Racing has been around for a long time and has become something of a staple in modern culture. Gathering at races is a way to be social not just with friends, but other fans who go to watch their favorite drivers on the track, complete with food, drink, and camaraderie. From amateur to professional, figuring out what racing series are out there can be overwhelming, especially if you’re a new racing fan. Here are three motor races fans need to know.
FIA World Endurance Championship
Endurance racing isn’t just about speed. They’re about pushing the car to the absolute limit, whether it be with treacherous weather or technological extremes. The FIA World Endurance Championship, or WEC, is the most brutal of these endurance races as it features the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The WEC has races for both production-based GT cars, like the Porsche 911, and for prototype hybrid cars, some of which are the most technologically advanced cars in the world.
NASCAR Cup Series
The NASCAR Cup series, formerly known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, is one of the largest spectator sports in America and regarded as the most “stereotypically American of motorsports” due to its unapologetic loudness. The cars that drive in these races are generally heavier and less sophisticated compared to other race cars. This, along with the cars being less aerodynamic, makes the cars harder to control—especially around tight corners—and often leads to crashes when things go wrong.
Blancpain GT World Challenge America
If you’re just in the mood to watch cars going really fast, without many other factors to consider in the race, then the Blancpain GT World Challenge America is perfect for you. The race, formerly known as the Pirelli World Challenge until the 2019 racing season, consists of short sprints with cars that you’re more than likely to see while driving on the road. All cars racing in the World Challenge dare modified production car models, granting the race a variety of car models—from sports supercars like the Ferarri 458 Italia to luxury cars such as the Cadillac ATS-V.