A dreary rain set in over the Fuji Speedway during the 1998 All-Japan Grand Touring Championship. A thick wall of fog and relentless, heavy rain blanketed the racetrack in almost unmanageable conditions. Then, an accident between a Porsche and Ferrari changed the course of Japanese racing forever. How did racing in Japan go from boring to world-wide phenomenon? How did punishing drivers that won lead to better racing? And, how did a 1997 Chevy Cavalier wind up in the middle of a Japanese race? Today on Past Gas, the history of racing in Japan and some of the stories behind the All-Japan Grand Touring Championship.
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