Originally Posted by Hoosier Red
You're right that sports coverage can drive one nuts. That one in particular would have been so easy to check, but instead it was just thrown in. I'm sure Clark was well known into the 70's. I'm guessing they took Franchitti's birthday of 1973 and Clark's active years, and just lazily said 60's and 70's.
The problem with auto racing in particular is that so few people know and are paying attention acutely enough to call attention to the problem. If ESPN makes a factual error on a story about Lebron James, 90% more people know the error, and are more likely to be watching (and paying attention) to the show.
I've got to acknowledge that I erred. I happened to catch a re-broadcast of the Franchitti portion of Sports Center and the reporter referred to Jackie Stewart, not Jim Clark. Stewart was successful in both the 1960s and 1970s. I knew that Clark was Franchitti's idol and my brain (such as it is) thought it heard the reporter say Jim Clark, not Jackie Stewart. My apologies to ESPN.
I do agree that coverage of motor sports by media that does not generally concentrate in that area often leaves something to be desired.