Spotted: NASCAR Offers an Unlikely Helping Hand to F1 Amidst Hendrick Motorsports Legend Jeff Gordon’s Revelation

Published 05/08/2022, 4:55 AM EDT
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 01: Jeff Gordon speaks on stage as he is inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame during the 2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Charlotte Convention Center on February 01, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Formula 1 has bamboozled its way into the United States in a scarcely believable time. The sport has found its way into the audience’s minds and hearts, and extraordinarily it has become a threat to ‘American’ staple sports like NASCAR. Or has it? Because former driver Jeff Gordon doesn’t really think so.

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Ahead of the first Miami Grand Prix, which is shaping up to be one of the biggest races of the year, the four-time Cup champion spoke about NASCAR in the same landscape as Formula 1.

Speaking to journalist Bob Williams, Gordon said he believed there was room for both and that they cater to a different audience.

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Gordon, the Vice Chairman of Hendrick Motorsports, expressed his optimism about the upcoming NASCAR docuseries on USA Today and hoped it’d have the same impact as Drive To Survive on Netflix.

And coming back to ‘F1 being a threat to NASCAR’ argument, Gordon pointed out how vastly different the target audience of a Formula 1 race is compared to that of a stock car race. Just look at the ticket prices that have reached the moon in Miami, and one can easily say, like Jeff Gordon, “there’s no reason why they can’t co-exist in the States.”

However, if you’re still not convinced, consider looking at a picture that emerged from the Miami track ahead of the Grand Prix.

Homestead Miami Speedway track crews & equipment are assisting in the first Miami Grand Prix race, which solidifies that, yes, these two sports can co-exist, that they’re not pitted against each other, but to complement each other.

Jeff Gordon is excited about the new doors that Next Gen car has opened up

In a recent interview, Jeff Gordon opened up on the possibilities that the new Next Gen car has made potentially possible for the sport. “There’s good momentum. And I think this new car has opened the door of oh, okay, didn’t know if we could do this,” he said.

“Now let’s see where we can evolve.”

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DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 05: Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, and Jeff Gordon, Vice Chairman of Hendrick Motorsports talk on the grid prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 05, 2021 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

So it’ll be interesting to see where, and how NASCAR grows with the host of other factors that are in the atmosphere now. There’s the Next Gen car that can lead the sport into new directions, but there’s also F1, which might push NASCAR more than it’s perhaps capable of doing.

Either way, it’s a good time to be a motorsports fan.

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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