Formula 1 is going back to the United States after five years away and while the F1 circus is keen to blow its own trumpet, it must not be forgotten that the F1 will be something of a sideshow for American race fans next weekend. The Grand Prix in Austin starts at 13.00 Central Times, which is 14.00 on the East Coast. The final round of the NASCAR Sprint Cup – the Ford EcoBoost 400 – is taking place that day at the Miami Homestead Speedway and it is due to kick off at 15.00 Eastern Time, which means that the F1 race will be halfway through when the stock cars go into action. F1 might have a showdown going on between Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso, but US fans will be caring more about the No. 2 Penske Dodge, driven by Brad Keselowski, which is up against five-time Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson in the No 48 Hendrick Chevrolet.
Just to put this into some kind of perspective, Speed TV is planning no less than 24 hours of coverage of the NASCAR finale between Thursday and Sunday night.