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This is gonna be interesting: http://sports.yahoo.com/nascar/news?slug=ap-nascar-notebook&prov=ap&type=lgns

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Gordon, Johnson to face F1's Schumacher

By MIKE HARRIS, AP Motorsports Writer

September 3, 2004

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) -- A race fan's dream matchup: NASCAR's Jeff Gordon vs. Formula One's Michael Schumacher.

It will happen Dec. 4, with four-time series champion Gordon and seven-time champion Schumacher entered in the 2004 Race of Champions Nations Cup in Paris.

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Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson, who combined to win the Nations Cup in 2002 when it was held in the Canary Islands, will take part in the all-star event along with more top drivers from F1 and the World Rally Championship.

They will race on a special figure-eight style dirt-and-paved track inside Stade de France, a 70,000-seat soccer stadium in Paris. The drivers will compete in single-seater formula cars, Ferrari sports cars and World Rally Championship cars.

The opportunity to race against Schumacher excites Gordon.

``The fact that he's going to be there is great,'' Gordon said. ``I had a chance to meet him earlier this year in Barcelona when Jimmie and I went to the F1 race there. He asked me when I was going to come to F1 and I said as soon as he retired.

``Michael brings a lot of interest to the event. This is definitely an opportunity to go over there and have some fun in a car that's different. The fact that he's over there and I get to go head-to-head against him is going to be awesome, win or lose. I would love to beat him, obviously, but I'm just excited to get to race him.''

Gordon and Johnson will attend the NASCAR awards banquet in New York on Dec. 3, then fly all night on a private plane to arrive in Paris in time to race Saturday.

``We'll have to get all the sleep we can on the plane because we're going to have to go straight to the track when we arrive,'' Gordon said.

MISCONSTRUED

Rusty Wallace wants to be clear on why he will retire after the 2005 season.

Wallace indicated during Monday's announcement that his decision was heavily influenced by the death of friend Dale Earnhardt in a crash during the 2001 Daytona 500 and by his own fear of being hurt in a race car.

``It got misconstrued a little bit,'' Wallace said Friday at California Speedway, where he will race in Sunday's Pop Secret 500. ``That didn't cause my decision to retire. It influenced it a little bit.''

Wallace recalled that he and Earnhardt had a long conversation the night before the seven-time Cup champion was killed and agreed they would both stop racing in a few years.

``We kept talking about quitting at the same time,'' Wallace said. ``He accumulates all that (success). He's a heck of a driver. He builds this thing. He's got his kid starting racing. He worked all his life to build it only to lose his life the final year and not be able to enjoy any of it.

``That's always been in the back of my mind a little bit, but that's not the main reason I wanted to retire. I want to retire at the top of my game. I think I've still got enough in me that I can go out there and still kick all these guys' butts.''

Wallace is 21st in the season points with six top 10s, including his first win in three years.<

AYE AYE, SIR

The U.S. Coast Guard will step up its sponsorship of Justin Labonte's Busch Series car in 2005.

Labonte, the 23-year-old son of two-time Cup champion Terry Labonte, will run the entire 35-race Busch schedule next season after running 15 races this year with Coast Guard sponsorship. The younger Labonte won his first Busch race earlier this season at Chicagoland Speedway.

``Being able to run a full schedule is so important to being a successful team,'' he said. ``You just can't make the same progress running a limited schedule, so we're very excited about racing ever week and making a run at the championship.''

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Jeff Gordon is going for a California sweep in 2004 after winning at California Speedway in April and Sonoma's Infiniti Raceway in June. ... Chevrolet has won three straight races and has 15 wins in 24 tries this season. Ford is next with seven wins while Dodge has won twice. ... Sixteen drivers have started all eight Cup races at California Speedway.
 

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They will race on a special figure-eight style dirt-and-paved track inside Stade de France, a 70,000-seat soccer stadium in Paris. The drivers will compete in single-seater formula cars, Ferrari sports cars and World Rally Championship cars.
That track needs more turns. ;)

Hopefully Speed will be covering it, I'd really like to watch.
 

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I hope Kimi will be there too. Too bad a figure eight is very close to the crap racing Nascar does. They should really just hold it on a road course like Nurburgring. Better yet, see if any Nascar driver could handle Monaco. Either way, that isn't really a true head to head if neither one has a lot of practice in the cars. However, all things aside, Schumacher's gonna destroy
 
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