You love racing — you feel the thrill of the breakneck speeds and the blink-and-you’ll-miss-them maneuvers. But more than one person in your life doesn’t get why you show such passion for the sport. If you’ve watched a football or baseball game with friends even though you haven’t felt quite as passionate, it’s time for them to repay the favor. Convert a friend or family member into a racing fan with one or more of these reliable methods.
Wow Them With Incredible Stories
Racing, unlike most any other sport, allows for an equal playing field for the talented: men and women drive in the same races, and even teenagers race alongside adults. Show your friends footage of the Kansas City race car driver who started breaking track records in 2010 when he was only 13 years old and went on to enter the world of professional racing a few years later. Anyone with skill can make a professional name for him- or herself in this sport; you won’t find 13-year-old football players in the NFL or female pitchers in MLB.
Show Them Racing Movies
Watch thrilling racing-themed movies with your friends and family before you introduce them to an actual race. Some popular racing films include:
- “Le Mans” (1971)
- “The Cannonball Run” (1981)
- “Days of Thunder” (1990)
- “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” (2006)
- “Rush” (2013)
Of course, there are high-speed car chase movies that take place off the race track, too, that your friend might be interested in, like 2001’s “The Fast and the Furious” and 2011’s “Drive.” While fans know that actual live races are just as thrilling as anything Hollywood comes up with, the uninitiated will be more familiar with the framing devices that movies use, such as the build-up to the dramatic showdown between racers. Once movies reveal to them the thrill you experience every time you watch a race, they’ll be ready for the real thing.
Throw a Viewing Party
Everyone enjoys a viewing party because even if what’s playing on TV doesn’t initially lure them in, the food, drinks and games just might. Throw a viewing party for the next big race and go all out on the refreshments. Between socializing and chowing down, your friends’ eyes will be drawn to the race playing on TV. Get excited about the surprising moments and your enthusiasm will prove contagious.
Take a Friend to a Live Race
A friend who showed interest in the race during your viewing party might be ready for a live race. A crowd can help people who don’t closely follow racing feel the impact of every turn, of every pass and of the checkered flag. Friends and family members who love attending live sporting events — football, baseball, basketball, etc. — are especially good candidates for becoming fans by attending a live race.
While at the race, treat your friends to refreshments and make the day a pleasant memory for them. If there are any racing museums or displays at the track, walk them through the exhibits before the race and talk to them about the importance of racing history.
Make Friendly Bets
If your friends have something riding on the race, they’ll have a particular driver or winning time to root for, and they will watch the race unfold like a hawk. Make bets on who will win whether you’re throwing a viewing party or watching the race separately. To ensure that the bet remains good fun, make the stakes non-monetary. For example, the loser might have to:
- Do the winner’s errands for a week
- Clean up after the viewing party
- Cook a meal for the winner or take him out to a restaurant
- Wear something silly for a day or even a week after the race
Statistic Brain says that there are 75 million NASCAR fans in the U.S. — and that’s just one type of racing. If your friends or family aren’t interested in NASCAR, there are Formula 1 cars, midget cars, and dirt car racing, too. You may feel alone in your passion, but you’re clearly not. Talking a friend or family member into becoming a racing fan is as simple as getting him or her invested in the race.
About the Author: Ryan Lovato is a sports blogger who specializes in writing about incredible stories in the world of racing, like that of young driver Mason Daughters.