NASCAR fan unhappy about McNabb gets VIP access for Michigan race

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As you’d figure, Donovan McNabb’s appearance at today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Auto Club Speedway has met with mixed reaction from NASCAR fans on Twitter.

But thanks to Michigan International Speedway president Roger Curtis, at least one of those unhappy fans has been made happy.

Michael Johnson, whose Twitter account states him as a 21-year-old from Mattawan, Mich., joined in on a conversation started by Jenna Fryer of the Associated Press.

Earlier this afternoon, Fryer referenced the former NFL quarterback’s comments last fall about new Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson not being a true athlete, saying “the same NASCAR fans who were so disgusted by McNabb in November should be equally outraged he’s being VIP’ed all over Fontana.”

Johnson gave his two cents on the matter, and then asked Curtis if he could have VIP access for a NASCAR weekend later this season at MIS:

But then things took a big turn, when Curtis shocked the fan by honoring his request.

Curtis later disclosed that Johnson would enjoy all the perks:

Needless to say, the fan was quite thrilled.

And we have to say we’re quite impressed by Mr. Curtis’ generosity. Good on him.

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”