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20 April 2008

(Sombrero tip to Trailero at Mexican Trucker) My original post had “10,000” where I should have typed “100,000”. Marc, who links to Full Throttle (and, if he’s the guy I think he is, a well-known NASCAR reporter) said he estimated attendance at 65-80K.  Hermanos Rodriguez’s seating capacity is difficult to estimate, given that it is part of the Foro Sol complex.  An estimated 2 million people were in Hermanos Rodriguez  when Pope John-Paul said Mass there in 1999).  Still, 65 to 80 thousand isn’t a bad turnout for what’s still seen as a “north of the border” import.

NASCAR racing is coming to the Audodromo Hermanos Rodriguez this weekend. Mexicans have always been auto racing fans, though it’s been Formula One racing that usually draws their attention (and the Rodriguez brothers — Ricardo and Pedro are legends in Formula One circles (Ricardo was killed during a practice run in 1962 on the track that now bears his and Pedro’s name).

But, NASCAR always had some following in Mexico (one of the great early NASCAR races was the 1950-54 La Carrera Panamericana road race from El Paso to the Guatemalan border.

100,000 NASCAR fans are expected to show up for Sunday’s event. It’s been sold out for weeks A few NASCAR purists, complaining about the “political correctness” of running the race in MEXICO have complained, but what the hell. NASCAR ain’t just for rednecks… it’s also for anyone who likes fast cars, mechanical ingenuity, girls flashing their tits, beer… hell, sound like the Mexicans could fit right in, though maybe Mexican NASCAR might be slightly different.

Gentlemen… start your engines…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 20 April 2008 2:42 pm

    A “sellout” is 10,000?

    Try 100,000, and as I’m watching the event as I write, and seeing plenty of empty seats the guess is 65,000 – 80,000 are in attendence.

    My bad… 100K, not 10K. Thanks, Marc.

  2. 23 April 2008 2:51 pm

    Awesome Mexican Confederate Flag. I think that Mexicans enjoy American Football more than they do NASCAR. NASCAR is smart by doing this. (As much as I hate NASCAR)

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