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            Racing, Feeling Life In The Fast Lane.
             Automobile Racing is considered a sport, but to me, it has ten times more excitement, unpredictability, and amazement than any activity that I have participated in.This passion originates when drivers race specially designed automobiles over tracks or courses of differing lengths, designs, and constructions. It tests the skills of the drivers, the speed capabilities of the vehicles, and the endurance of both. Automobile racing, which originally consisted of occasional challenges among wealthy individuals in the United States and continental Europe, has evolved into an international year-round professional sport. I feel that it is one of the most popular spectator sports in the world, with races run before millions of fans at events with wide coverage on television.
             Sports-Car Racing .
             Like stock cars, some sports cars appear to be street cars, commonly carrying manufacturer names such as Porsche, Ferrari, and Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW). But, as in stock-car racing, the resemblance to the street cars that are commercially available ends with the appearance. Sports cars also are extremely sophisticated racing machines built to run at high speeds over distance. American sports-car racing is generally a slower and less sophisticated form of racing than European sports-car racing. However, it is also less costly, and the organizers, owners, drivers, and teams are more attuned to the marketing needs of the manufacturers, who are trying to sell street cars, tires, and components through the publicity that comes from being associated with the competitions.
             Automobile Racing Basics .
             There are three basic types of race courses in automobile racing. The first type, the oval track, which can be dirt, asphalt, or concrete, can range in length from 0.16 to 2.5 miles. Some oval tracks, longer than 1 miles and highly banked, are called superspeedways. The second category of track, the road course, comes in two different forms: courses that are created by temporarily closing off city streets, and courses specially designed to duplicate the driving conditions of country roads but only used for racing.

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