Well Montoya and Raikkonen seem to have graduated from F1 to NASCAR
but seriously now
"Olympic success seems to have little correlation with later MMA success, as many medalists hardly had distinguished careers switching to MMA."
is pretty spot on. Montoya, Marcos Ambrose etc have hardly been distinguished in NASCAR
I don't believe it's because NASCAR is difficult though, I mean, on an oval 80/90% of your pace is dictated by how good your car is setup but put those NASCARS on a circuit at the regular drivers look like idiots, like with Montreal a while back. A wreck on every turn, and not just the right hand ones either.
There may be contractual obligations they have to fulfil before they put it on their player. Waiting for repeats to be broadcast etc... I happen to think ITV do a damn fine job of broadcasting motorsport, they always have done.
I agree, better to have an ITV4 for broadcasting on, than shuffling popular motorsport events away on the "red-button". Although having said that, I don't recall ITV ever broadcasting F1 weekend practice sessions.