F1's all-American gamble pay off?

Former F1 chairman once stated his series didn't need America. Away from F1, the US motorsports community and its huge fan base looked to thrive.

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After eight years without a stateside event in the 1980s and 1990s, the US seemed perfectly pleased with one-off weekends each season, either wedged between IndyCar and NASCAR at IMS or held in Austin during a Texas Longhorns football away weekend.

The old-school, Eurocentric F1 paddock seemed to despise American-born drivers. The same racers accused the same Europeans of manipulating the system against them.

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The point is that F1 and the US have always been like two magnets pushed together. A square piston in a round block. Like synthetic oil and Fuji water.

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The smile of Kimi Raikkonen They just didn't mesh. American F1 fans were a passionate but small group. In the summer, there were no football pregame shows to watch instead of the races. Cars, drivers, and sponsors all seemed distant.

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The First Miami Grand Prix (2 p.m. ET Sunday, ABC). A three-day group hug of racers from all genres and global borders, aglow in the petrol-laced sunshine of South Florida, titled the Miami International Autodrome.

F1 is indeed having an American moment amid an American movement. The only question now seems to be how long that moment will last, and how big the sport could still become here in the New World.

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