The main categories of auto racing

Whether you’re new to the sport or a long-time fan, there’s no question that keeping the main categories of auto racing straight can be difficult. So what exactly is a stock car, and how is that different from a production car? Formula racing is the most popular form of car racing right now. Formula race cars are of the single-seat, open-wheeled variety; the wheels are outside the car’s main body. The cars built for these races still resemble stock automobiles but are heavily modified for speed and safety. Popular in the UK, Europe, and Australia, touring car racing utilizes production-derived race cars. As the name implies, production car racing sees unmodified (or very slightly modified) production cars race each other. The most common modifications to these cars are the addition of a protective roll cage and using race tires.

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