“NASCAR Execs Shaking in They Boots” – Fans React to News of Potential Las Vegas F1 Grand Prix

Published 01/28/2022, 5:00 AM EST

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The Las Vegas Motor Speedway outside of the ‘Sin City’ is a regular fixture on the NASCAR calendar. But according to recent developments, Las Vegas could very well host another star-studded motorsports race in Nevada.

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And no, before there are talks of a second Las Vegas stock car race, this isn’t where it’s at. It’s about Formula 1 having a third United States Grand Prix in its bid to capture more and more American audiences.

The third US GP could be held in the city of Las Vegas itself, with the track being incorporated into the famous Strip and around the Bellagio Casino.

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However, it should be pointed out that should F1 make it to Vegas, it wouldn’t be a first. Because between 1981 and the Orwellian year of 1984, there was a Caesar’s Palace Grand Prix.

Nevertheless, the news, or rather the potential news of a race in Las Vegas resulted in quite a response from the stock car faithful.

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The key to answering this question lies in the success of the upcoming Busch Clash at the Coliseum. The LA Coliseum, a historic venue, could never have been imagined as a venue for stock car racing in the past.

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Now, the main objective of putting a NASCAR race at such a venue was to attract a younger generation of the audience to the sport. But an understated objective was also to see if venues such as the Coliseum can be turned into temporary race tracks across the world.

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So after meticulous planning and swift execution, a $1 million dollar disposable track has been built at the Coliseum. And if all goes well, the Clash at the Coliseum will kick start a new era in NASCAR.

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But in the long run, this Coliseum event could also take stock cars east of the Atlantic ocean, which could then start a whole new era in a sport that is in need of a new audience but is limited by the geographical boundaries.

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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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