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We need someone with experience. We need someone who understands the technical aspects of road and automobile design. We need someone who has gone over 200 miles an hour.
We need someone who knows there is more to motorsports than Nascar. We need someone who knows what it means to have a life-threatening accident behind the wheel. We need someone who can put a Senator in the passenger seat of a Ferrari and scare the living crap out of them. That's how you get bills passed in the Department of Transportation.
We need a fellow gearhead.
If you think there's anyone we left off this list, let us know in Kinja below. If there are any policies you think these ten candidates should enact, let us know as well.
10.) The Stig
We kind of like the idea of a transportation secretary who can't talk. Some say he's the original tea partier...
9.) Jeremy Clarkson
Hogging the left lane? Clarkson's trained snipers on every overpass will take out your tires.
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8.) Mike Kojima
We need someone with perspective and technical knowledge. Reader Spikejnz explains why Kojima is the right man for the job.
Mike Kojima — because former editor of Turbo!, Import Tuner and Sport Compact Car magazines. He's currently an editor over at MotoIQ, where he works with many brilliant car nerds (i.e. Dave Coleman) to bring us interesting, highly-technical, relevant, and detailed articles about anything car related. Want to know how to build a Hayabusa-powered Miata? They can show you...
In addition to his editing prowess, he's also a former engineer for TRD and Nissan, and occasionally acts as a consultant for race teams to help them properly dial in their suspension setups. He currently works as a chassis engineer for Daijiro Yoshihara (Formula DRIFT) and Falken Motorsports.
7.) Ralph Gilles
We need a bureaucrat who doesn't take any typical Washington BS. As we've seen, Ralph Gilles knows when you're full of shit. Also, he's familiar with working for the Government.
6.) John Davis
5.) Kenny Blizzock
We don't even care if Kensington P. Blockensohn can enact any good policies. We just want him to be in the authority to shut down entire highways and cities to make the ultimate Gymkhana vid. We have a few location suggestions.
4.) Elon Musk
We welcome a future where our highways are lined with powerdicks.
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3.) Michael Knight
Who is more acquainted with in-car technology than anyone else? Who understands how to regulate talking cars? Who has experience with high-speed driving, and cutting through law enforcement red tape? Mr. Knight Rider, that's who.
2.) Bob Lutz
The Hooniverse already confirmed this appointment, and we can all look forward to pushups outside of DOT offices at oh- five hundred hours every morning, right after Lutz flies to work on his jet fighter.
1.) Sir Jackie Stewart
Only one man has a real understanding of speed and promoting safety. It's Sir Jackie Stewart. He fought to make F1 less deadly against opposition from team owners, race organizers, and even his fellow drivers. He's our man for a safer, faster America.