Auto racing has become one of the most popular sports today. It has the second highest television ratings of sport in the US. Today, more drivers get offers to endorse products and be on television commercials, print advertisements, and TV specials. Names like Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jeff Gordon, and Jimmie Johnson are recognized by people who aren’t fans of the sport.
In the 1980s, NASCAR began to be sponsored by Fortune 500 companies, bringing a new prestige to the sport. Over 18 million viewers tune into the Daytona 500 race.
What Makes a Race Car?
While a race car may look like a street car, there are very little similarities between the two. In fact, the differences make the race car unable to be treated like a regular car.
The race car is powerful but it requires the driver to work to maintain control. Unlike a street car, there are no mechanisms to help the car be manageable. The driver is responsible for controlling the car to keep it on the track at fast speeds.
The suspension system on a race car would not make for a comfortable ride out on the street. However, this is ideal for a race driver because it allows them to feel the road conditions to determine the level of traction for the surface and keep from spinning out of control.
Most people expect their cars to last for several years. With a race car, durability is the last thing engine builders think about. They want power and speed and build a strong, lightweight engine that often barely makes it through a single race. They are constantly rebuilding engines for the next race.
Popular Car Models
Chevy has won the most manufacturers’ championships with 27. They relied on the Monte Carlo for many years, but replaced it with the Impala after the Monte Carol was discontinued. They have the best horsepower and performance especially with a Hendricks engine under the hood.
Ford has changed models over the years and used popular choices such as the Thunderbird, Taurus, and the Fusion. Ford race cars are known for their fuel mileage, which means they need to stop and refuel less often than other cars and can give drivers that needed edge.
The Dodge Charger has been a popular choice for drivers for many years. It unveiled a sleek 2013 model with features that allow it stand out from the crowd on the track. Unfortunately, Dodge has announced that it won’t racing with NASCAR next year so fans will just have to remember the old Chargers in their glory days.
Race car drivers such as Scott Tucker would all agree that the race car is the most important component to their ability to win. Choosing the right car make the difference between first place and coming in second. And since much of the design gets translated into the new street models in the future, fans also get excited to see new models unveiled.