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Car racing could be traced down to the period when automobiles were first invented, with the first of such races held sometime around 1867. The early car racing contests had the sole aim of proving to the public that these automobiles were practical means of transportation. Later these races became an avenue through which competing engineers could show whose vehicle was better. Giving way to the manufacturing of specialist racing cars.
Rugby has the world series, football has the world cup, golf has the masters, tennis has Wimbledon, every single sport has a famous, influential, prestigious and celebrated event that brings out the best of the very best. There is no exception to this when it comes to the sport of car racing. From NASCAR to Formula 1, here are the most prestigious, esteemed, and most exalted of all car racing games on the planet.
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1. Dakar Rally
The Dakar rally is surely one of the most popular off-road racing in the world that attracts the very best motor racing names. The rally racing competition was the idea of Thierry Sabine a French die-hard rally racer who stumbled on the idea of a regular rally automobile racing competition in the desert after getting lost in one such desert race. Consequently, in 1977 the Paris-Dakar Rally was birthed and was to stretch from the sands in Paris down to the deserts in the very hot Senegalese capital, Dakar.
The 2020 Dakar Rally was hosted in the Deserts of Saudi Arabia
The race has enjoyed unparalleled success since its first event. However, its original route has been altered over the years mainly as a result of several security challenges and promotional purposes.
The most recent edition, the 2020 Dakar Rally was hosted in the deserts of Saudi Arabia, moving away from the sands of the South Americas, a destination the Rally was moved to from its original Paris-Dakar route.
Dakar Rally is by far one of the most difficult unintended drag racing in the world, attracting hundreds of new amateur racing car drivers annually.
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2. Monaco Grand Prix
The Monaco Grand Prix is surely one of the most famous F1 race held at the Circuit de Monaco, this event is held on the last weekend of May every year since its inception in 1929.
The race is held on the streets of Monaco, on a constricted course beautifully laid out allowing for only the best street racing cars. The race track is seen as one of the most complicated in formula one, comprising of tight corners, a tunnel, and many more.
Although the average speeds recorded in the event are comparatively low, the race track is still regarded as one of the most dangerous and difficult even with the advances in the design of different types of race cars. Often a need for a safety f1 race car always arises. So far this is the only event that doesn't comply with the international automobile federation's rule, of having a minimum race distance of 190 miles for all formula one races.
The first-ever Monaco Grand Prix was held some 90 years ago
Famous drivers of Monaco Grand Prix
Graham Hill, nicknamed Mr. Monaco grabbed the winner's position five times in the 1960s.
Famous Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna has won the Monaco Grand Prix six times, with his first victory coming in 1987, and later bagged the first position consecutively from 1989 - 1993.
One of the most famous race car drivers names remains Michael Schumacher who in 2001 equaled Graham's record with a 5th Monaco win. No driver in the history of this auto racing event has won it more than these men.
Monaco Grand Prix is surely one of the most famous car races in Europe
3. Indianapolis 500
Currently, the world's oldest automobile race still in operation, Indy 500 as it is often called is held every year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) in Speedway, Indiana, United States, since 1911.
The event takes place on the weekend in late May, in honor of the memorial day. It is tenably seen as the fastest automobile racing series in America.
The race demands that drivers make 200 laps anti-clockwise throughout the Indianapolis motor speedway. Winners usually kiss the brick finish line, as the race track was once paved with bricks, the reason why the Indy500 race track is nicknamed the Brickyard.
Famous Drivers of Indianapolis 500
The most flourishing drivers of these events are A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Sr. , and Rick Mears, with each winning the event four times. Hélio Castroneves is currently the active driver with most wins standing at three.
200 laps of racing on the Indianapolis motor speedway
4. Le Mans
The 24 hours Le Mans is one of the oldest active sport race still in operation, the event has been held once every year since 1923, near the city of Le Mans, France. This event alongside the Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix collectively make up what is regarded as the Triple crown of Motorsport.
This event is a little bit unusual compared to other races. The winner is not the driver with the minimum time, but the driver who covers the most distance in 24 hours. This gives rise to the event's nickname, the Grand Prix of endurance and efficiency. As a result of this unique racing style, teams need to find the perfect balance between the clamor for speed and the ability for their car to run for 24 hours without any fault. This definitely is by far one of the most demanding Sportscar racing ever in the history of sports racing.
The world's first 24-hour endurance race
Let the best car win
The race covers a distance of over 3110 miles. A competing vehicle is allowed to have three drivers, this gives them time to rest appropriately. Over time, rules and regulations have been enacted to keep drivers safe as the 24 hours race could be tedious and dangerous. The most successful participator of the event, Dane Tom Kristensen has claimed nine victories, including six in a row.
5. Daytona 500
The Daytona 500 is a well-celebrated NASCAR event, the first race of the year in the sprint cup series organized by NASCAR. The event was first held in 1959 and is one of the most famous car races in the USA. The event takes place at Daytona Beach, Florida, the birthplace of NASCAR.
Since its inauguration, the race has always been held in mid to late February. Occasionally being held on Valentine's day seeing a good number of the drag race car flying across the circuit.
Daytona 500 NASCAR since 1959
So far the Daytona 500 has the highest television ratings of any automobile race in the U.S beating the Indy 500. Although the latter is ahead when it comes to international viewing. In 1981, Richard petty became the highest multiple winner of the event with seven victories spanning three decades.
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6. Bathurst 1000
The 1000 kilometer race is held every year on the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. Bathurst 1000 is generally regarded as the apex of Australian Motorsport, the Bathurst 1000 is widely known as the great race in Australia. The Bathurst 1000 comprises of race tracks made up of public roads, although the elevation makes it very demanding for drivers. The sharp bends and narrow roads increase the challenge. The event's idea first originated with the 1960 Armstrong 500 at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, before being moved to Bathurst in 1963. The event is customarily held on the labor day long weekend, precisely in early October.
The Bathurst 1000 plays out on the Mount Panorama Circuit
Peter Brock is the most successful and most prestigious driver in the history of the Bathurst 1000, amazingly winning the event nine times. Extensively loved by the fans he was named "The King of the Mountain". In 2006, the 61-year-old died in a crash while racing, since then the Bathurst 1000 trophy, has been named the "Peter Brock trophy" in his honor of the latest mountain racing icon.
There you have it, some of the top 5 most followed and most prestigious car racing events across the globe. But before you go trying out any street racing stunts maybe you should have a look at the following video
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|Dakar Rally||First held from France to Dakar, Senegal. Last held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia|
|Monaco Grand Prix||Monaco, France|
|Indy 500||Indiana, United States of America|
|Le Mans||Le Mans, France|
|Daytona 500||Florida, United States of America|
|Bathurst 1000||New South Wales, Australia|