considering that formula one is widely regarded as the pinnacle of motor sports with a worldwide television audience matched only by football (soccer, over here in the us), what happened in indianapolis on sunday was an impotent disgrace. 130,000 fans watched in disbelief as 20 cars completed the parade lap (fulfilling f1's contractual obligations to indianapolis motor speedway) only to see 6! cars remain on the grid for the start of the race. never mind the $100 ticket, how many had booked cars, flights and hotels for this weekend? in britain, we drive. in america, you fly, due to the distances involved in getting from one big city to another. result: a sporting nightmare.
there was no american tv broadcast for this event, except speedvision (special subscription required). this meant that the entire country had no tv access to its own grand prix. had this even been an epic race of heroic battle, bravery and fortune, only a few would have been able to witness it. what possible future can there be for formula one in the united states after this?