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July 13, 2007

F1 Leaves Indy

Formula One won’t be back at Indianapolis next year to run the US Grand Prix. F1 came back to America to race at the specially created road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway 8 years ago.

According to F1 head Bernie Ecclestone, F1 doesn’t need the race in the US, despite the fact that the race has one of the largest crowds on the circuit.

I’m really not a big F1 fan, but I tried to watch the Indy races. But for some reason, they didn’t seem to advertise them. In reading the story about F1 not returning next year, I discovered that this year’s US Grand Prix had already been run.

I would have at least made an attempt to watch it, but either they didn’t advertise it or it wasn’t on TV due to some stupid blackout rule. This makes at least three US Grands Prix that I’ve missed simply because they didn’t publicize it.

I complain a lot about NASCAR, having been what I call a former fan. But at least in NASCAR, winning the pole doesn’t guarantee you the race win. And in NASCAR, at the end of the race, you’re at least guaranteed points. I can’t imagine what it’s like to spend a gazillion bucks (or Euros or whatever) on a race team and then not score any points.

F1 races for the most part are like watching qualifying laps. After the first lap (and the inevitable wreck at the first turn) there’s no passing; they just put in lap after lap. These are supposed to be the best drivers in the world, but I don’t see that. They have so much technology in those cars that about all the driver does is steer it.

So, to F1 I say, So Long. Glad you don’t need a US audience. Go back overseas with the soccer players and continue to spend all that money on all that technology. Over here, we have real racing to watch.

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