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There are two races this weekend. Yes, all of TWO races. You may be sitting there, in your jammies, as it is Saturday morning and you don't feel like actually getting up yet because that would be silly, thinking "two races?! TWO RACES?! What in Sam Hill am I supposed to do with two races?" Well, baby, these are two races you're not going to want to miss.
The first race is, of course, the finale of the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide seasons, both held at the Homestead-Miami Speedway down in the beautiful, wonderful state of Florida. Florida is known and beloved throughout the world, so I'm not going to tell you much more about it, but Homestead itself is an interesting track. It originally attracted a bit of guff for being "slow" and "boring," two words which should never go with the word "racing," but that was the result of trying to ape Indy. In the past decade or so, though, they've quit all that aping-Indy business, curving out the squared-off corners and adding some sweet little banking to the curves. Now everyone likes it. Go figure.
The other big race is, of course, the Formula One United States Grand Prix. I love this race. Really, I do, and not just because it's a fancy new track and you get to see Texas Governor Rick Perry awkwardly jumping out of McLarens while wearing hipster glasses. And no, it's not just because they give the winner a big silly ill-fitting cowboy hat. And no, it's not just because you can take a lap of the track on Google Maps. And no, it's not just because we've decided to unilaterally name all the corners.