Europe Could Learn From America

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Audio pilot Allan McNish says that European racing could learn from the American approach to racing.

In an interview over at Crash.net, Allan explains that racing in Europe is centered on engineering excellence above all else while American racing focuses on the entertainment value first and engineering excellence second.

“The difference over in America is that entertainment comes before sporting perfection,”

This, he figures, makes American racing more exciting to watch and places ALMS second behind only NASCAR in viewers.

It’s no secret that I am an Audi sycophant and Allan fan, I also think some of the problems with American racing series is the edeication to the show first. While placing bums (as in backsides) in seats, it also has left us saying things like; “this is no more than pro-wrestling on four wheels” or “this is all rigged for the show”. One need look no further than the debacle that is the current NASCAR points system designed to ensure viewers in the autumn months as they compete with NFL footbal for viewers. The most consistent team this year was Jeff Gordon’t hendrick Chevrolet and yet he was robbed of the title by the byzantine rules that strip all participants of points for a shoot out for the title called the Race for the Cup.

Color me reactionary but this render’s the entire season pointless and defies the greatest thing about motor racing; consistency and engineering the best car. Now I’m not trying to sound like my favorite British motor racing genius Steve Machett but isn’t finishing a race in the fastest time really the point or is it creating fals drama for short attention spans?

I love ALMS. I really do. I love it for all the reasons I stopped watching NASCAR years ago. The ALMS is still racing with integrity and dedicated to the pure essence of motor sport that, for my money, started with gentlemen racers from the great Empire of Britain. NASCAR had a quaint, if not illegal, and humble beginning but lost that somewhere along the way. Let’s hope that we can take some of the show but retain the essence. I’m sure that’s what my boy Allan meant. ;)

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raithrover
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From what I’ve seen of American racing (and I admit more needs watched) I’ve not been that thrilled or entertained. It seems dumbed down to the lowest level possible – perhaps I’m just watching the wrong series?

Engineering is vital to F1 but also develops new forms of entertainment as you are more likely to observe the whole field (or at least I do) rather than the front pack.

Lucas S.
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Lucas S.

American racing has become very sad. I read something interesting about Dale earnhart one time, it claimed that he always got up early even on race days to watch F1.

Lucas S.

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So does Gordon.

Jackson
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Jackson
I think American racing is more designed for the casual fan to be able to watch the Daytona 500 without getting lost. F1 fans seem to be more “die hard” and want to know the technical side and the strategy behind everything. In the US, ratings seem to be king, and they will do whatever it takes to get a bored person to leave the channel on the race on a Sunday afternoon, so if they have to dumb it down a bit so the strategy doesn’t go over the casual viewers head, then they are all for it. Loading...
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Well said Jackson, that about sums it up. I feel oddly less intelligent when I watch a NAPCAR race. It is a fine line that Varsha a crew take when calling a race. They repeat a lot of mundane, newbie-type, information during the race for the new F1 viewer and that’s ok as long as the entire show isn’t geared to the newbie. The die-hard fans get frustrated hearing Bob explain qualifying top to bottom in the 18th race. If you haven’t got it by the 18th race, you never will. Bob does a good job of in-depth and topical… Read more »
Paul
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Paul
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with trying to make things more competitive and so entertaining. F1 needs as much competition as possible. However it should never be at the expense of it’s point. Which is prototype racing (Not spec racing with the biggest differentiator being custom paint jobs.) cars in competition to win races. The most advanced cars with the best drivers. Well, we can hope some of them are best anyhow. It’s point is not to make better road cars or green technology or whatever else. Sure you can do that too, but it should have little to do with… Read more »
Frantic
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yeah F1 needs to be more like NASCAR, F1 has plenty of stupid rules that no one can follow (even some teams cough BMW fuel one) so leave it be!

kimbo
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kimbo

I’m definitely open wheel racing fan and can’t stand NASCAR (maybe because I can’t chew tobacco) As in all sports here, it’s about the ratings. NASCAR can draw the causal fan who don’t appreciate the history and technical aspects of racing. It’s more about personality than anything with NASCAR. I’ve tried to appreciate the inner workings of NASCAR and found a video that explains it all http://www.theonion.com/content/video/nascar_coach_reveals_winning .