The 2023 Cup Series race at the Circuit of the Americas was certainly an entertaining affair for the fans.
The first road course of the 2023 Cup Series season certainly didn’t disappoint. It has a lot of quality racing and crashes. Tyler Reddick won the race after three Overtime restarts. Additionally, it featured the likes of former F1 champions Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen.
However, it was not a good race for Stewart-Haas Racing’s Ryan Preece whose start to life at SHR hasn’t gone really well so far. In the latest race at COTA, he had a DNF after he was pushed outside the track in overtime and his car got smashed in the crash. However, he blamed this situation on a “lack of respect” for other drivers on the race track.
“Yeah, I got wrecked by a bunch of hacks. Well, you want to know what this is? This comes down to a lack of respect. Some pay their way, and they don’t respect cars. What happens going into turn one? They just run into everyone, and they ruin days, so someone needs an a**-kicking, that’s for sure,” Ryan Preece told Frontstretch.com.
What a bunch of Hacks.
— Ryan Preece (@RyanPreece_) March 26, 2023
Preece is not the only one concerned about this situation as the two-time Cup Series champion Kyle Busch previously highlighted a similar problem in NASCAR right now.
“That’s where the problem lies. Nobody gives two sh***s about anybody else. It’s just a problem where everybody takes advantage of everybody as much as possible. We’re all selfish, granted, but there was an etiquette that once did live here.”
Busch would certainly agree with Preece about the lack of respect from the young drivers in the series.