Hello all, I am working on launching a new website dedicated to the new b-spec racing series. I will be adding more info of where you can find the site shortly. I am trying to do more of the “Social Network” thing where I am blogging while developing. 🙂
Just some video of my recent track day with Nasa NorCal HPDE at Infineon Raceway.
This was my first time on this track.
Video of my First session
Auto Racing is like Soccer, The rest of the world can’t see to get enough of it, but Americans don’t really care about it.
I find it interesting of the opposing view points from reading F1 Blog and watching FastLane Daily. It is funny how F1 Blog seems to think that Americans have no idea what F1 is and FLD seems to think F1 is doing great in the US and Grand-Am is doing horrible. The major theme I get out of it is “Auto Racing in America, Is it Entertaining?”
NASCAR: It is the one popular racing sport in the US and here is why I think it is popular. Oval Races are easy to watch live, you can see everything that is going on. There are fun Friday night and Saturday night races going on all over the country. Going to the race is also a social experience in small towns, Over time this translates in to following the pro guys. Going to Pro NASCAR Race is a mini vacation, beer fest, tailgate party, It is not just about the Racing.
What is it that Americans don’t like about other Racing?
- Americans can not relate to a race or a how hard it is to be a good driver. It looks so easy, there is not enough of a challenge(in the Avg American’s eyes).
- If they are slightly interested and you want to go see a race live, it pretty much sucks live. You really only get a view of one corner at a time and to go see another corner it is a 1 mile hike. There are no jumbotrons at most tracks, either.
- There are not many hometown heroes to root for, Most Drivers come from other countries.
- Weak Story lines. Ok I watch one race, I have no vested interest in any of the drivers or teams, I don’t really care who wins, why would I watch next week? This is where the announcers need to step up their game. (I need to give Credit the World Challenge for inserting the coin flip. I don’t like the coin flip, but I like that they were trying to spark things up) Our Announcers Assume two things, 1 The audience knows nothing about what they are watching and tries to explain everything, or 2 They assume we are true fans and know everything and we will always tune in. They need something more.
- AMLS and Grand-Am, Your Races are too Long. If you had a major fan base already, 2.5 hours would be fine, but getting someone to commit 2.5 hours time to something they know nothing about is very hard.
I am a racer and a race fan and even I can’t watch a full race. I am looking at the racer’s aspect, I am looking at racing lines, passing techniques and pit strategy. I am also pressed for time to watch racing and do my own. I am watching F1, AMLS, Gram-am(both broadcasts),WRC, DTM, V8 Supercars, BTCC and WTCC (when I can get them). I will also watch Nascar and Indy cars when they are on a road course.
What do you think American Racing needs?
In a recent article BBC and Top Gear lost an injunction with the Stig, allowing him to release his tell all book about being the Stig for 7 year. The Stig is no other than Ben Collins, a 33 year old racing driver, but I guess a damn good one at that.
What Color will new Stig wear?
When the last Stig(who wore black) was revealed, he was immediately killed off in the TV series. He was replaced with the current Stig(who wore white). Now what color will the next stig be? I could guess that would go with a Silver/gray Stig or even a Red Stig, but only time will tell.
Some Say that he is stupid for giving up his job as the Stig so he can publish a book, and that no one will read the book as he killed the mystry of the Stig, all we know is that he is called Ben Collins….
I agree that there is a problem with F1. I live in the USA and I record most of the races and watch them later in the day. I fully admit that I have started to fast forward though a lot of the race. I also ask my self why?
Well I think Michael Schumacher has alot to do with it. Ferrari and Schumacher have dominated F1 for so long, that it has become an institution and frankly many of the races were Boring, but we watched in amazement to see if they could continue their streak. If Schumacher was not winning then he was a threat and made it interesting, and if he was out of the race we got a surprise winner in the end. In the past, every race was a win win for lot of fans. If Schumacher won, we were amazed that he did it again, if he lost it was a surprise and we still enjoyed the race.
Now, even though this has been an exciting year with many different lead changes, every time I press play I am pretty much set to watch Ferrari or Mclaren run away with a win. The victories by Ferrari or Mclaren are so much, that it is not fun to watch. Even with BMW catching up. For me it seems like it is just a 2 team race anymore and none of the drivers excite me. I don’t have anyone to root for.
The lack of any real driver interviews about what happened during the race also leave be a bit empty and not really involved. I can’t even root for the underdog as no media covers their story. The teams secretive nature does not allow one to get to know and like any one team or driver.
Other issue for me are:
1. I live in the USA and there is no F1 race here anymore.
2. There are no American Drivers to root for ( not F1’s fault)