I watched about 10 laps of the Texas race. Track looks ok, TV showed about 6 cars in that 10 laps.
And Red Bull dominate again. In front of a very small crowd. Though it was Saturday.
Reading Speedcafe and on Friday they were practicing in the dry on wets!!! They would have learnt a lot there,,, NOT. What is wrong with using used hards from the last meeting like any sensible racer would do? And at least look professional in front of the Americans.
And they are complaining the drivers are hot and they need aircond! Open the damn window. make it the rule so no one has an adavatage. And put in a face vent. Elementary preparation!!
The time difference means it is not live, and Sundays race will be Monday Morning on Oz. The domestic market for the category and its sponsors. So why on earth go to the US? makes no sense to me.
Lets hope the Sunday crowd is bigger. Though watching Nascar their crowd was far from capacity either
The only o/s race that does make sense is NZ, which to an extent is part of Australia
I have to assume you were not at the track. If you were you would know it was actually a very good turnout, but the reason it looked poor was that it was really hot by race time Saturday and Sunday, and the crowd was trying to find any shade possible. In some cases it meant they were sitting in the concourses watching the big screens. Or under the walkways, or bridges. A track facility issue, not a lack of crowds by any means.
I worked one of the support races and personally never saw any of the cars out on wets at anytime during the weekend. Certainly not the front running teams. In chatting with the many fans that came through the paddock, there was not a single bad word said about the V8's, most fans that knew a little about the series were extremely complimentary. The V8's looked as professional as any series I have worked with in the US, including CART, IRL, ALMS. The number of fans lining up for the pit walk was huge, not F1 huge, but big for a series making their first visit to the US.
The crews and drivers I spoke to were very happy to be in Texas, very happy with the reception they got, and happy with how enthusiastic the fans were - perhaps Speedcafe needs more accurate reporting. Sure it was hot, but no hotter than the series experiences racing in Oz.
The fans that attended were certainly not your typical Nascar fan, either they were locals (within a few hrs of Austin) and there to see racing, or they had travelled from out of state and were more the type of fan we encounter at ALMS races. Educated, high income fans.
From being at the event, talking to officials, drivers and crew from V8's, officials from the track, even the Governor of TX, this was a resounding success, and everyone hopes to return next year.
Running the International Circuit rather than the National Circuit would have made the racing boring, strung out the fields too much and made for a bit of a logistical nightmare both for officials and the fans. The National Course was a good choice for this weekend, although harder on brakes for our Porsches than the full circuit. Watching the V8's at full chat through the esses was quite the spectacle, though it sounds like it did not translate well on TV.
BTW, I know many Kiwi's would take offense at being labeled as an extended part of Oz.
Edited by GBarclay, 21 May 2013 - 18:23.