Many years ago, I attended a Formula Ford racing school at Shannonville. It was so long ago that Scott Goodyear was running it, i.e., before Scott began his long and successful career as an IndyCar driver.
One of the attendees at that school was a skinny young French Canadian kid who had done very well in Quebec karting, but to my knowledge had never before sat behind the wheel of a proper racing car.
He spoke so little English that to help translate the classroom sessions he brought along his buddy - another skinny French Canadian kid - who, again to my knowledge, had never so much as seen a car race on TV, let alone set foot in a race track.
The karting kid was by far the fastest in our group.
The translator kid was second-fastest, giving birth to my theory that the Villeneuve gene runs deep and wide in Quebec.
Not sure what happened to the translator kid.
But the karting kid made quite a name for himself, again in IndyCars.
Congratulations to Alex Tagliani for his pole position for next week's Indianapolis 500.
Alex speaks English very well now.
I hope he hoists that legendary bottle of milk next Sunday (do they still do that??)