Texas showdown: NASCAR defeats F1 in American TV market

The overnight TV ratings are in for Formula One and NASCAR.

The United States Grand Prix at COTA drew a 0.7 overnight rating on NBC, a bump in their usual number considering most GPs are at bizarre times for Americans.

NASCAR drew ratings nearly four times higher than F1 overnight, earning a 2.5, according to SportsBusiness Daily. It's safe to say that it wasn't even a contest internationally with F1 obliterating NASCAR, which is a strictly North American-based motorsport. 

Formula One definitely suffered in the American market by going head-to-head with NASCAR. At the tracks themselves however, the crowd at COTA looked stronger than the one at Texas Motor Speedway, totaling 237,000 for the entire weekend in Austin. On Sunday, the track say 107,000, with the exact figure for the NASCAR race not yet known.

Lewis Hamilton dominated the race at Austin while Jimmie Johnson took the checkered flag at Texas, a race that saw a vicious brawl ensue on pit road between Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski, and their crews.


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Series NASCAR Cup , Formula 1
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Jimmie Johnson , Lewis Hamilton , Nico Rosberg , Brad Keselowski
Article type Breaking news
Tags cota, texas motor speedway, tv ratings