At the first checkpoint during his run in the final shootout to decide the overall Hillclimb Champion at the Festival of Speed, Max Papis in his Chevrolet Impala SS was ahead of Sebastien Loeb in the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak.
Think about that for a moment …
Sure, the big NASCAR had the edge on the sophisticated French machine in terms of snort, but when it came to chassis, transmission technology, and weight it was more a case of Heckler & Koch G36 versus a blunderbuss. In the tighter middle section of the Hillclimb the heavy Chevy didn’t have the agility to keep up with the Pug’s time, but for sheer entertainment and commitment Papis was a bona fide grade-a crowd pleaser.
Next to him in the NASCAR section of the F1 paddock was Kerry Earnhardt, who was here to demonstrate to the crowd his late father Dale’s 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR. We’d say that they were both having a ball, and judging by the people surrounding both them and the rest of the NASCAR awning it looks like the crowd was loving every minute.