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4 Major Types of Auto Racing Around the World

People from all over the world are obsessed with just about anything that involves fast cars and high-octane driving action. While the Fast and the Furious movies have done a great job of pushing the concept of auto racing into the realm of impossibility and movie magic, nothing beats the real thing. If you're a fan of high-speed car chases, then watching an actual auto racing tournament will keep you on the edge of your seat. But before you get up and go to the nearest racetrack, it's time you learn the many different types of auto racing.

Formula 1 Racing

The pinnacle of motor racing, in the form of the F1 Grand Prix series, Formula 1 racing is the fastest and most exciting racing in the world. The teams and drivers represent the best of the best, and the cars they drive are always at the bleeding edge of automotive technology. F1 cars are single-seat racers designed specifically for the series. They are open-wheel racing cars with a chassis that is made of carbon fibre and aluminum, making them lighter and faster than regular cars. F1 cars have a top speed of around 250mph, reaching 60mph in only 2.5 seconds.

The event is held around the world, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Monaco, Japan, and Brazil, to name a few. The official name for the F1 season is the FIA Formula One World Championship, which is sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).

Stock Car Racing

If you love NASCAR, then you'll love stock car racing. It's the same adrenaline rush and nail-biting action, except you'll see it through a different lens. Stock car racing or NASCAR races are held on oval tracks and usually feature 40 drivers racing with high-performance stock cars. Each race is called an "event," and there are three types of events. A qualifier is the first event of the night, then there is the "feature" race, where the top drivers compete for the season title. Finally, there is a "consolation" race, where lower-ranked drivers are pitted against one another.

The biggest difference between stock car racing and Formula 1 racing is the rules. In F1, the cars have to be single-seaters, while NASCAR allows teams to build their own cars. In F1, there are strict regulations on the teams and drivers, but NASCAR does not restrict its drivers' freedom to make their own decisions about the cars they use.

Drag Racing

Drag racing is one of the oldest forms of racing, and it's still one of the most thrilling. It's pretty simple to understand. Two drivers race their cars against one another, going from a standing start to a certain point, and the winner is the one who covers the shortest distance in the shortest amount of time. You'll see the drivers rev their engines to the max, then the starter will drop the flag, and they'll be off to the races.

Rally Racing

Rally racing, one of the newest forms of auto racing, has been gaining popularity over the years. Rallying is a form of racing that covers long distances in cars with special, high-performance suspension and off-road tires. Basically, it's a test of a driver's skill and handling as they navigate tight corners and uneven terrain.

The FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) is the premier rally racing event held all over the world, with the greatest names in rallying competing for the title. The WRC is also broadcast on television, with some of the best rally racing action being shown on live TV.


There you have it. Some of the most famous auto racing tournaments in the world. Each of these types of racing is very different from one another and has its own appeal and following. If you're in a city where there's an auto race, then get yourself a ticket and go over there, you'll be glad you did.

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