Now, the only reason I looked this up was because I wondered as to how popular it was versus NASCAR. Which I didn't think would be even close, however, I did remember getting into a debate about NASCAR vs. WRC. So I decided to try and find some ratings/information on the two motorsports to settle this for good:Originally Posted by Formula 1 TV Ratings (Source: Wikipedia)Originally Posted by NASCAR TV Ratings(Source: HamptonRoads.com)So basically, NASCAR gets *on it's best day* 17.5 Million television viewers and up to 170,000 people attending an event. Whereas WRC has an average of 50 million viewers and an attendance of up to 600,000 people (However, you're talking about 3 days of racing versus 1).Originally Posted by WRC TV Ratings (Source: SpeedTV Insider/WRC Official Website)
This was somewhat of a shocker to find. Mostly because of how ignorant I was to think that it would even be close. I'm sure if I were to dig deeper I could find a bigger case for NASCAR, but plain and simple, NASCAR doesn't race internationally, therefore making it much less expensive to hold races which makes it easier to have more events. So I'm sure that NASCAR's total amount of viewers gets somewhat close to that of WRC's 802 million (44% increase since 2002, thanks Richard Burns!).
Sorry, it's a lot of reading. I got bored watching Ferrari lose in Monaco and decided to do a bit of research before I went to bed. Hope someone finds this information somewhat interesting.