Now I’m a huge fan of Nascar and go along as often as I can. But why do I prefer it over Formula 1?
Unlike in Formula 1, you haven’t got to be burn with a silver spoon in your mouth to be a Nascar driver, anyone with the skill to do it can become one. The feeder races leading up to the top races are full of regular guys racing on dirt tracks.
However most Formula 1 drivers were rich before they became successful and after they became successful they became completely obscenely rich, it’s crazy what they get paid. It’s certainly a very rich man’s sport and I don’t like the inequality of that. Even karting which is the first step towards becoming a F1 driver is expensive.
While Formula 1 cars are incredible pieces of machinery, and are much lighter than Nascar cars, they cost a huge amount to create and maintain. A Nascar is much cheaper to make and so more ordinary guys are able to get to drive one. And it’s a fairer fight because all the cars are built on the same chassis, either a Chevy, a Toyota or a Ford. In Formula 1 the team that wins is the team that generally has the most money.
A more interesting race
In Nascar you can start at the back and still come through and win the race. In Formula 1 that’s pretty much impossible, the tracks are just too narrow and it’s too hard to do any overtaking.
I also love all the noise and smoke of the Nascar race.
So for me it’s Nascar all the way, but it may be because I’m from the USA, I know that Formula 1 is probably more popular in the rest of the world.