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5 Things To Know Before Watching Your First Sports Car Race


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Like many forms of entertainment, sports car racing is widely misinterpreted by individuals who are not familiar with the sport. Many people believe that sports car racing is essentially the same as NASCAR racing, but that is far from the truth. The cars used in sports car races around the world are not the cars that you would find at the lot of your favorite local car dealer. Sports car racing is a fascinating sport that has captured the attention of fans across the globe. Nowadays, it is easier than ever to follow races both online and through streaming services. Although you may not need to know what engine is on the Porsche Boxster or what the maximum speed is on a Mazda Miata, it is important to know what to expect as you watch your first sports car race.

1: The Structure of the Car Is Unique

Competitive races usually involve different types of two-seater sports cars. The layout of the car varies between brands. Commonly, competitive sports cars have a rear wheel drive and a rear mid-engine layout. Brands like Porsche typically have layouts that differ from their competitors.

2: Races Can Be Very Long

Perhaps the most noteworthy difference between sports car racing and NASCAR racing is the length of the race. Sports car racing is considered to be an endurance sport that is measured by the overall distance covered in a specified amount of time. Sports car races are so lengthy that they require each car to have two drivers that can switch places throughout the race. This constant shift in driver allows participants to maintain their safety and stamina. Since these races are longer, the cars tend to maintain distance between one another throughout the competition. Since there is a great space between drivers, there is less likelihood of vicious competition and dangerous collisions.

3: There Are Many Legendary Race Tracks

Since sports car races can last up to 24 hours, they typically are completed on longer circuits. Some of the most renowned races include:

12 Hours of Sebring

● 24 Hours of Daytona

● 24 Hours of Le Mans

● FIA World Endurance Championship

4: Sports Cars Are Built To Last

Since sports car racing requires endurance, the design of every car is centered on both speed and longevity. Because of the need for reliability, many sports cars that race competitively are manufactured by reputable brands including Porsche, Ferrari, and Lamborghini. Sports cars used in races need to be extremely durable; they should have the capacity to maintain high speeds while providing quality support to the driver for up to 24 hours.

5: Sports Car Racing Has Been Around Awhile

Although it may be new to you, sports car racing traces back to the early 1930’s. In those days, motor racing was completed on both circuits and roads. As the phenomenon grew across the globe, cars were divided into groups and subdivisions so that the competition remained fair. Throughout the years, manufacturers have continued to take racing to the next level by enhancing the features of competitive cars.


In the early days of racing, competitions were likely to have very unpredictable outcomes. Since the technology in cars was more simplistic, the body of the vehicle was likely to deteriorate throughout the race. Nowadays, sports cars are designed with innovative and sustainable features. The races take place around the world and require attentiveness from both drivers and fans. By embracing the history of the sport, you can see the incredible creativity that has come from many car manufacturers in the industry. The more you learn about motor racing, the more likely it is that you will become an enthusiast.

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