I won't tell him! But just so you know, I share the European's dislike of NASCAR. I mean, come on, all it is is just one big left hand turn. Formula 1 is a bit more "refined".
But I work with a lot of people from the Southern States (Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama) and the Sunday afternoon Holy Trinity is Country Music Television, Wrestling ("Wrass'Lin") and NASCAR. I mean, we had to fly the flag at half-mast when Dale Earnhart died. If you can imagine Bubba, in his overalls, spittin' out his tobacco juice and saying "Gawd Damn! That just ain't right!" Those are the people I work with. So I have had to learn to deal with NASCAR.
P.S. - "sophisticated" English is not an easy language to spell. The words aren't always spelled the way they sound. I really enjoyed the post about languange.