Fascinating history facts about auto racing.
Auto racing has been around almost as long as the automobile itself. The first auto race was held in 1894. It was organized by La Petit Journal, a magazine in Paris, to test the reliability and performance of the vehicles. The first race in the United States was held one year later at a 54.36 mile course in Chicago. Today, there are many different types of auto racing.
Single-seater racing uses cars that are designed specifically for high-speed races. Sometimes called open wheel racing, it’s the most popular form of motorsport. The cars used in single-seater racing have uncovered wheels and aerofoil wings. Kart racing is a form of single-seater racing that often serves as a training ground for professional drivers.
Touring car racing uses the same modified production cars as rally racing. The difference is that the cars race against each other at the same time on a closed circuit. In the United States, touring car racing is called stock car racing. The cars used in stock car racing are designed especially for this purpose. NASCAR is the most well known stock car racing series; the Daytona 500 is the most famous NASCAR race.
Drag races challenge drivers to complete a specified distance in the shortest possible time. This type of racing is the most popular in the United States and can use either standard cars or specially designed dragsters. Dragsters can reach speeds of up to 330 miles per hour and be heard from over eight miles away. Street racing is sometimes referred to as drag racing, but this form of auto racing is both dangerous and illegal. The National Hot Rod Association works to promote safe drag races and discourage people from participating in street racing competitions.
In addition to these common types of auto racing, other racing categories include auto crossing, demolition derby, dirt speedway racing, legend car racing, and hill climbing.