Would NASCAR Work in Saudi Arabia?


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!

15 Responses

  1. I dont think so. My husband (Saudi) thinks nascar is boring.. oh look another left turn…. Drifting is much more animated and a much higher level of danger which is why he likes it. There are already drifting races here in Saudi Already and I dont see something like NASCAR being able to convert that audience to it.

  2. Sounds like a great idea! :)

  3. […] post:  Would NASCAR Work in Saudi Arabia? « American Bedu Share and […]

  4. princes girl,

    I am optimistic that with the right promotion and marketing it could be done. I’ve seen too much drifting on the public streets and cars being wrecked as a result.

  5. As a parent i’d much prefer Nascar to drifting atleast it’s controlled. It could work with requisite promotion etc., but F thinks they’d probably come up with their version of a dangerous nascar anyway.

  6. Actually, I can see race care driving in KSA. It seems to be big in Abu Dhabi and Iran. So why not?

  7. Why limit it to nascar races. Bahrain has moto gp as well as the Australian V8 Supercar races once a year. Saudi has the money and space to change the wold view of itself and become a capital in all forms of motor race sport.

  8. I think NASCAR would be popular in Saudi since it involves speed and cars. But Monster Jam where giant trucks crush and smash all kinds of stuff might be even more popular. A combination of monster trucks and crazy stunts would go down well in Saudi. So long as people don’t try those on the roads.

  9. California – I had not thought about Monster Jam but you are right…I can see that taking off moreso in KSA before NASCAR. Now how does one go about getting the word and suggestion out to the right people?

  10. Not NASCAR but professional, controlled track, drifting races would work. It’s a popular motor sport in Japan. Autocross would be hugely popular as well. It’s basically a anyone-with-a-car-can-join race with tracks marked out with traffic cones. While it takes great skill, it is relatively low speed and thus safe for amateurs.


  11. To me these are much needed activities in Saudi which are legal and controlled, are fun and can have a following with sponsors, etc and create more of a sense of comaraderie and sportsmanship.

  12. I’ve been reading a few posts and really and enjoy your writing. I’m just starting up my own blog and only hope that I can write as well and give the reader so much insight.

  13. Thank you Tyson and Good Luck!

  14. […] watch the video and I’m sure that you too, would like to see NASCAR in the […]

  15. […] the Kingdom.  There should be mini-golf courses, batting cages, go-karts, Saudi’s own version of NASCAR. I am optimistic that more activity options will open up in the Kingdom; it’s simply a matter of […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,257 other followers

%d bloggers like this: