QOTD: Mad for Motorsport?
There was no shortage of motorsport action this past weekend, from Indy cars in Toronto to machines of all sort being flung (and flinging themselves) up Lord March’s driveway at Goodwood.
With NASCAR currently suffering through a valley of attention, the thought popped to mind: what’s your preferred type of motorsport?
Paeans are being sung about the decline of NASCAR and your author, who started watching races when Davey Allison and Alan Kulwicki were still at the wheel, counts himself among the departees.
Yet, there was hardly a shortage of motorsport noise in our house over the last two days. British commentary wafted from the television during this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, while an eye was kept on Toronto’s Indycar race which saw Scott Dixon take the win and a brace of Canadians finish in the top five.
For background ambience (or noise, depending on your point of view), it’s not uncommon for our house to simply fire up the YouTube app on Xbox and throw on an IMSA broadcast; whether it is a reply of Porsche GT3 Challenge Cup or an entire Mobil 1 SportCar Grand Prix, images of brightly colored machines and soundwaves being generated by excited announcers are frequently found in the Guy household.
Anyone else as steeped in motorsport as we are? Or does your gearhead attention span ignore all but road-going cars?
[image: Goodwood FoS]
Whatever I can afford to field a car in so I'm limited to that parking lot stuff now. But still, I'd rather drive than watch.
I follow F1, Indycars, and sports cars (endurance) and have attended many races in each series. I've autocrossed a little, which was fun as hell.
I will watch anything that is a race. Mostly F1, Nascar, and IMSA. As far as participating, World Racing League WRL is the best around. Great cars, great drivers, great group of people that run it. Endurance series really allow you to go race with your friends without spending crazy money. I wish that I had discovered that many years ago. After one race, track days will just seem boring. If you like racing, find a few friends and go do it.
I race time trials with NASA, it is a lot of fun at a very reasonable price. I don't follow any racing at all, for the reasons listed above, mainly too much drama, not enough car talk and engineering discussion. If you haven't checked it out, the coverage of Goodwood Festival of Speed was great. Here: https://www.wheels24.co.za/Motorsport/watch-goodwood-fos-2018-full-timed-shootout-20180716 No classes, no rules, just who goes fastest up the hill! A rolling car show, good times. Also, you have to watch to see what the fastest ICE vehicle is up the hill, two electrics were first and second, but third place, ahead of a formula 5000 car and a couple NASCARs will be very surprising!