hasn’t been easy for Junior, with the death of his father in 2001 and the turmoil surrounding the family business. Through it all, Earnhardt seems to have gotten stronger as a person and competitor.
An agreement between the Indy Racing League and Champ Car World Series (formerly CART) to reunite and breathe life back into open-wheel racing in the United States before it’s too late.
A motor sports theme park in the Detroit metro area, with rides, games, exhibitions, museums, theaters and restaurants. If Orlando can have Walt Disney World, why can’t the D build Motor City World?
Tony Stewart drinking the milk after winning the Indy 500.
Open-wheel racing’s return soon to Michigan International Speedway, where it is second to none.
A street or plaque on Belle Isle named after Birmingham businessman Roger Penske, who has done more for motor racing in these parts than most. Perhaps Penske Drive?
More road courses and/or street circuits in both NASCAR and the IRL.
An end to bump drafting on super-speedways, which is tantamount to playing Russian roulette.
Richard Petty Enterprises back in victory lane.
An International Race of Champions renaissance. Watching the best from stock car, open-wheel, sports car and other forms of racing go head-to-head in equal equipment was always fun.
Jeff Burton to win a NASCAR championship because they don’t come better or fairer.
Sam Hornish Jr. to succeed in stock cars following a stellar open-wheel career. Some doubt his ability to make the switch, and he has struggled in recent Nextel Cup attempts. But don’t count him out.
A pro/celebrity race at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix featuring Matt Millen and a team of Detroit football writers. Priceless.
A victory in 2008 for Danica Patrick. She’s due for a win, I promise.
A change to NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship, which has been one great yawn this year.
The best of the best back at the Indy 500, which, despite open-wheel racing’s problems, is still “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”