In the US, Formula One racing lost the popularity contest to NASCAR a long time ago. But after five years, F1 returns to the States with this weekend's race at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Red Bull, sponsor of F1 driver Sebastian Vettel, has put together an interesting set of numbers illustrating the differences between the two racing series.

To start with, Formula One has just 24 drivers, while NASCAR fields 50 entrants. Stock cars can reach speeds of about 200 miles per hour, just a bit slower than F1's 205. But NASCAR drivers experience only about 2Gs of lateral force during, at most courses, only four left-hand turns. F1 drivers endure 5Gs in multiple left-and right-hand turns.

The Daytona 500, NASCAR's best-attended venue, counted 182,000 fans this year. Formula One's biggest attendance is at the Australian Grand Prix where 298,000 fans came out to watch. Those fans helped finance F1's best-paid driver, Fernando Alonso. He makes $37 million a year. NASCAR's Dale Earnhardt Jr. pulls in $28 million. That's an average of $1.85 million per race for Alonso, who only competes in 20 events. Earnhardt Jr., however, has 36 races to drive in and averages about $778,000 a race.

The infographic is fun, if a bit skewed against NASCAR, especially when considering Red Bull was a NASCAR driver sponsor until the end of the 2011 season. Sour grapes perhaps?

Check out the full graphic below.
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Red Bull NASCAR F1 infographic


