One of the more affordable and straightforward methods for racing lovers to enter the sport is this racing series, also known as showroom stock in the United States. Very minimally modified or unmodified automobiles compete against similarly equipped cars in this series. There are severe limitations on the types of suspension, tires, wheels, aerodynamics, brakes, and performance vehicles that can be installed on the production-based road cars in this series. This keeps vehicles as similarly outfitted as possible so that racing can continue to be competitive. Both experienced drivers and new drivers can access this series.
The “one-make” series, where automakers offer a variety of vehicles that meet the essential specifications directly from the factory, is advantageous for professional and gentleman racers. Unfortunately, many of these series supported by automakers are only available to manufacturers of exotic cars. The Lamborghini Super Trofeo, Ferrari Challenge, and Porsche Supercup are a few of the most well-known series.
Amateur drivers can participate in a few production car racing series through the SCAA and the National Auto Sport Association (NASA). These series are divided into groups based on the vehicles’ age, weight, engine size, and degree of modification. Due to its low entry barrier and affordability, amateur racing is the most popular type among aficionados. Most production cars competing in a series must include a few safety features, including a fire suppression system, roll cage, and harness. Drivers must also wear a suit, racing shoes, gloves, and helmets. Here is what to anticipate if you want to compete in your first race.
You may be scratching your head, and unsure what stock car racing is. Since 1948, NASCAR has been America’s most well-known racing series. You’ve probably heard of it. The history of NASCAR’s founding deserves to be known. Moonshine runners modified their automobiles to escape the authorities during the Prohibition era while keeping their “stock” appearance. A new racing series was created as moonshiners began to enter national races with illicit cars.
The National Association for Stock Car Racing (NASCAR), which brought the drivers together in a single series, was established in 1948 by a technician named William France, making the situation official. Modern NASCAR cars still resemble the stock cars they are based on despite having big numbers, odd paint jobs, and massive sponsorships. All NASCAR races are held on oval circuits, and all vehicles in the series are powered by 5.8-liter V8 engines and equipped with four-speed manual transmissions.
NASCAR’s oval layout may not be as spectacular compared to road racing circuits, but there is still a lot of action. The race cars are only a few inches apart, the races can run up to 500 miles, and the cars can reach 200 mph. This is a prescription for disaster, which explains why NASCAR has so many spectacular wrecks.
Although there are amateur stock car races, they are often regional affairs with briefer contests and smaller oval circuits.
Rallying, often known as “stage” rallying, differs from other types of auto racing in that it typically occurs on unpaved surfaces, including mud, sand, and dirt. Due to the year-round nature of rallying, drivers must compete in thrilling weather conditions, including snow and rain. There are a few paved sections, but they primarily serve as connections between off-road areas.
The fact that teams must complete timed parts where the passenger serves as a co-driver and directs the driver on a segment makes rallying different from other racing series. The co-driver reads these instructions aloud, known as “pace notes,” to the driver, so they know what is to come.