Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone says his series and NASCAR won't be competing for the same motorsport fans in Texas when they hold races 190 miles apart in November.
Ecclestone dismissed on Wednesday any clash between the series, after the top executive at Texas Motor Speedway called F1 ''arrogant'' for scheduling the United States Grand Prix in Austin on the same weekend that his track hosts NASCAR in Fort Worth.
''I absolutely think it's foolish,'' said Eddie Gossage, the track president and general manager. ''It's a shot fired by Formula One at NASCAR. I can't say I was surprised because Bernie Ecclestone does a lot of foolish things. The thing he unfortunately doesn't recognize is there is an 800-pound gorilla when it comes to major American motorsports. The 800-pound gorilla is NASCAR.''
Texas Motor Speedway will host NASCAR's Texas 500 on Nov. 2, the same day F1 will hold its only race in the U.S. this year. Fort Worth is about a 3-hour drive from Austin.
While Gossage ...