It’s Memorial Day weekend, so there are auto races.
Some time ago, my brother-in-law told me that people only watch auto races for the crashes. I thought that was just ridiculous. I don’t watch auto races for the crashes. In fact, one reason that I’m put off on racing is the possibility of crashes and death. I don’t like that. The world is already too filled with death over stakes a hell of a lot more important than which car can travel 500 miles a few seconds faster than another.
I don’t know all that much about auto racing. Nonetheless, I do think it’s interesting watching the drivers position themselves. And there is all the strategy about pit stops. And if I know enough about who’s driving, I can root for someone. It’s not exactly dull.
But what do I know? My brother-in-law is a fan of auto racing. And I’m not. And it was only when I realized this that I understood that he was right: the vast majority of the people who enjoy auto racing, enjoy it because of the crashes. Because if you just enjoy watching the cars go around, you’re like me: you don’t enjoy it that much.
This shouldn’t come as a shock. Dale Earnhardt’s death is credited for increasing the audience of auto racing. It could just be a coincidence, of course. But one thing is for sure: his death didn’t cause people to abandon the sport, even though I would think that would be the natural reaction.
But enjoy the races. It’s Memorial Day weekend, after all.