Champion Chat: Scott Russell (Part 1)
NEWS January 27, 2012
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
AMAPro: There are transporters rolling into Daytona Beach for the Rolex 24 At Daytona this weekend, and it made us think, you're one of the few people that have been around Daytona International Speedway on a motorcycle and in a car. What it’s like racing around Daytona on four wheels instead of two?
SR: It’s quite different. It was fun I have to say, but intense at the same time. It’s different being strapped in a racecar with the heat and driving while sitting in a position that’s much different than on a bike. On a motorcycle, you’re tucked in and in the wind, but at the same time, it was a difficult thing to do. A lot of people think that if they can ride a motorcycle, they can drive a car. It was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be.The lateral Gs that you feel in a car are different than on a bike. On a racebike, you don’t feel the Gs as much because you’re leaned over, whereas in a car, you’re sitting up right. But the biggest difference is being able to see... being strapped in a car, low to the ground with a long hood on it is much different than on a motorcycle. Fortunately, I was able to adapt quickly and get some good results.
AMAPro: What are your plans for racing cars in the future?
SR: I won’t be racing cars anytime soon. That was then and this is now. That was a two-year deal that I had, but I don’t see that happening again soon.
AMAPro: What are your plans for next season?
SR: Hopefully I’ll be doing the commentary for AMA Pro Road Racing on SPEED again. I’ve done that for the last year and a half. I’m looking forward to doing another season. We’ve had great competition, and I think the competition is as good as it’s ever been. Having Josh Herrin and Danny Eslick move up to AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike with guys like Josh Hayes is going to be interesting for the series.
AMAPro: As former road racer yourself, how has the transition been going from road racer to TV commentator been?
SR: Difficult, stressful sometimes... I think it was easier to be a rider than anything else. It gets easier as time goes on. Like being a rider, the more seat time you have is just like more time on the microphone. I’ve got a little bit of a rhythm going, I think, and it’s starting to come easier. You have to remember, I had no training in that department, but I do know a lot about the sport, so it’s a perfect place for me to be.
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