I am presently near Charlotte, North Carolina which is a beautiful part of the United States. The area has rolling hills, mountains, working dairy farms, culture, Southern hospitality, old Southern plantations full of charm and secrets, history, heritage, one of the largest lakes and is a popular home of NASCAR. Now when I first arrived to visit my son I had no idea just exactly what NASCAR was. I have since learned it is an acronym for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. In fact, NASCAR is now one of the most popular sports in America today. The NASCAR vehicles are built from the ground up as “pure racing beasts” and based on four-door American made cars: the Ford Fusion, Dodge Charger, Chevrolet Monte Carlo and the Toyota Camry. NASCAR Sprint Cup cars have fenders which are important because they allow side-to-side contact between cars without allowing the wheels to hook causing a big wreck. The NASCAR Sprint Cup series features 36 races on 22 different race tracks. 34 of those races feature all left turns on ovals or D shaped race tracks. Two races are held on road courses. The Charlotte Motor Speedway is one of the most popular NASCAR tracks in the Charlotte area. Thousands upon thousands of fans turn out to spend a day and evening at the tracks cheering on their favorite driver and enjoying all the camaraderie of the event.
So as I read about NASCAR it makes me wonder that perhaps instead of drifting, would something like NASCAR work in Saudi Arabia? George Gillette Jr, majority owner of Richard Petty Motorsports thinks it would be a good idea. With the right partner a vast expanse of desert right outside of any metropolitan area could be easily converted to a state-of-the-art NASCAR track. Saudis could have their own favorite drivers with prestigious sponsorships and who are avidly followed. And perhaps like the tracks near Charlotte, North Carolina, on days when there are no races, some of the tracks are open and allow individuals to either ride along the course with a NASCAR driver or even drive by themselves in a NASCAR race car!
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