IndyCar Overtakes F1

The opening paragraph of a Formula 1 article on Motorsport.com yesterday from Tom Errington:

Only five overtakes were completed in the season-opening race following the first lap and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen said he would have turned the TV off rather than watch a “worthless” Grand Prix.

I’m not even sure how I came across this, because I never bother to follow F1 — for this very reason. But as soon as I read this, my brain instantly went into comparison mode.

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IndyCar at 0 Mph

I came across an opinion article written by Laura Lee Smith for The New York Times after it was shared several times by figures in the Verizon IndyCar Series community on Twitter, including track owners and teams.

Titled “Florida at 200 M.P.H.,” the piece is about Smith’s experience at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, based on her perspective as a Florida resident who “grew up in a motor-head family.”

Fans know that IndyCar is an incredible secret. Thus, exposure in The Times is valuable. I just don’t think this exposure was very good.

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Day 1 Done at My New Favorite Track

The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is no stranger to me.

In fact, I’ve been to this racetrack more than any other on the planet thanks to family trips to AMA motorcycle events while I was growing up. I even saw my first Verizon IndyCar Series race here back in 2011 or 2013 or something.

But my first few hours awake today made this place my new favorite racetrack, complicating my love for the Raceway at Belle Isle Park.

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