From the moment car was invented, men have a constant hunger to make it go faster, and while one cannot drive cars on the everyday roads with speed unimaginably pushed to its limits, motor racing was then born and upsurge in so many ways that it became a legit sport with massive number of enthusiasts all over the world. Here are some of the most prestigious, most-watched motorsport events:
- FIA Formula One World Championships
Formula 1 is the number most prestigious motorsport in the world and is the zenith of all motor racing. The sport, regarded as the highest class of open-wheel racing, has hailed names of teams like the Ferrari, Mercedes AMG, McLaren, Honda, and Renault and of legendary drivers like Jackie Stewart and Ayrton Senna. Races are on tracks found on almost every continent in the world – truly a global sport this is. The term “formula” in this motorsport refers to the set of strict guidelines that govern the designs of the F1 race cars each year. Formula cars are designed for one major purpose of attaining the highest possible speed on the track, and the outcome, an F1 car has the wheels and the driver exposed – a totally different appearance to the normal road cars as it nearly resembles a fighter jet. The rules regarding the engines have largely changed since then; with the designs, more Earth-friendly but never diminished with over 900 horsepower and 200+ mph speed.
- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
The idea of this motorsport was stimulated by the chase scene between bootleggers and cops, and the idea of stock car racing was then put to life on beaches and primitive dirt tracks. Now, it has become one of the biggest motor racing events in the United States and one of the most-watched around the world. National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) races are supposedly for stock cars, but today’s NASCAR race cars are not nearly stock anymore. With the necessary evolutions applied on NASCAR races, the race cars now use tube-frame car skeletons and rear wheels that run with more than 700 horsepower. NASCAR’s most known teams include Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, and Joe Gibbs Racing, and the legendary and most notable names consist of Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart.
- IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship
International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) actually holds an all-American sports car championships. The series for IMSA Sportscar Championship resulted from a merger between the two top sports car series in the US: The Rolex Sportscar Series and the American Le Mans Series. The series is designed to test endurance, and thus, the races are not based on lap counting, but under time limits from 100-minute sprint on a circuit like the Long Beach to a 12 Hours in the track of Serbing to the legendary 24 Hours race in Daytona. Teams like Chip Ganassi Racing, Corvette Racing, and Porsche North America are the ones leading this motorsport.
- FIA World Endurance Championship
In this sport, speed is important but it will not guarantee a win. Endurance and survival through all sorts of weather and sometimes darkness is the vital part. Both the drivers and the cars have to survive this toughest race of all, which tests out the best team who can go the farthest distance in an allotted time. While most races last six hours utmost, another legendary record in all motorsports is the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans.