F1 » Forget NASCAR, football could move 2013 USGP

The University of Texas has called for a change of date for the 2013 US Grand Prix as it conflicts with one of its biggest college football games.

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November 22, 2012 2:35 PM

Spot on Richard. MotoGP will bring alot of people. If F1 wants to make it they had better look at what UOT is saying. There is a market but they have to be careful when they place the race.

PS Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating it.

Brad Dill - Unregistered

November 22, 2012 3:44 PM

The 2000 F1 race at Indianapolis had over 200,000 people. So even for F1 races in the US it was not a record. This was a first year crowd and the prices are a lot higher than Indy charged. I expect 2013 Austin to have lower attendance. "Been there done that and besides it is expensive syndrome" Here is a clip from an article about F1 Indy attendance:

"Despite multiple major problems at the venue, F1 raced there for 8 years, and annually brought out some of the highest attendance numbers of the F1 season, including the biggest ever F1 crowd. The 2000 USGP crowd of 220,000+ people was by all accounts I can find the largest single-day crowd in F1 history. The 2001 USGP was held about 3 weeks after 9/11, so this affected attendance, as you can well imagine. It was still the largest crowd in F1 that year at 175,000."

adpeguero - Unregistered

November 22, 2012 4:49 PM

FIA needs to do some publicity stunts for F1 to gain interest. Why not do some fun spots on TV to show before NASCAR race like bring a couple of F1 cars and race them agains a couple of NASCAR cars in an oval and in a road course? Why not do the same for Indycar? Why not let a top quarterback try out an F1 car? An MLB top hitter? The President? Arrange with a top SITCOM show to feature the episode in an F1 race or with Lewis Hamilton as a character in it? Or try Univision and place Alonso as a character for just one episode? I think this will go a long way and do a lot better than the efforts made by the great casts at Speed. Do something to show Americans what an F1 car can do. And get it in a major network like ABC, NBC, CBS, or Univision. I bet this F1 race sneaked up on most of the people in America who have no idea what F1 is or even care because they can't associate with it. Publicity goes a long way. Look at how they elect their Presidents :-)


November 22, 2012 4:57 PM

I find the comment written by Floyd interesting... He claims it was a better choice to watch a bunch of cars driving around turning left all race. Austin had tons of stuff going on. Need glasses my friend. Track is good and competitive. You know... actually turning left and right, slow corners, fast corners. Escape from the Nascar Cave...

cknopp - Unregistered

November 22, 2012 4:59 PM

I dont think the average American can understand the difference between and F1 car, and an Indy car...

If they were to do a Discovery channel special (Mythbusters) about an F1 car driving across the ceiling, that would be a great way to explain, interview, and pull off an incredible stunt... Something that Americans' will give their full attention.

Once a clip like that goes viral on YouTube, the mainstreal media will report it, and it would become a phenonemna.


November 22, 2012 5:24 PM

Just been checking some ticket prices
Austin GP 2012 general admission Sunday - from $200
Nascar Daytona 2013 race day general admission - from $39
Indy Detroit 2013 race day general admission - from $25

I spy a potential problem.....


November 22, 2012 8:13 PM

Nine NASCAR races had bigger raceday crowds in 2012 than the Austin F1 race. There would probably be a few more but some of the smaller ovals do not have the capacity. And this years attendances are about 9% down than 2010. So the attendance at Austin was impressive but you have to keep it in perspective.

Tesla - Unregistered

November 22, 2012 10:08 PM

As an American i know most folks are obsessed with NASCAR and the IndyCar series. we need to show our love more for the global sporting events such as f1, motogp and wrc. once IndyCar series was awesome but now it sucks, less said is better about NASCAR. football and baseball are different and cool. they should be. but ignoring global sports is bad and regressive culture most people there have set. i wish we Americans follow more f1, motogp and wrc. you know what? here in India more people follow these sports than us! i can't digest this fact :p

Mark _

November 22, 2012 11:52 PM
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Why are people so hung up on F1 being popular with the general public? The U.S. continues to attract some of the largest if not the largest crowds all season yet this is still not enough for some of you. This is a huge country and there are more people who understand the series than you think.

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