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Popular forms of auto racing
Car racing has existed since automobiles were first invented nearly a century ago. Over the years, several different types of racing have evolved, creating a multifaceted racing culture with fans expressing loyalty to one class of competition or another. Here are some car travel tips on some of the world's most popular forms of auto racing.
Considered to be the fastest class of single driver auto racing, Formula 1 is most popular in Europe, though many international competitors also participate in the sport. Races are known as Grands Prix and occur on both closed circuits and public roads. Formula 1 dates back to 1906 and has grown into an international phenomenon.
Named after the sport's premier event, the Indianapolis 500, IndyCar racing is a form of single-seat open car racing popular in the United States. The sport also features two other high-profile events, Firestone Indy Lights and the USF2000 National Championship, which make up The Road to Indy. Races vary between oval circuits, regular road courses and closed street racing.
Also known as rally racing, rallying generally occurs on public streets or off-road courses. The sport involves two participants, a driver and navigator, who race from point to point, rather than in a constructed circuit. Many racers use modified street-legal cars, rather than standard race cars.