By Daniela Paredez. sport. At Wednesday, December 18th 2019, 17:16:04 PM.
Mario Andretti and Phil Hill are the only Americans to win an F1 championship. Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt are the biggest names in NASCAR. There’s something about racing that drives Americans crazy. It’s more of the machines rather than the man. The adrenaline rush and the need for speed.
Soccer now nearly matches baseball’s popularity. Seven percent say it is their favorite sport to watch, the highest that sport has registered to date. Only once before have at least 7% of Americans named a sport other than football, basketball or baseball as their favorite — and that was auto racing in 1997. (Auto racing is now down to 2% of mentions.)
Jackie Robinson broke the racial barrier while Babe Ruth captured the imagination of fans. The New York Yankees are the most popular team in all of baseball and even during the 90’s era tainted by performance enhancing drugs, baseball remains a solid #2 on this list with current stars like Aaron Judge, Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout breaking records and dominating opponents.