Nascar won’t be expanding its venues and tracks just yet. It was recently reported that the international Formula One racing circuit will have a race along the Hudson River in 2013 but there’s no similar announcement for Nascar. In an interview with Driver’s Seat, Nascar’s chief Brian France said that increasing the number of tracks wherein the premier Sprint Cup cars could compete doesn’t make sense with the current state of the economy. He believes that the series is effectively reaching its audience with the present venues that it has.
In the past, Nascar was primarily a Southeastern sport that people in the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama and Florida have embraced. But in the mid-1980s, it had its annual road race in Watkins Glen, N.Y., where it was so successful that the sanctioning group began planning the expansion of its number tracks and viewership. Nascar experienced a boost in the mid-1990s. It supervised the building of new tracks in Florida, Texas, Kansas, Illinois, California and other places as well. Its audience grew as stock car racing became mainstream.
But in the last few years, its viewers decreased due to several issues like high fuel and ticket prices to boring races and the removal of several older tracks. France said that as a more physical style of racing returned wherein the cars regularly “rub” each other and bump fenders, the series has started to grow once more. He explained that Nascar’s rule makers in recent years sought to clean up the sport’s image and improve safety but in the process, Nascar dampened the element of competition. [source: Autonews]