Texas Motor Speedway president blasts F1 for 2019 scheduling

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For the second time in five years, a Formula One and NASCAR Cup race will fall on the same day in the same state.

Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage remains just as stridently opposed to the head-to-head concept as he was in 2014.

“Shame on Formula One for doing this to the fans,” Gossage said in a statement Friday a few hours after Formula One announced a Nov. 3, 2019 race at Circuit of the Americas in Austin that will coincide with the second annual Cup race in Fort Worth. “Fans have recognized this as the NASCAR date on this weekend since its inception long before Circuit of the Americas was built.

“I would think a lot of fans – myself included – would enjoy going to both races. Now Formula 1 is making fans choose only one. Yet another bad call by Formula 1 showing their infamous indifference toward the fans.”

It will mark five years and a day since the last time NASCAR and Formula One raced on the same day 220 miles apart. The Formula One race in Austin on Nov. 2, 2014 began just after 3 p.m. — a few minutes before the green flag fell at Texas Motor Speedway.

Gossage also pushed back then against the F1 race, saying “it’s not good for us” to have both series racing the same day because “race fans shouldn’t have to choose.”

Formula One’s 2018 race in Austin will take place on Oct. 21, ahead of the Nov. 4 race at Texas.

Texas Motor Speedway also has expressed reservations about the IndyCar Series running at the Austin track. But Gosssage and his track recently announced a four-year sanctioning agreement with IndyCar that apparently will allow for a future IndyCar race at Austin.