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SBD/Issue 204/Leagues & Governing Bodies
Published July 14, 2008
In a special to the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, Dave Zirin writes despite efforts to improve its image, NASCAR is "still a sport where racism thrives below the surface, and sexism … is as much a part of the scenery as the Stars and Bars." Zirin: "NASCAR is in danger of being crushed by this contradiction. It’s attempting to reach an international audience while displaying the worst kind of backward provincialism.” The $225M racial and sexual harassment suit filed by former NASCAR technical inspector Mauricia Grant “could destroy NASCAR, or at the very least, put it in permanent marketing purgatory. Ironically the person perhaps best-equipped to save NASCAR from itself” is Grant, whose “love of motorsports is so intense, so pure, that she can separate the beauty of the sport from the ugly underbelly desperately clinging to its wheels” (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 7/14).
WILD RIDE: In St. Louis, Kathleen Nelson wrote a "good week for the U.S. teams in the Tour de France was marred Friday" after Manuel Beltran, a former member of the U.S. Postal/Discovery team, tested positive for EPO. Beltran is the fourth former teammate of Lance Armstrong to test positive, joining Tyler Hamilton, Floyd Landis and Roberto Heras (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 7/12).