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Old 07-13-2010, 12:14 PM
 
Location: CO
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OP got it right in that if they want to gain fans here they had better figure out a way to have more racing instead of the common parade. F1 is a sport domitaed by fans who like the cars more than racing.Between the cars and the drama of racing politcs that is their fan base.
Actually, most F1 fans are fans of the drivers - especially those nations who have a driver representing their country. It's a world wide sport. The rest of the fans are typically fans of the teams... Ferrari being the dominant team because of their recent success. Yes, the cars are great and the technology is amazing, but that's not the biggest draw, though it's a decent draw.

I would like to see more passing as well, and I think they should do more to encourage more passing. But the more you limit the sport with regulations, the more you take away what it's been about since the beginning - and there are already a ton of regulations. Look at all the people complaining about how much NASCAR has been regulated. It's practically a spec series now - and even then, you can still usually guess who the top 5 will be at the end of the race or the end of the season. Most road racing series will usually have the same group of drivers at the front. Not much you can do about that. With that said, I'd still like to see the aero rules changed a little so that it's easier for drivers to pass each other in F1.
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Old 07-16-2010, 08:10 AM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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I gave up watching F1 during the Schumacher parade lap years (after watching, pretty regularly, for 30 years or so) and just started watching again about mid last season. This year has been pretty entertaining and I like the changes to qualifying. With no refueling, I expected to see a lot more cars running out of gas the last lap or so, but that hasn't happened.

Given the economy, the political climate, the last disastrous US F1 race and the ridiculous fees Bernie charges, I'm not holding my breath for another US race. I'm happy with the only North American race being Canada, even if it is a road course.
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Old 07-16-2010, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I'd definitely like more passing, but it has to be hard enough to be significant. NASCAR's 235363645643 passes for the lead per race are as bad as a parade F1 race if only two of them, presumably in the last 2 laps, mean something.
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Old 07-16-2010, 11:05 AM
 
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If Tavo Hellmund comes through on everything he says, he has a steep mountain to climb and quickly. I'll believe it when the track is opened.
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Old 07-16-2010, 12:19 PM
 
Location: 59N
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OP got it right in that if they want to gain fans here they had better figure out a way to have more racing instead of the common parade. F1 is a sport domitaed by fans who like the cars more than racing.Between the cars and the drama of racing politcs that is their fan base.
Guilty. I'm more interrested in the cars, technology, tracks and speed than actual racing.
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Old 10-07-2010, 12:31 PM
 
Location: In San Antonio
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Formula 1 Site map for Austin, TX. If I read correctly this will be a December race which could make it a big player in the points if it close. Either way this is whats to come


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Old 10-09-2010, 09:44 AM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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I'll need to see shovels turned and bulldozers working by early spring 2011 if I am to believe in 2012 - and even then they'll be fortunate to hit a late 2012 race date.

South Korea started building late 2009, and it's been touch-and-go if they'll actually be done by late this month - the articles I've read indicate that there is still a lot unfinished.
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Old 10-11-2010, 09:36 AM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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No doubt a first class road course in Texas can become a profitable venture for the owners. I have my doubts about any success of F1 at this or any track in the US.
Indianapolis is arguably the center of Open wheel racing and if they could not keep F1 at the best spectator friendly track for road racing how do folks think it can become a popular and successful venue in Texas?

If there were no NASCAR then maybe F1 could become the #1 spectator motor sport here but I doubt that's gonna happen real soon.

This not a NASCAR vs Open wheel post, just somebody who enjoys all types of motor racing.
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Old 10-11-2010, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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No doubt a first class road course in Texas can become a profitable venture for the owners. I have my doubts about any success of F1 at this or any track in the US.
Indianapolis is arguably the center of Open wheel racing and if they could not keep F1 at the best spectator friendly track for road racing how do folks think it can become a popular and successful venue in Texas?

If there were no NASCAR then maybe F1 could become the #1 spectator motor sport here but I doubt that's gonna happen real soon.

This not a NASCAR vs Open wheel post, just somebody who enjoys all types of motor racing.
Just call F1 the Red Bull Racing Circuit!
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Old 10-11-2010, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Was all excited to watch the race in Japan, and my boy Petrov crashes out in 1.3 seconds........
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