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      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      Graphic was actually interesting until it got snarky at the end.
      MotionDesigner
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was enjoying reading the comparisons until I got to the "Car Characteristics" section and below. It was clear that whoever designed or wrote the piece is clearly biased toward F1 and couldn't contain him/herself. I say this as a someone who hates NASCAR and loves F1.
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      While I don't think NASCAR, or many other racing series should be disrespected, Formula 1 is definitely my favorite. The combination of the speed, handling, and sound of those cars is amazing. I also like Le Mans series (European and ALMS).
      Vincent Hsu
      • 2 Years Ago
      Umm... I do watch NASCAR, and this post has couple incorrect information about NASCAR: 1. There are 43 drivers per race. 2. Depending on the track and restrictions, the top speed goes above 210mph, . 3. Pit stop should be averaged around 12 seconds for a 4-wheel change stop. Because of the restriction of number of crew member is allowed at the pit stop, as well as how the car is lifted with a jack, changing two tires at each time, it does take longer for a normal pit stop 4. NASCAR travels to more than just three tracks in a year, also visiting road courses, about 3 races in a year, before the Chase for the Cup begins. 5. The displayed NASCAR race car is the old model. Starting in 2010, NASCAR Sprint Cup started to use "Car of Tomorrow." Started with couple races, and then slowly switched all races, including Nationwide races, to the so-called COT. 6. It is NOT only sponsored by "some sort of paint company." The sponsors change occasionally, depending on the deal worked out between the sponsors and the race teams. Each of the three main tiers of NASCAR would have different sponsors. In addition, NASCAR would adapt certain themes, such as Breast Cancer Awareness, or Memorial Day Theme. 7. There are a lot of switches mounted on the dashboard, instead of on the steering wheel. Again, stock car isn't F1. 8. Each race car does NOT start with a lot of dents. However, there are two huge venting channels on the roof, toward the front of the car, to prevent car to be flipped when spun at top speed. 9. Indeed, duct tapes are used when the car is damaged. However, it isnt just tape and go. Pit crew members would use hammers to bang the body back to its original shape as close as possible, then apply the duct tapes to maintain aerodynamic. Because each lap is less than 2 miles on most of the oval tracks, time is everything to secure position in the race. 10. NASCAR returns to Miami on 11/17, for the last race of the year. Only 50pts in between the first place driver, Brad K, sponsored by Miller Light, and the second place driver, Jimmy J, sponsored by Lowe's, a 5-time-champ, It is going to be difficult for Jimmy to over come the points deficit and come out on top with one race left. We may see a new Champ crowned tomorrow. I personally believe that this story is so one-sided, heavily favored in F1, and shorten the excitement of NASCAR.
        samagon0
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Vincent Hsu
        I've never met a NASCAR fan. How can you manage to sit and watch the cars just go in circles over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again? It just seems boring to me. What the infographic (nor you) pointed out is that on similar tracks, the NASCAR drivers have to go really slow, I was flipping channels one day and saw the abortion of a race on a road course, I've not seen cars driving that slow classified as racing before. I was always a little intrigued by the possibility that NASCAR on a road course would have redeeming qualities, but that they were driving 20 mph around each turn, I got bored.
      al4g_00
      • 2 Years Ago
      They are very different forms of racing from the cars, to the tracks , to strategies used to win races. Very hard comparison as in F1 if a driver tries to scrub along side another car his race is likely OVER due to suspension / aerodynamic damage. In NASCAR rubbing along side another driver is expected & the aggressive drivers use it to their advantage. Even the drivers physical stance is very different as the F1 cockpits are tight / so you will not see many tall or any overweight F1 drivers. The demands of F1 drivers are much more intense as are the G forces & constant gear shifts needed to navigate the tracks. In NASCAR if it Rains the race is either postponed or delayed for hours. F1 those guys just put on the rain tires & some of the most interesting racing happens ! I like F1 but NASCAR was what first got me interested in racing .... F1 is just more interesting to me. Very different racing ! The one interesting common trait is the fastest car does not always win.
      IOMTT
      • 2 Years Ago
      Even though I am a hardcore motorsports fan, both of these series make for poor viewing more often than not. You watch because you never know when it will get interesting.
      Michael Sexton
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they're going to use an older car, they should have used Tim Richmond unrestricted Folgers car. It ran 240 mph. All they did was lower the car and put duct tape over the grill. The Lemans porsche 225 mph after they changed the tail section and the gear ratio. I know..... It means nothing. Different eras.
      Mat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Formula one pit stop just need 3 seconds. Some of the teams even need less than 3 seconds.
      BioHzrd
      • 1 Year Ago
      Formula One is down to 2.5-3 second stops now without refueling.
        BioHzrd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BioHzrd
        OK, got a little hasty, my favorite comparison, the steering wheel. Its outrageous.
      Leet
      • 2 Years Ago
      Traction Control on an F1 steering? Maybe my memory is going bad, but wasn't that banned for F1?
      Breakfast_Burrito
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd say it's pretty skewed, especially in the location and car descriptions which make it look like Nascar races haphazardly built cars with "lots of dents" on only three tracks. That said, I can't fault them too much. Red Bull F1 is Red Bull's favorite son, and I'm sure this made more to get people more informed about F1 than to bash Nascar.
      Malou H
      • 2 Years Ago
      Propaganda. Here's a good one for speeds listed on a NASCAR propaganda print. Q: In and average race speed trip across the USA who would get there first? A: NASCAR. W: They stay at 190-200 all the time f1 cars only do it on the strait. Also RedBull failed to mention they entered NASCAR and pulled out because they couldn't dominate with a new shinny new wing or double DRS. They had to race and that wasn't easy enough for them so they quit. Whats up with that OLD NASCAR too?? They didn't need to print propaganda to sell the USGP. I watch F1 every weekend the GAPING hole in the argument is technology and "midfield" cars (which are an reality and not part of your imagination) in the same class until i see any of that i wish F1 wouldn't blow its horn so loudly when it comes to"racing". I know and accept the "game" they all choose to play but leave the fanboying TO the fans.
        Pdexter
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Malou H
        ... what the hell are you even talking about? "They stay at 190-200 all the time F1 cars only do it on the strait." So engine were you keep pedal on the medal all the time is more impressive than 18 000 rpm F1 engine that gets played like a instrument on a one single lap? Talk about propaganda indeed.
          Malou H
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Pdexter
          Yes actually it is. Someone here has never been 200 for 10 minutes. Not seconds ...minutes. (points to herself) Its amazing. I did it at the indy experience. (admittedly it was only 183) but for JUST 10 mins it was more amazing than the time i did it for 10 seconds on the road. So it was JUST a taste of what they do for 2 HOURS strait. So yes its rather impressive. and yes its propaganda indeed :) All Hail me
        Autoblogist
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Malou H
        "Here's a good one for speeds listed on a NASCAR propaganda print. Q: In and average race speed trip across the USA who would get there first? A: NASCAR. W: They stay at 190-200 all the time f1 cars only do it on the strait." Talk about propaganda, WTF does this have to do with anything?
        Reece Lightning
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Malou H
        and f1 would be at 190-200 if there circuits were that boring too, whats ya point?
          Malou H
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Reece Lightning
          The difference is simple. Watching cars GO around a track. VS Watching cars RACE around a track. The ratio of RACING from NASCAR to F1 is 5-1. I watch both but i dont kid myself when watching F1 im looking for "my 3 faves to RUN away and hold them away" I am also hoping they DEVED or copied (yes im ok with cloning) SOMETHING to help them catch there opponents. Where as i KNOW I'm going to see a race in NASCAR
        gtv4rudy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Malou H
        I doubt you watch F1 every weekend.
        Myself
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Malou H
        Yeah, but there are corners on F1 circuits and they don't drive batmobiles, so braking is advisable.
          Malou H
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Myself
          thats not the point actually you failed to read it. It was from a cynical point of view for 2 reasons A: its a useless fact like everyone listed above. B: it weed out the stupids who need it to be smart, UNLIKE everything listed on the demographic I found you.
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