Gossage upset over F1 race clash with NASCAR

USTIN, Texas: The top executive at Texas Motor Speedway is frustrated over Formula One’s decision to hold the United States Grand Prix in Austin on the same weekend that his track hosts NASCAR.Eddie Gossage called the scheduling “arrogant” on Tuesday.

“I absolutely think it’s foolish,” said Gossage, the track’s 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 November 2, the same day F1 will hold its only event in the United States this year.

Messages were left late Tuesday seeking comment from the Circuit of the Americas, where the F1 event will be held, and the FIA, the governing body for the sport.

“Any time you cut something into two pieces, whether it’s 50-50, 60-40 or 99-1, it doesn’t matter who’s got the 99 and who’s got the 1, it’s less than 100 percent,” Gossage said. “It’s just not smart. There’s 52 weeks in the year. But that was the only weekend that Formula One could make it work in Texas. Give me a break.”