Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Bobby Labonte meets the NASCAR Citizen Journalist Media Corps
Bobby Labonte, on the NASCAR Citizen Journalist Town Hall meeting on Twitter, said he has talked to Kevin Harvick about driving a full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Labonte said he would like to run for a championship and race with Ron Hornaday Jr. on Harvick's Truck Series team.
Labonte, driver of the No. 96 Ford for Hall of Fame Racing in the Sprint Cup Series, was on a video conference that was simultaneously covered on Twitter. The newly created NASCAR Citizen Journalist Media Corps submitted questions to Labonte via Twitter and he answered them in a video conference broadcast on the Internet.
He was asked about driving in the Truck Series and if he had any desire to return. He said racing in the Truck Series does interest him. Harvick has a Truck and a Nationwide Series team. Hornaday leads the Truck Series standings and has won four races in a row.
One of the questions I asked him was if he ever envisioned a day when newspapers would be struggling so much and online media would gain increasing prominence. One of the reasons NASCAR created the Citizen Journalists Media Corps was to address the shrinking coverage from traditional media, including newspapers, at races. The Citizen Journalist Media Corps is a network of websites dedicated to covering NASCAR and motor sports.
Labonte said he and his family still subscribes to a newspaper, but he subscribes and reads magazines online. He also said we are living in a "now society." Fans want real time coverage and instant information. They don't want to wait to watch news on TV at night or read the morning newspaper to find out what happens in races.
"That's going to be something that hurts," Labonte said. "It's just a different way we're all viewing. It's not going to be gone tomorrow. Maybe they'll find their nitch in society they haven't found yet."
The questions ranged from what are Labonte's plans for the future at Hall of Fame Racing, to whether he thinks there should be a Cup race at O'Reilly Raceway Park instead of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to how many electronic gadgets he has.
The video conference attracted 45 viewers and lasted about 30 minutes.