среда, 23 апреля 2008 г.

Racing Results

Atlanta lost out to Charlotte, North Carolina to be the site of the future NASCAR Hall of Fame. Charlotte won the coveted tourist attraction mainly due to the fact that most of the sport's drivers are based in the Charlotte area.

About NASCAR Racing: The NASCAR guide for About keeps fans up to date with the latest news, results, points and rankings, and much more on his comprehensive NASCAR site.

World of Racers: Schedules and results for the Busch Series, the Craftsman Truck Series, and the Winston Cup Series.

Big Races Atlanta Hosts:

Atlanta hosts two major races each season that are part of the all important Sprint Cup Series. The two races generate a huge amount of revenue for the state of Georgia. People usually camp out all weekend for each of the races.

воскресенье, 20 апреля 2008 г.

Races Outside of the US

Given that there are areas of the United States that are desperate for a local NASCAR race, does it make sense for NASCAR to be taking its product out of the country?

NASCAR is constantly on the lookout for ways to expand its reach. This is an exciting new marketing opportunity. NASCAR obviously feels that taking its show on the road outside of the United States is the secret to continuing growth.

The other side of this issue is that there are thousands of fans right here in the USA that are under-served by NASCAR's existing schedules. Shouldn't NASCAR focus on pleasing their existing fan base and attracting new American fans before they look internationally?
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In 2005 NASCAR held its first modern era points race outside of the United States when the Nationwide Series visited Mexico in early March. The road course at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez near Mexico City hosted the Nationwide Series drivers.

Was the race a success? That depends on what you consider a success. Certainly the NASCAR message was brought to a large number of potential new race fans. However, do the benefits outweigh the lost opportunity to serve NASCAR's fans here in America? There are a limited number of racing weekends available each year and that weekend spent in Mexico could have been spent somewhere in the US that doesn't have easy access to a race.

пятница, 18 апреля 2008 г.

Atlanta Fan Guide

Given that there are areas of the United States that are desperate for a local NASCAR race, does it make sense for NASCAR to be taking its product out of the country?

NASCAR is constantly on the lookout for ways to expand its reach. This is an exciting new marketing opportunity. NASCAR obviously feels that taking its show on the road outside of the United States is the secret to continuing growth.

The other side of this issue is that there are thousands of fans right here in the USA that are under-served by NASCAR's existing schedules. Shouldn't NASCAR focus on pleasing their existing fan base and attracting new American fans before they look internationally?
Latest Developments
In 2005 NASCAR held its first modern era points race outside of the United States when the Nationwide Series visited Mexico in early March. The road course at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez near Mexico City hosted the Nationwide Series drivers.

Was the race a success? That depends on what you consider a success. Certainly the NASCAR message was brought to a large number of potential new race fans. However, do the benefits outweigh the lost opportunity to serve NASCAR's fans here in America? There are a limited number of racing weekends available each year and that weekend spent in Mexico could have been spent somewhere in the US that doesn't have easy access to a race.

вторник, 15 апреля 2008 г.

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среда, 5 сентября 2007 г.

National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. The three largest racing series sanctioned by NASCAR are the NEXTEL Cup, the Busch Series and the Craftsman Truck Series. It also oversees NASCAR Regional Racing, the Whelen Modified Tour, and the Whelen All-American Series. NASCAR sanctions over 1,500 races at over 100 tracks in 39 states, Canada, and Mexico. From 1996 to 1998, NASCAR held exhibition races in Japan, and an exhibition race in Australia in 1988.

With roots as regional entertainment in the Southeastern U.S., NASCAR has grown to become the second-most popular professional sport in terms of television ratings inside the U.S., ranking behind only the National Football League. Internationally, NASCAR races are broadcast in over 150 countries. It holds 17 of the top 20 attended sporting events in the U.S.,1 and has 75 million fans who purchase over $3 billion in annual licensed product sales. These fans are considered the most brand-loyal in all of sports and as a result, Fortune 500 companies sponsor NASCAR more than any other governing body.

NASCAR's headquarters are located in Daytona Beach, Florida, although it also maintains offices in four North Carolina cities: Charlotte, Mooresville, Concord, and Conover. Regional offices are also located in New York City, Los Angeles, Arkansas, and international offices in Mexico City and Toronto, Ontario.

понедельник, 3 сентября 2007 г.

Strictly Stock to Grand National

The first NASCAR "Strictly Stock" race ever was held at Charlotte Speedway (not the Charlotte Motor Speedway) on June 19, 1949 -- a race won by Jim Roper after Glenn Dunnaway was disqualified after the discovery of his altered rear springs. Initially, the cars were known as the "Strictly Stock Division" and raced with virtually no modifications on the factory models. This division was renamed "Grand National" beginning in the 1950 season. However, over a period of about a dozen years, modifications for both safety and performance were allowed and, by the mid-1960s, the vehicles were purpose-built race cars with a stock-appearing body.

One of the tracks used in the inaugural season is still on today's premier circuit: Martinsville Speedway. Another old track which is still in use is Darlington Raceway, which opened in 1950. (The oldest track on today's NEXTEL Cup circuit is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway which dates back to 1909; however, the first Brickyard 400 did not take place until 1994.)

Most races were on half-mile to one-mile (800 to 1600 m) oval tracks. However, the first "superspeedway" was built in Darlington, South Carolina, in 1950. This track, at 1.366 miles (2.22 km), was wider, faster and higher-banked than the racers had seen. Darlington was the premiere event of the series until 1959. Daytona International Speedway, a 2.5-mile (4 km) high-banked track, opened in 1959, and became the icon of the sport. The track was built on a swamp, so France took a huge risk in building the track.

The first NASCAR competition held outside of the U.S. was in Canada, where on July 1, 1952, Buddy Shuman won a 200-lap race on a half-mile (800 m) dirt track in Stamford Park, Ontario, near Niagara Falls.