So when I sat down to write my post tonight, I decided I wanted to get away a little bit from our normal groove of topics. I thought “hey, a top ten best driver websites post might be fun.” I was about to be in for a serious letdown.
What I ended up coming up with is sort of a top five best sites list and a top five worst sites list. And to be honest, it was a bit of a struggle to find five good ones. Since I like good news first, I’ll give you the top five best to kick it off. Before I do though, my evaluations are based on just a first impression of the site. I didn’t dig into features or interactivity or anything like that. Also, whatever opinion I may have about the drivers was left out. So here you go:
The first four were pretty easy. They are all unique and have good eye candy. I’ve got to say though, Jamie’s site just barely made this list. There is definitely a gap between fourth and fifth here. Just a quick note, a site that I would have included on this list is Jimmie Johnson’s site. Only, it isn’t really his site. JimmieJohnson.com points to LowesRacing.com. This was supposed to be about driver’s sites, and since this one is really more the sponsor site, it was disqualified.
Moving on to the worst driver websites. I’ve only got one word: wow. I’m sure some very nice folks probably invested some serious time building these online homes, but where are these drivers’ business managers? It isn’t 1994 anymore, its okay now to have a cool website. Besides, I understand that a nice site costs a pretty penny, but its not like these guys don’t have the dough. So without further ado, here they are, the top five worst:
I know that our site (TheNascarInsiders.com if you forgot) isn’t exactly on the cutting edge of blogs, but I think it serves us well. I feel like its clean and easy to navigate. I can’t say the same about our offenders above. If I was a race fan searching out my favorite driver’s website, I’d want a slick place where I could hang out, get news, see some photos, or maybe catch a podcast or a blog. These five just don’t deliver.
In today’s corporate NASCAR, I feel like it reflects badly on drivers who have a crappy website. I’m sure their sponsors are less then thrilled also. More and more, the first place most of us go for information is the internet. If you wanted to find out who this old guy is beating up on everyone at Pocono, and you went to Google and ended up at MarkMartin.com, you’d be seriously disappointed.
Now that this debacle is over, keep in mind that this certainly wasn’t a scientific exercise and I’m definitely no expert when it comes to web design. I just pointed out the sites I liked, and those I didn’t like. With that, I’ll open up the discussion. What is your opinion on these sites? Do you have a favorite driver site? For those drivers that have poor websites, does it affect your opinion of them? What do you want out of one of these sites when you visit?