F1 vs NASCAR: One more thing…

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Scott Speed, Scuderia Toro Rosso-Cosworth, Indianapolis, 2006I had a few thoughts on how Formula One and NASCAR stack up against each other a few days ago. One thing I overlooked was the popularity of accidents.

One effect of the NASCAR regulations – possibly intentional, possibly not – is that the tightly bunched fields inevitably lead to more crashes. And there’s no denying the popularity of shunts with the paying public.

The statistics show that accidents are becoming more common every year in NASCAR. There were 24% more accidents spins in the 2005 season than 2004, and after nine races in 2006 there had been 60, 11 more than at the same time last year.

It’s just one more way in which NASCAR and F1 are irreconcilably different.

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