|How different are they?|
You see it often in posts on your favorite social network site:
Usually followed by whoever made the post referring to the "boring-ness" of NASCAR and how it isn't real racing. It goes both ways though, NASCAR fans regularly bad mouth Indy Cars and Formula 1 for not being real racing either. That being said, what exactly is "real racing"?
I feel that, too many times, race fans get blinded by their love for one type of racing and totally discredit any other type. In his 2003 book, True Speed, Tony Stewart said:
"Stock car people look at an Indy car, and to them it's so fast and so different that they forget it's just a race car. Indy car people do the same thing: they look at a stock car and see a big, heavy thing that's a challenge to turn and a challenge to stop, and they lose sight of the fact that it's also just a race car. Every race car has four wheels, a throttle pedal, a brake pedal, and a steering wheel; if you drive them too hard, every one of them either pushes, gets loose, or does a four-wheel drift..." (p.224-225)Stewart hits the nail on the head with this one. Judging one type of racing with the skill set it takes to succeed in another is just plain wrong. I find that it is unfair to drivers of any series to judge them with the "ruler" of another field of drivers. Everyone has their preferences, I can't discount that, but you need to realize that racing is racing regardless of if it's on dirt or asphalt, open wheel or with fenders, or winged or non-winged.
I'll be the first to admit, I'm guilty of this. I like my NASCAR and my dirt racing. I've never been one to watch Formula 1 or Indy Cars. I don't necessarily LIKE to watch them either...BUT I will not discredit the drivers of either series because of that. It takes a different skill set to wheel an Indy Car or Stock Car than it does to wheel a Sprint Car or a Late Model.
So remember, YOUR ruler MAY be different...so don't measure someone else's racing series with it.
Stewart, Tony, and Bones Bourcier. True Speed: My Racing Life.
New York: HarperEntertainment, 2002. Print.