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Car racing is ranked as one of the most popular sports in America, and it has global sponsorships that reach over $5 billion dollars each year. There are different types of car clubs, each with their own car types and fan bases. NASCAR, which stands for The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing is perhaps the most well-recognized. It is American-based and best known for its stock-car racing cars. In addition to the well-known Nascar circuit, there are other types of car racing around the world. Formula One (also known as Formula 1) is the most famous single-seater auto racing class in the world. It is sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). IndyCar is an American-based auto racing sanctioning body that uses open-wheel car racing. There are several other classes as well.

It is easy to see why people love to watch and drive fast cars. It is thrilling and exciting. For those people who want to enter the world of car racing, there are many things they need to keep in mind. To become a professional racecar driver, it takes years of practice and training and superior eye-hand coordination. It also takes a highly tuned level of physical fitness. People train for years to become highly trained enough to race safely and efficiently. The healthier a driver is, the better they will withstand the hot conditions inside the car, the G-Forces, and the strain of driving at almost 200 miles per hour. Unlike other athletes such as football players who get rest periods, racing car drivers have to subsist on very short pit stop breaks, sometimes for as little as 50 seconds, before having to go back onto the track. 

Not everyone is cut out to pursue a career in car racing, but if you are a racing enthusiast and want to try, there are some preventative measures that you should take. 

The first thing you need to do if you want to become a race car driver is to build up a driving resume. This is a highly competitive field, so the more experience you have, the better. A great place to get a beginner experience is on a go-kart track. The great thing about this type of experience is that it’s a safe enough environment to begin training as young as five years old. Then start entering amateur racing competitions. Get as many wins under your belt as possible. Work your way up to regional race wins.

Getting actual exposure is vital. Watch races on TV or visit a local track. Volunteer to work in a pit crew whenever possible. Ask a bunch of questions. Learn the ins and outs of a racecar so you know how they run. Participate in speedway ridealongs if you get the opportunity, so you can feel a real track.