Americans in F1?
If a American Manufacturer and a decent American Driver (obviously not Speed) in F1 is that all it would take to get Americans interested in F1...or what would it take to get more Americans Interested
As for American drivers apart from Marco Andretti, I don't think any have even an remote intrest in F1. But looking at the testing Andretti did for Honda earlier this year, I would say he has a very good chance for making a succesful transistion for IRL to F1. Although Andretti isn't use to tranction control (not used in IRL) and was in last year's Honda (so comparrisons with the other drivers in the new cars was tricky) he managed to be 0.069 seconds off the time Christian Klien set the day before in that car. Klien has been in F1 for several years now. It was the SECOND day that Andretti had ever driven an F1 car. And this is before we get to the fact the Andretti's surname is, well, Andretti and is a member of (probably) the most famous racing family in America and the world. If he wins races there well be an increase of intrest.
Now for the main rival for F1 in America is NASCAR and the two are completly different beasts. NASCAR is oval racing (for F1 to do one would requir a whole new car design, tyres [although that shouldn't be a problem for Bridgestone with it's Firestone connections], etc.) , several hundreds(?) of laps which through several yellow flag periods becomes several short sprint races and crashes that take out 'x' of the field . Neither of these appeal to F1 fans (I, personally, have tried to watch NASCAR a few times but it was the qualifing system that always threw me off) but at the same time what happens in the average F1 race doesn't appeal to NASCAR fans. I'm not suggesting that F1 adoptes an NASCAR-style but if the cars can be a bit less downforce-dependant then over-taking opertunities could be improved and the F1 sterotype of 'prade-racing' could be removed for the American mind and make it more appealing.
Another F1 race in America (Watkins Glen or a street race in Las Vegas or...) would also help.
Amazingly you could get two out of three, but I dont see an American company that would be willing to invest the money it takes to compete in F1. Some drivers that would be able to transition to F1 and take some of their fan base are Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Jr obviously. I think Stewart would have the easiest time with the transition, I dont think Bernie would like him much though. Gordon would be another driver who could make the transition. The only auto company that might be able to do anything for a F1 team is Chevy, although they have been out of the open wheel arena for some time now.
Its an interesting question, but I dont think its anywhere near a reality.
Jazz in a Horse...
It also takes a certain type to enjoy road courses. My dad, who watched NASCAR since forever got me hooked but I hated it as a kid. At 26, I love it. I'd like to see more road races but my dad doesn't.
It's true, winning pole almost guarantees a victory. Where did Montoya start in the Busch race in Mexico? Probably high if not pole. I want to see NASCAR at Laguna Seca! WOW! F1 should pair up with NASCAR and include the US GP as part of NASCAR's weekend of the Brickyard.LOGISTICAL NIGHTMARE!!!! Oh well.
America is a land of spectacle sports and that is the key. The average american wouldn't like to tink too much and thrills and action is all that excites him.
For F1 to be popular it needs a change of image, a diffrent appeal, more races which will lead to more sponsorship, more viewers and if the americans enter f1 in a big way they can probably kick Bernie out too.
same thing at sozuka when sato was in a honda, same in spain with alonso, we would rather watch spyker and toro rosso battle than watch a lone drive run hot laps, the action needs to be the star not the driver,
second and this will give me some heat, but if you want the largest echonomy to dump its dollars into f1 you need more full corse cautions, remember how exciting monaco was when the safety car came out late in the race? bunch up the field close the gaps and drop the green and you'll get all the action you want
I think the most reasonable possibility in the short term for founding an American team would be Roger Penske. He did have a F1 team back in the late 70s or early 80s? He could pull a team together, and get enough funding in place to do it. However, he's getting pretty late in his career as an owner, and has too many irons in the American racing fire to do it. Chip Ganassi...same story. Panoz? Maybe.
...tony stewart? lose some weight fatso :P
and as for a manufacturer... impossible
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