No. 1006
July 24, 2019

About The Autoextremist


Author, commentator, influencer. "The Consigliere." Editor-in-Chief of .

Peter DeLorenzo has been in and around the sport of racing since the age of ten. After a 22-year career in automotive marketing and advertising, where he worked on national campaigns as well as creating many motorsports campaigns for various clients, DeLorenzo established on June 1, 1999. Over the years DeLorenzo's commentaries on racing and the business of motorsports have resonated throughout the industry. Because of the burgeoning influence of those commentaries, DeLorenzo has directly consulted automotive clients on the fundamental direction and content of their motorsports programs. DeLorenzo is considered to be one of the most influential voices commenting on the sport today.

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By Peter M. DeLorenzo

Detroit. When the preeminent driver in F1, Lewis Hamilton, acknowledges that the latest F1 race - Sunday's French Grand Prix - was a complete snooze-fest and unwatchable (see The Line -WG), it's long past time for F1's overlords to make some drastic changes. I have railed against the rampant sterility and rote cadence of F1 for going on a decade now, and it's hard to imagine that it could get much worse, but it definitely has. 

F1's long pursuit of money over the quality of the racing has caught up with The Circus and now the sport is in free fall. The French Grand Prix wasn't a race, it was a technological demonstration with all the warmth of an autonomous vehicle conference. F1 is now so far afield from its "glory days" that F1 overlords are in danger of turning entire generations, old and new, against the sport.

F1's obsession with technology has cost it dearly; the sport is now completely lacking of emotional resonance. Racing enthusiasts don't get juiced about F1 anymore. I can't tell you the number of anti-F1 letters we get here every week, and these are from previously hard-core F1 enthusiasts who are turning their backs on the sport for good. F1's downward spiral is accelerating, and I don't think the powers that be have even a remote clue what to do about it.

Fortunately, we have IndyCar. Say what you will about the spec car negatives associated with IndyCar, but Sunday's race at Road America was what racing should be all about. Yes, Alexander Rossi put on a dominant performance for the win, but the cut-and-thrust racing going on behind him was mesmerizing, and exactly what racing enthusiasts want to see. Every position was fought for, every pass was ballsy, and the entire race was an homage to what great racing can be. 

I am glad we have IndyCar, because the driving talent is exceptional and the racing is the best in open wheel right now.

And that's the High-Octane Truth for this week.

(Photo by Dave Friedman)
Riverside International Raceway, October 13, 1963. Bob Bondurant (No. 99 Shelby American Cobra) on his way to the win in a special 1-Hour race for GT cars. Shelby Cobras dominated, as Allen Grant (No. 96 Coventry Motors Shelby Cobra) was second, Lew Spencer (No. 98 Shelby American Cobra) third, and Dan Gurney (No. 97 Shelby American Cobra) fourth.