My European, Asian, and South American friends understand my fascination with Formula 1. They understand because they are F1 fans. In fact, the common denominator in our friendship is the sport.
My American friends find it difficult to understand my interest in F1, and I seldom try to explain. When pressed, I mention the technology, the international nature, the exotic locales, and the “glitz and glamour.”
My foreign friends always ask why the sport isn’t more popular in the US. I’ve thought about this, and I think I have a pretty good answer: no permanent home circuit for the sport, no American constructors (teams), and no American drivers.
But, it’s a little more complicated than that.