NASCAR out of touch with its fans | Wheels.ca: "“(The drivers) came from humble beginnings, had a dream, worked hard, paid their dues and became successful. They epitomized the American dream.”
They related to the fans and the fans related to them. She continues:
“Those days disappeared with the arrival of private jets, expensive motorhomes and time-consuming demands from team sponsors. . . The new generation of drivers retreated to often-gated, multi-million-dollar houses (while the fans struggled to pay ever-higher ticket prices).
“The drivers were no longer the neighbour who was successful at a chosen profession but rather a celebrity. A huge disconnect developed between the fans and the drivers.”"