Auto Racing: Different Types And More


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There are two types of auto racing. One is to run the car for a certain amount of time. The driver (or team) that goes the furthest distance in that fixed time wins. The other is to run for a certain distance. The driver (or team) that covers that fixed distance in the shortest amount of time wins. Really, that’s all there is to it. There are lots of variants, but almost any auto racing falls into those two categories.

Auto Racing: Different Types And More

Auto Racing: Different Types And More

Types Of Auto Racing

Drag racing wants the fastest car over just a quarter-mile. Formula 1 races are over a fixed distance, too. Club races (for amateurs) are often time-limited rather than distance-limited. Endurance races, like the 24-hours of LeMans, run for 24 hours to see who can go the furthest. It’s a long time, so even when a car breaks or crashes, the team will hustle to fix it and get it back out there.

One exception to these auto racing categories is time-speed-distance rally; a TSD rally. Drivers agree to start at a certain point and drive to another. They mean to get there at exactly a certain time. They’re penalized for being early or late. TSD rallies are quite complicated and lots of fun to plan and execute. Maybe there’s just one-time check, or maybe there are several points over a long distance all day.

Racing Cars And Racing Types

Auto Racing: Different Types And More

Auto Racing: Different Types And More

Open-wheel racing. They are usually somewhat natural to drive for a racer. Here your physical conditioning, commitment, precision, and cockpit management (adjusting settings by your crew’s orders) are most important.

Nascar: While on the surface looks very easy, it is actually very complicated. While the teams use full data systems during testing they are banned on weekends. This is important as due to the high speed, and long duration corners, car setup is very crucial. Here is where we can see the feedback and communication skills of the driver. You must also be very precise as to where you lift off the gas, has ramifications for your splitter height entering the corner.

Touring Cars: A unique form of racing. Here you are racing cars that start as streetcars and racing generally short (though some series run endurance races). While these auto racing cars are not very fast, or physically demanding; they are often very difficult to drive on the limit. Their streetcar heritage requires compromises in the setup so a driver must wring the neck of the car more often.

Rally: Rally is all about flying down roads you don’t necessarily fully know at top speed over a variety of surfaces. This presents incredible demands on the driver’s car control abilities, as well as the drivers’ memorization and pace note ability if they have a race.In addition the ability to read terrain and determine what grip it will produce is crucial here, as is discipline.

Many rally drivers push entierly too hard leading to crashes amongst the trees. The very best know when, and more importantly when not to push. Summary for rally, key skills are Car control, terrain reading, memorization, and discipline

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