Europe and the United States are both rich in their own cultures, heritages and traditions. Over generations, we see an amalgamation of various cultures which we imbibe into our own. This is a great aspect, as it unites us globally.
However, there are certain apparent differences we can all see in different countries, specifically in their choices, preferences, likes and dislikes.
One of these differences one can notice is how F1 is more popular in Europe while Nascar is more popular in the United States.
The first obvious reason why F1 is seen to be more popular in Europe than in the US is due to heritage and traditional differences. F1 racing is considered to be a pinnacle of racing by Europeans, as it was established generations ago. Nascar, on the other hand, is a more recent development seen in the United States.
Another obvious reason we can point out for the popularity of F1 in Europe and not the US can be due to the lack of American race car drivers present in F1 racing. While this can be a cultural and patriotic reason, it surely is one of the reasons F1 is not as popular in the United States.
Nascar is seen to be compounded mainly of the ability to race at high speeds. This is the kind of racing that most Americans have been brought up with and are used to. On the other hand, Europeans do not pay special heed to speed as an ability to prove themselves as a racing car driver. F1 racing deals more with obstacles, the ability to switch between high and slow speeds with various twists and turns. This is representative of real life driving, while Nascar is more of driving at fast speeds in an oval shaped race track.
Another reason we can account to F1 being more popular in Europe than in the United States could be due to the time shift. While most F1 races would start early morning, around 8 AM, due to the obvious time difference in the United States, it would be harder for Americans to follow the races.
Nascar is extremely easy to follow, even for first time viewers. The rules aren’t complicated and the cars are simple. Nascar is one of the most popular sports among American women as well, with over 40% of American women following Nascar racing due to its simplicity.
Nascar has made conscious efforts into developing itself into a family sport. Men, women and children alike spend their weekends enjoying the races. This gives the families a bonding experience as well.
F1 racing and Nascar are both extremely respectable sports. While they might be alike in the most basic sense, there are subtle differences which make the respective sports more popular in some countries than the other. Culture and tradition play an immense role in shaping the likes and dislikes of individuals. Patriotism or national pride also is an obvious reason why F1 is extremely popular in Europe; most of the driving teams are seen to be Europeans, with a lack of American teams.