"...for as long as there have been cars there has been [dramatic pause] The Race." Meaning the illegal cross-country roadtrip run every year by those whose families have been kidnapped and sponsored by powerful, evil persons unknown. Presumably the narrator is alluding to The Race's beginnings in 1903 when Horatio Nelson Jackson was blackmailed* into driving across the continent.
Yes, I watched the series premiere of "Drive." Like everyone else, I really just tuned in to see how Nathan Fillion was doing without the brown coat. And (probably, again, like everyone else) I will not be watching another episode as it measured precisely up to the mark assigned to it: subsistence as an excuse for farcical automotive action.
Fillion's character, unaware of what's going on, arrives in an aged pickup. (Points for style on missing the orientation, by the way.) What is truly hilarious, though, is the Dodge [New] Charger driven by Fillion's nemesis, the race watchdog. Dodge has been recklessly slathering television with placement of the new Charger since before its release, and I wonder if it's a coincidence that the only other new vehicle in the race is the Caravan driven by the youngish-mom character. Yes, the Charger's distinctive face is flashed on the screen many times, but what makes it all a tremendous joke is that when Fillion decides to swap his old landscaping co. workhorse for the Dodge, in what is at first a "now our hero's gonna kick some" moment, the car immediately breaks down. So, how does Chrysler Corp feel about this? No word as yet.