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DO THE CRIME, PAY THE TIME: O'Donnell said that suspended Nationwide Series driver Jeremy Clements, following his racially insensitive remark last weekend, "will work with Dr. Richard Lapchick before any reinstatement occurs." Lapchick, who founded the Center for the Study of Sports in Society, is a "national authority on diversity issues in sports and does annual studies of each of the four major leagues in minority-hiring issues" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 3/3). ESPN.com's Blount noted O'Donnell "defended NASCAR's decision to suspend" Clements. O'Donnell also said that NASCAR "has a plan for Clements' eventual return to racing." He said, "Our go-forward plan with Jeremy is to quickly engage Dr. Richard Lapchick to work with Jeremy as soon as possible and get Jeremy back in the race car as soon as possible and as soon as we deem fit" (ESPN.com, 3/2).
VIVA LA MEXICO: Driver Abraham Calderon won Friday's NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series race at Phoenix Int'l Raceway in a car sponsored by the World Baseball Classic. The WBC also was featured on Calderon's race suit, as the driver won the first ever Mexico Series race held outside of Mexico. The WBC sponsored the car to mark the beginning of WBC training camps and exhibition games in Phoenix this week, and was on site at PIR all weekend. Fans were able to purchase WBC tickets and enter to win prizes (WBC). NASCAR.com's David Caraviello wrote the Mexico Series race for NASCAR was an "opportunity to spotlight an international effort that also includes a fledgling circuit in Europe and a more established tour in Canada." For the Toyota Mexico Series, it was a "chance to perform at a major American motorsports facility." Caraviello: "Clearly, it meant a great deal for the Mexico Series drivers to compete in the U.S." (NASCAR.com, 3/1). BEYONDTHEFLAG.com's Mike Smallwood wrote, "I am not understanding the reason behind having a NASCAR Mexico race in America." If NASCAR is "trying to get new fans into the sport from another country then that is like a last ditch effort to get new fans." Although there are "probably many NASCAR fans in Mexico and its great to see them have a series they should not be racing in the United States because that would defeat the purpose of the Mexico in the series name" (BEYONDTHEFLAG.com, 3/2).