Kevin Harvick who drives the No.4 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing full-time in the Cup Series is concerned with the rising popularity of F1 in the States. NASCAR and IndyCar are two categories of motorsports that are widely admired across the United States of America.
Millions of people watch NASCAR and IndyCar every year but these days, American viewers are switching to Formula 1, which is known to be the most premium of all motorsport categories.
Miami and Las Vegas were confirmed to be racing venues along with Texas which put Kevin Harvick into deep thoughts about the future of the fanbase for this racing class.
“I live at the go-kart track and all those kids want to race in the F1,” says Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick seems utterly anxious about the fanbase of NASCAR and IndyCar as he went on to say that none of the kids who come to the go-kart track where he lives are interested in IndyCars and that they all want to race in a Ferrari or a Red Bull. He also added that he spoke to Jim France, Chairman, and CEO of NASCAR on how to make sure it doesn’t happen.
“I live at the go-kart track and none of those kids want to race Indy cars; they all want to race F1 cars. They all want to drive the Ferrari or the Red Bull, this is something that I’ve talked with (NASCAR chairman and CEO) Jim France and with people in our garage is how do we make sure that all those kids whose dreams don’t come true,” said Kevin Harvick.
He also discussed what could be done to bring those kids to be enthusiastic about NASCAR and also added that the really talented kids end up in open-wheeled cars in Europe.
“How do we create them to be gentlemen racers and put them in sports car racing and attract the great ones over to NASCAR, a lot of those kids from the go-kart side of the world, there’s a lot of really good talented kids there and they wind up going down that open-wheel path and wind up in Europe,” added Kevin Harvick.
He concluded by saying that there are a lot of kids who end up not going that far and that they could instead be brought to NASCAR and he is sure that the sport will become solid with those young kids but they in turn are left disheartened after spending a lot of money and not getting there.
“You have a lot of the people that can’t make it that far and we lose a lot of those gentlemen races that would really make our sports car stuff more solid because there’s a lot of people that spend a lot of money that gets disenchanted with racing,” concluded Kevin Harvick.
Will Kevin Harvick’s solicitous dream turn out to be true and will NASCAR end up losing its fame in the United States of America?