NASCAR Fans React to NASCAR and F1 TV Ratings Dip Compared to IndyCar

Published 06/15/2022, 1:06 PM EDT
May 29, 2022; Concord, North Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Ross Chastain (1) leads the field into turn 1 during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Last weekend was a blockbuster weekend for motorsports. This was because Formula One, NASCAR, IndyCar and the 24 Hours of Le Mans were on the same weekend. Of course, with so many events running so close to each other, the viewership would have been affected.

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The bad news was that F1 and NASCAR both recorded a drop in viewership. Compared to each other, IndyCar was the big winner, with a 0.69 rating and 1.087 million viewers. This was a big improvement from last year when the Road America race only had 807,000 viewers. Meanwhile, NASCAR recorded a 1.3 rating and boasted 2.235 million viewers.

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In comparison with IndyCar, this is higher, but the viewership has dipped from a 1.49 rating and 2.494 million viewership.

Naturally, this got the attention of many NASCAR and motorsport fans. According to them, IndyCar does not get much competition from NASCAR or Formula One. However, those sports would always have a hard time going up against a marquee race like the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Jun 12, 2022; Sonoma, California, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) leads the group during the NASCAR Toyota – Save Mart 350 event at Sonoma Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

It is also worth noting that F1’s US viewership was 832,000, with a rating of 0:48, down from 956,000 and a 0.6 rating.

What else did NASCAR and F1 fans say about the weekend ratings?

All in all, many fans felt that it was a bad idea to host F1 and NASCAR races during a Le Mans weekend. However, a few IndyCar were concerned that the Road America numbers were barely above Formula One’s. The common consensus was that F1’s low numbers came as a surprise, especially since it is still so popular.

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Meanwhile, NASCAR had been losing a lot of popularity over the years. The good news is that it has slowed down a lot, but some noted that fans are tired of the road courses. Hopefully, the numbers improve for the next race at the Nashville Superspeedway when the Cup driver makes landfall.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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