Racing cars began soon after the launching of petrol-fuelled automobiles in the nineteenth century. The first race was organized by a Paris magazine Le Petit Journal in 1894, to ascertain the best performers. International racing began with the Gordon Bennett Cup in auto racing. Chicago was the venue for the first auto race in the USA in 1895.
It was the French who dominated the automobile racing scene and the French automobile club ACF staged a number of major international races, usually from or to Paris, connecting with another major city in Europe or France.
There are several kinds of automobile racing the most well known being single-seater racing, in which specifically designed cars are used. In these cars, the wheels are not covered, and you will find aerofoil wings in front and rear to improve the traction of the car on the racetrack. These races are held on specially designed closed circuits or on special street circuits which are closed for the duration of the event.
The top series is the World Rally Championship (WRC), but there also regional championships and several countries have their own national championships.
The other kind of single-seater racing is kart racing. In this the small but strong go-karts pick up speed quickly on the small tracks. So many racing drivers of today began by driving karts since it’s the cheapest way to get into auto racing. It has made racing much more accessible. Today, it’s also a fully-fledged international game in its own right.
Touring car racing is a type of road racing that is run with production-derived racecars. The American variant of touring car racing is called stock car racing. In drag racing, mostly well known in the United States, the purpose is to complete a certain distance, traditionally a quarter of a mile, at the shortest possible time. Whatever the kind of auto racing, the thrill is in the speed.