2012-11-16

Texas: Racing Mecca

Texas has 25 million people. In 2013, there will be 4 major car races in Texas. One  Formula 1 (Austin), two Indy (Houston and Fort Worth) and one Nascar (Fort Worth). Well, officially, there will be two Indy races in Houston on the same weekend, but lets call that a gimmick.

As you may have heard, Texas is big. But much of the population is concentrated Dalas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Austin. Although those cities form a nice triangle and are fairly close together compared to the rest of Texas, there are still significant distance between them: Dallas to Houston, for example, is 420km. Austin to Dallas is 300km.

Still, that is a high density of racing. France has a population of 65 million people and no major race in 2013. Metro Sao Paulo has a population of 20 million, and will have 2. However, Indianapolis only has 1.7 million people and yet will have 2 races. Greater Detroit will also have 2 races despite their economic depression.

By the way, the Austin F1 race is getting a 25 million dollar state subsidy, per year, for the next 10. That is about $250 per ticket!

Formula 1 season (Wikipedia). 
Round Grand Prix Circuit Date
1Australian Grand Prix[37] Australia Albert ParkMelbourne 17 March
2 Malaysian Grand Prix[38] Malaysia Sepang International CircuitKuala Lumpur 24 March
3 Chinese Grand Prix[39] China Shanghai International CircuitShanghai 14 April
4 Bahrain Grand Prix[40] Bahrain Bahrain International CircuitSakhir 21 April
5 Gran Premio de España[41] Spain Circuit de CatalunyaBarcelona[42] 12 May
6 Grand Prix de Monaco[43] Monaco Circuit de MonacoMonte Carlo 26 May
7 Grand Prix du Canada[44] Canada Circuit Gilles VilleneuveMontreal 9 June
8 British Grand Prix[45] United Kingdom Silverstone CircuitSilverstone 30 June
9 Großer Preis von Deutschland[46] Germany NürburgringNürburg 14 July
10 Magyar Nagydíj[47] Hungary HungaroringBudapest 28 July
11 Belgian Grand Prix[48] Belgium Circuit de Spa-FrancorchampsFrancorchamps 25 August
12 Gran Premio d'Italia[49] Italy Autodromo Nazionale MonzaMonza 8 September
13 Singapore Grand Prix[50] Singapore Marina Bay Street CircuitMarina BaySingapore 22 September
14 Korean Grand Prix[51] South Korea Korea International CircuitYeongam 6 October
15 Japanese Grand Prix[1] Japan Suzuka CircuitSuzuka 13 October
16 Indian Grand Prix[52] India Buddh International CircuitGreater Noida 27 October
17 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix[53] United Arab Emirates Yas Marina CircuitAbu Dhabi 3 November
18 United States Grand Prix[54] United States Circuit of the AmericasAustin 17 November
19 Grande Prêmio do Brasil[55] Brazil Autódromo José Carlos PaceSão Paulo 24 November


Indy (Wikipedia)
Rnd DateRace name TrackLocation Television
1March 24 United States Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg[28] Streets of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Florida NBC Sports Network
2April 7 United States Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama[29] Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, Alabama NBC Sports Network
3April 21 United States 39th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach[30] Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California NBC Sports Network
4May 5 Brazil Itaipava São Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestlé[31] Streets of São Paulo São PauloBrazil NBC Sports Network
5May 26 United States 97th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana ESPN on ABC
6June 1 United States Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix[32] Belle Isle Detroit, Michigan ESPN on ABC
7June 2
8June 8 United States Firestone 550[33] Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas ESPN on ABC
9June 15 United States Milwaukee IndyFest[34] Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin NBC Sports Network
10June 23 United States Iowa Corn Indy 250[35] Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa ESPN on ABC
11July 7 United States Pocono IndyCar 400[36] Pocono Raceway Long Pond, Pennsylvania ESPN on ABC
12July 13 Canada Honda Indy Toronto[37] Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario NBC Sports Network
13July 14
14August 4 United States Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio NBC Sports Network
15August 25 United States GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Sonoma Raceway Sonoma, California NBC Sports Network
16September 1 United States Grand Prix of Baltimore Streets of Baltimore Baltimore, Maryland NBC Sports Network
17October 5 United States Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston Reliant Park Houston, Texas NBC Sports Network
18October 6
19October 19 United States MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships Auto Club Speedway Fontana, California NBC Sports Network


NASCAR (Wikipedia)
No. Race TitleTrack Date
Daytona Shootout Daytona International SpeedwayDaytona Beach February 16[48]
Budweiser Duels February 21[48]
1Daytona 500 February 24[49]
2Subway Fresh Fit 500 Phoenix International RacewayAvondale March 3[50]
3TBA Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayLas Vegas March 10[51]
4Food City 500 Bristol Motor SpeedwayBristol March 17
5 Auto Club 400 Auto Club SpeedwayFontana March 24
6 TBAMartinsville SpeedwayRidgeway April 7
7 TBATexas Motor SpeedwayFort Worth April 13[52]
8TBA Kansas SpeedwayKansas City April 21
9 TBARichmond International RacewayRichmond April 27
10 Aaron's 499 Talladega SuperspeedwayTalladega May 5
11 TBADarlington RacewayDarlington May 11[51]
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race XXIX Charlotte Motor SpeedwayConcord May 18[51]
12Coca-Cola 600 May 26[51]
13TBA Dover International SpeedwayDover June 2[53]
14Pocono 400 Pocono RacewayLong Pond June 9[54]
15TBA Michigan International SpeedwayBrooklyn June 16
16 TBASonoma RacewaySonoma June 23
17 Quaker State 400 Kentucky SpeedwaySparta June 29
18 Coke Zero 400 Daytona International SpeedwayDaytona Beach July 6
19 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayLoudon July 14
20 Crown Royal 400 Indianapolis Motor SpeedwaySpeedway July 28
21 TBAPocono RacewayLong Pond August 4
22 TBAWatkins Glen InternationalWatkins Glen August 11
23 Pure Michigan 400 Michigan International SpeedwayBrooklyn August 18
24 Irwin Tools Night Race Bristol Motor SpeedwayBristol August 24
25 AdvoCare 500 Atlanta Motor SpeedwayHampton September 1
26 TBARichmond International RacewayRichmond September 7
Chase for the Sprint Cup
27GEICO 400 Chicagoland SpeedwayJoliet September 15
28 Sylvania 300 New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayLoudon September 22
29 TBADover International SpeedwayDover September 29[53]
30TBA Kansas SpeedwayKansas City October 6
31 TBACharlotte Motor SpeedwayConcord October 12
32 TBATalladega SuperspeedwayTalladega October 20
33 TBAMartinsville SpeedwayRidgeway October 27
34 TBATexas Motor SpeedwayFort Worth November 3[52]
35TBA Phoenix International RacewayAvondale November 10[50]
36TBA Homestead-Miami SpeedwayHomestead November 17 [1]

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