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I’m interested to learn more about the Mintel Consumer Intelligence study that says “auto-racing fandom varies inversely with educational level,” as quoted in Erik Wemple’s story “A Poor Track Record” (7/12).
I follow racing, as do a number of my friends, many of whom are successful, intelligent, and highly paid individuals who work in a wide range of professions.
I will acknowledge that the infield and grandstands of a NASCAR or CART events feature some of the most moronic, drunk individuals this side of an English soccer riot. They also include educated, well-respected members of society who happen to love racing as well. To make a blanket statement such as yours above is insulting.
You may find the accents of many NASCAR, CART, or IRL drivers and crews comical (I do myself), but I assure you many of them have degrees above and beyond a mere journalism degree (which I hold, in addition to a master’s), including master’s degrees and doctorates in engineering, mechanical engineering, and aerospace.
The fan base of racing is extremely varied, but if you were to attend an ALMS, Speedvision GT, or Formula 1 event (or events, for a better cross-section), you would learn that racing interest is not inversely proportional to educational level, as you imply with your quote.
So, to give yourself the benefit of the doubt—that you aren’t just lazy and picking up a quote you didn’t research—please do your readers (many of whom are these same racers you disparage) a favor and give more details about this study.