Auto Racing is one of the most popular sports all over the world. It involves automobile car races set to the fastest time over a certain distance or time limit. Auto racing began soon after gasoline fueled automobiles were made.
The main goal of car racing is to set the fastest time in a set number of rounds or time limit. The final order is determined by total amount of race time, with the fastest time in first place, second place and so on. Any motorist failing to complete a race for any reason is considered as retired, or usually out.
There is a large range of types of auto racing, including Grand Prix racing, midget-car racing, stock-car racing, sports-car racing, speedway racing, drag racing, and karting, as well as hill climbs and trials.
Dirt track racing is popular where cars race around an oval dirt track, and includes race types such as Sprint Car Racing, Autograss, Banger Racing, and Autospeedway. Similar events, but on a different surface, is Car Ice Racing.
Auto Racing Sports
- Formula Racing — motor racing using open-wheeled single-seat vehicles.
- Autocross — a type of Auto Racing in which drivers navigate one at a time through a defined course on either a sealed or an unsealed surface in the shortest time. See also the motorcycle version Motorcycle Gymkhana.
- Endurance Racing — a motorsport where teams of two or four race for long distances.
- Autograss — a type of Auto Racing on natural surfaces such as grass or mud, usually held on quarter-mile oval tracks.
- Autospeedway — a motorsport similar to motorcycle speedway, but with cars.
- Drifting — drivers take corners at speed and the back wheels slide out, and are judged according to the speed, angle, showmanship and line taken through a corner.
- Rally Raid (cross country rallys) — an extended form of rally racing, conducted on an off-road course
- Rally Racing (car) — auto racing that mainly happens either on unpaved roads in races against the clock.
- Rally Cross — automobile sprint racing held on a closed racing circuit using rally-type cars.
- Hillclimbing (Car) — car drivers race on an uphill course in a time trial format
- Sports Car Racing — a type of auto racing, in which sports cars are used.
- Sprint Car Racing — a racing sport that involves direct racing of high-powered small cars.
- Touring Car Racing — a type of auto track racing, which uses heavily modified road-going cars.
- Stock Car Racing — a car racing sport in which production-based cars are used for racing, such as NASCAR.
- Banger Racing — racing event which is done on a dirt track using scrap cars.
- Drag Racing — automobiles or motorcycles race down a straight track
- Demolition Derby — involves drivers hammering their vehicles against each other.
- Mud Bogging — an off-road motorsport that involves driving a vehicle through a muddy course.
- Car Ice Racing — cars to race across a strip of frozen water.
- Lawn Mower Racing — motorsport where participants use race-modified lawnmowers.
- Kart Racing — an open-wheel motorsport variant that uses small, open, four-wheeled vehicles called karts (or go-karts).
- Land Speed Records — in various vehicle classes, competitors attempt to create the fastest time over a fixed distance. Two runs are required in opposite directions within one hour to set a new mark.
- Radio-controlled car racing (not a sport)
- See Motorsports (general)
- Motorcycling Sports
- Complete list of sports
- The Encyclopedia of Sports