Due to the unforeseen failure of the Mayan apocalypse, a new year has begun. We are all very disappointed in the lack of a post-apocalyptic hellscape where the living envy the dead. Without hoards of roving gangs fighting for oil and dry land, we are forced to find a useful way to spend our continuing existence. I am not one for New Year's Resolutions, but I see opportunity for challenge.
It has been rumored that the average race fan only watches one series or one type of racing. If true this may be among the world's saddest facts. I would hope that even the most loyal NASCAR fans find something disturbing when a website, newspaper, or any random person uses NASCAR as a catchall term for any and all motorsports.
Despite being an American, I have taken some time over the last couple years to try learning about sports that are not popular in the U.S. Studying rugby (both league and union) has given me a greater appreciation for football as it provides insight on the early years of the game. It seems reasonable to assume race fans would gain similar feelings after taking time to study and watch new forms of motorsports. With luck new understandings can be found.
If you primarily watch F1, watch NASCAR. If IndyCar is your thing, try drag racing. Find things you like and dislike about each discipline before passing judgment. Should you find yourself in uncomfortable discourse, you will then be able to offer input more valuable than saying, "This sucks." It would be wise to do a little research before watching the race to familiarize yourself with any unique technical or sporting rules.
Go forth and make disciples of all nations, arguing with intelligence, experience, and politeness.
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