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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.

Renault's all-new Formula 1 R.S.16 livery has debuted for 2016 races

Formula 1
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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Chase Elliott and Chris Buescher drive during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series 3M 250 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa

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, Fla.

For more information, visit the NASCAR official website

A glimpse of the electric racecars that were competing in the 2016 Faraday Future Formula E Long Beach ePrix

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.

See highlights from the 2016 Faraday Future Formula E Long Beach ePrix

For more information, visit the Formula E official website

Mikhail Aleshin at the 2014 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo credit: Mike Kelley)

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.

For more information, visit the Indy Racing League official website

Racing head to head at the 2015 Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix

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 of Sebring.

For more information, visit the IMSA official website

Andreas Mikkelsen races his Volkswagen in Argentina at the 2015 World Rally Championship

World Rally Championship
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 and France.

For more information, visit the World Rally Championship official site

Tanner Foust, racing a souped-up Volkswagen Beetle at round 8 of the Red Bull Global Rallycross at the Port of Los Angeles

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

Jakub Przygonski from Orlen X-Raid Team driving a souped-up Mini during stage eight of the Dakar from Salta to Belen, Argentina

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


Chris Hemsworth and  Daniel Bruhl star in Rush Rush
Based on the 1970s rivalry between driving legends James Hunt and Niki Lauda, "Rush" captures the glamour, excitement and danger of Formula 1 racing.

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