Formula 1, NASCAR, Indy and Other Top Car Racing Circuits
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Ever since Count Jules-Albert de Dion won the world's first car race from Paris to Rouen in 1894, making the trek at an average speed of 19 kph, auto racing has been a popular pastime and exciting forum for showcasing and testing the latest automotive technology. From long-distance endurance trials like the 24 Hours of Le Mans, to the off-road romping of the World Rally Championship, to stock car classics like the Indianapolis 500, today's auto races provide fans with the type of thrilling, edge-of-your-seat entertainment that few other sports can claim.
The highest class of open-wheel formula racing, this series of Grand Prix races — known as the FIA Formula One World Championship — started in 1950 and has the largest number of fans of any motorsport. The races occur worldwide, most notably in countries like Canada, Britain, Australia, China, Monaco and the United Arab Emirates, as well as a new race in Baku, Azerberjian. The races begin on March 18, 2016 in Australia!
For more information, visit the Formula 1 official website
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Short for the National Association
for Stock Car Auto Racing, NASCAR
is the largest sanctioning body
of motor sports in the United
States. Each year, NASCAR holds
three major series in North America,
the most well-known being the
Sprint Cup, which includes the
popular Daytona 500 in Daytona,
For more information, visit the NASCAR official website
Formula E Championship
Formula racing's electric series is heading into 2016 since the launch of the Formula E Championship — a racing series dedicated solely to electric vehicles — two years ago. Featuring 9 teams, 18 drivers, 36 cars, the races will take place in the heart of iconic cities including, Paris, Beijing and London. Accelerating from 0-60 in under three seconds and boasting a top speed of over 130 mph, these emission-free Formula cars are all about bringing exciting new innovations to the electric car.
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For more information, visit the Formula E official website
Indy Racing League
The Indy Racing League (IRL) is the sanctioning body of two championship open-wheel racing series in the United States, which includes the famous Indianapolis 500. After splitting from Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) in 1994, IRL succeeded while CART floundered financially. In 2008, CART, which had been renamed to Champ Car following bankruptcy, merged with IRL.
more information, visit the Indy Racing League official website
The International Motorsport Association
pulls together the Tudor United SportsCar Championship, Continental Tire Sports Car
Challenge, Prototype Lites and GT3 Cup under one American sanctioning
roof. Fans enjoy thrilling races
as well as the many opportunities
to meet drivers and team members
across the country, but the best
known is the grueling 12 Hours
For more information, visit the IMSA official website
Not the average car race, the WRC
is a series of rally races in 13
different countries, on some of the
harshest terrain on the planet. Teams
enter multiple cars in each race,
which occurs in multiple stages,
most off-road and not open to the
public. Instead of racing against
each other, cars race against time;
teams with the fastest overall times
earn points to determine the WRC
winner. WRC locations range far across
the world and include places like
Sweden, Mexico, Australia, Argentina
For more information,
visit the World Rally Championship official site
Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC)
Drivers compete against each other in heavily modified production cars called Rallycross SuperCars at various venues in Daytona, Detroit, Babados and a culminating round in Las Vegas. Each GRC event features a grueling mix of dirt and asphalt tracks coupled with challenging obstacles. The routes are split with one route being significantly shorter than the other. The shorter route is called the Joker Lap and can only be used one time during the race. There is also a Penalty Box that a driver must enter if they have an infraction on the track. It has become an integral part of the X Games and travels wherever the X Games event is held.
For more information,
visit the Global Rallycross official website
Dakar Rally 2016
When it comes to the Dakar Rally, it's not about speed, but rather extreme endurance. Over the course of 13 days, drivers take on challenging terrain and severe conditions along Argentina's and Bolivia's back country. This year, the route begins in Buenos Aires, and leads to Rosario, Bolivia via Salta, where racers will be greeted at the finish line.
For more information on this year's race and results, visit the Dakar Rally 2016 official website
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