This question comes up every 6 months or so around here.
Anyway, the appeal is a lot of things. . .
First of all, it’s a race. I like racing. You put people in running shoes, in a pool, on skates, on skis, on a bike, in cars, on rollerblades, and tell them “first one to the line wins” and I’ll watch it.
I like big V8 engines at 8000 RPMs.
I like the strategy during the race. . .the decisions about fuel, tires, tape, wedge, whether to pit at all in some cases!
I like following drivers that I like.
Actually, going to a race is fun, but you don’t get as much detail about strategy and who is having problems with what as you do on TV. Sometimes you don’t even know who is on the lead lap.
And, crashes are awesome, but they’re really just a cherry on top of the race. It’s not why I watch, but I love a good crash. Seeing a car hitting a wall or flipping over, or skidding at 180 mph is, quite frankly, awesome.
I gotta say that for the first year in my life, I think I’m more psyched for Daytona than the Superbowl – or at least equally psyched. I recently got a HDTV and I can’t wait to watch a race on it.