Just remember that stereotypes are only useful up to a point.
"The series may be hesitant to say it, but the day is here for everybody that loves IndyCar racing to link arms and help each other out. Anybody who doesn’t want to do that needs to find something else to do with their time.”
-- Eddie Gossage, President, Texas Motor Speedway, ICONIC Advisory Committee & TrackForum member
"It takes a special level of incompetance to make a schedule this terrible. America is possibly the greatest country in the world overall for tracks. To make a bad schedule in America takes effort. A special kind of effort. A kind of effort that only IndyCar could come up with."
"Each day well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this one day for it, and it alone, is life"
~ Sanskrit poem attributed to Kalidasa, "Salutation to the Dawn"
Faster than a bullet from a gun
He is faster than everyone
Quicker than the blinking of an eye
Like a flash you could miss him going by
No one knows quite how he does it but it's true they say
He's the master of going faster. -George Harrison
But yes the crowd at some short tracks look like the crowd youd probably see at a Crosby, Stills & Nash concert now
I think it is a fair point to make. I am not a car fan at all. While I may like certain cars and swoon over some (new Viper for instance), I am just not drawn to them. Racing, on the other hand, get my heart pumping.
As for others around me, I rarely hear anything about racing from my peers, co-workers, and family. Even with NASCAR's popularity, it is still fairly niche when compared to the NFL, MLB, NBA, and college sports. When I was in college, it seemed like no one was really into racing at all, outside Formula 1.
While I think racing will be fine for years to come, some series will likely die out eventually. As much as some complain about gimmicks, it has surely helped in F1 it seems.
Corvette Racing - Chevrolet Corvette C6-R#3 Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen/Jordan Taylor, #4 Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Richard Westbrook-FC Bayern MunichNeuer - Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Alaba - Martinez, Schweinsteiger - Robben, Muller, Ribery - Mandzukic
I think that's what has changed. When I was a kid and in college and I went to the track (Indycars, IMSA, F1 at Montreal, stock cars) people were into driving and cars. Most people knew a lot about or were interested in driving techniques. Most drove a manual transmission. People were into it.
To me, if you are into driving, you are more connected to the sport and understand it better. You can relate to what the drivers are doing.
Today, it seems like the fans I see could be at a ball game. That's about as connected they are with what's going on, which isn't much. Today people buy SUVs based on how much bigger they are and how many apps. They don't care about or understanding driving. Just what they look like to others.
Younger people also generally don't care about cars, more about apps. There's obvious exceptions, but it really is quite obvious.
I guess times change.