Citing declining revenues, as well as continued lack of American interest in the sport, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile today announced that for the 2009 season, it would import NASCAR’s fan base into the fan base of Formula One, the highest class of open-wheel racing and generally abbreviated as F1.
Associated further changes are expected. Effective next year, Formula One will be renamed the NASCAR F1 Copenhagen Long Cut Series. The schedule, to be released in the next few weeks, is expected to include stops at Talladega, Daytona, Bristol, and Darlington. Many traditional NASCAR sponsors will also begin fielding F1 teams.
NASCAR fan reaction is mixed. Jerry Leathers of Cullman, AL, is excited. “We’re fer that Argentinian feller what don’t speak no English,” he said. “WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!” he added.
On the other hand, Martin Andrews of Anderson, AR is disappointed. “How can they trade paint with the damned tires stickin’ out?” he lamented. “Who the hell ever heard of a Mercedes race car?” he continued.
F1 fans welcomed the change. “Sharing this fine motorsport with our transatlantic brethren shall be a fulfilling cross-cultural experience,” said Scheid Ankarr of Amsterdam. “Additionally, I am given to understand that our concessionaires shall begin offering something called ‘Miller Genuine Draft,’ which I look forward to sampling.”