Car Racing

945 WordsSep 30, 20014 Pages
Automobile Racing Automobile Racing, one of the most popular sports in the world, have races run with wide coverage on television - before millions of fans. It tests the skills of the drivers, the speed capabilities of the vehicles, and the endurance of both. The first racing cars were motorized versions of horse-drawn carriages and wagons. The first race was a reliability demonstration from Chicago to Waukegan, Illinois, in November 1895, while the first American oval-track race, held at the Rhode Island State Fairgrounds in Cranston in 1896, was won at an average speed of 43.1 km/h. Racing in the United States became popular two years later, with the opening of 4-km brick-surfaced Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana.…show more content…
Today, the Indy car design is somewhat changed to be more like to F1 cars designs, and soon Indy car races became races on both, the oval circuits and road courses. Because of these changes, Indy car designs became as sophisticated as any F1 car. The biggest problem in automobile racing is the costs of racing competitively. Drivers receive large sums of money from team owners, and the cost of building a car capable of winning is often massive, up to several hundred thousand dollars. To win a racing series, in the Indy car championship or the Winston Cup, requires several million dollars—for salaries; construction; engine-rental, and maintenance payments, and other related costs. With revenues from large corporate sponsorships, the sale of television broadcast rights, and the selling of public stock and other financial procedures, creating a team capable of winning is possible. Another issue is the dizzyingly fast rate of technological change possible in automobile racing. Early in the sport's development, racecars changed gradually, often with years intervening between significant innovations. Over time, however, technological change accelerated, as it became increasingly common for competitors to actively seek technological superiority under a limited time span. This search is legal, but costly, as research, technical staff, and implementing change itself (requiring the physical
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