As AJ and BV began a long day at Michigan, our friends at Red Bull Formula One wrapped up their swing through North America, as the United States Grand Prix was run on the hallowed grounds of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Despite all the caviar, culture and visits to exotic venues, F1 lags far behind NASCAR when it comes to captivating the American audience.
Here are 10 reasons why F1’s got nothing on NASCAR.
1. Real racers race every weekend. F1 races, what, 17 times in 2007? Weak! Try 38 times.
2. Unlike F1, NASCAR drivers can make up for an ill-handling car. If you ain’t in a Ferrari or McLaren, you got no shot.
3. We have cool terms like dirty air and Darlington stripe. What’s F1 got? A shunt?
4. F1’s high-end hospitality pales in comparison to a Martinsville hot dog or a Talladega turkey leg. And man, those pink dogs, with a little chili on top, are tasty.
5. NASCAR is a contact sport. After all, rubbin’ is racin’.
6. You have Bernie. We have Brian — France, that is. The Frances are gods around these parts.
7. F1 has the Concorde Agreement. NASCAR has gentleman’s agreements.
8. NASCAR lets its fans mill around in the garage and interact with drivers and crews. F1’s top-secret technology is on lockdown. What’s the point of having it if you can’t flaunt it?
9. Does F1 have fat, sweaty, beer-gutted race fans that pitch tents and live in squalor day after day just to see a race in the middle of nowhere? So dedicated are these folks that they’d rather die than miss 500 miles of entertainment.
10. Monaco is one cool circuit. But Watkins Glen … well, score one for F1.