5 Most Renowned Car Races in the World

The first car racing event was held in Paris more than one hundred years ago, with the record speed of 22 km per hour. Today car races draw thousands of spectators and participants, the winners are considered heroes and the speeds are of a sky rocket.

Firebirdraceway The Dakar Rally
The Dakar Rally

This is no doubt the most challenging race of all and is definitely isn't for weak-hearted. This three-week race covers 7000 miles, with half the track run at competitive speeds. In the history of racing it is also the most brutal one. There is a saying 'to finish first, you must first finish' and it is meant for severe Dakar track, as each year at least one participant fails to finish this race alive. Often racers can be stranded for days in the middle of the desert and in despair would even burn their cars trying to call for help. Despite such high risks of injury and even death, treacherous conditions and severe competition, thousands of fear-free participants venture Dakar Rally each year to test their skills and luck and experience the thrill of coming to finish alive.

Firebirdraceway The 24 Hours of Le Mans The 24 Hours of Le Mans

This legendary race takes place in Le Mans, France, each year since 1923 (except years 1940-1948 when the race was cancelled because of the World War II). Words lack to describe the race which, in fact, is the world's oldest car endurance race. Since the inception of professional racing, many races have been altered and modernized to become safer and more controlled, but not 24 Hours of Le Mans. Once the team of three hits the track, which is a deserted, uncivilized 8.47-mile circuit, the 24-hour race begins. The Le Mans has been known as an ultimate test for not only the skills of the racer but also advanced racing technology on the track.

Firebirdraceway Monaco Grand Prix Monaco Grand Prix

All racing fans revere Formula One race as the most popular of all. Winning Formula One is the greatest achievement for any racer. The true jewel of Formula 1, Monaco Grand Prix is the toughest F1 race as race car drivers should possess unmatched driving skills and precision to drive at a lightning speed on the Monaco race track which is nothing less than a death row. Featuring run-off areas the track is a narrow circuit that turns into a dangerous tunnel, with twists and drastic elevation changes. The ultimate challenge for every racer, Monaco is the deadly race where the best driver, not the best car wins.

Firebirdraceway Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis 500

The Indianapolis 500 is held annually at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana, the USA. The event which is part of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the top level of American Championship Car racing, is held on Memorial Day weekend. Referred to as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the Indi 500 is part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, the most prestigious motorsports event in the world, with the permanent seating capacity of over 250,000. The first Indianapolis 500 that took place in 1911 was won by Ray Harroun. The race celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011. The most successful drivers are A. J. Foyt, Al Unser, and Rick Mears, each of whom have won the race four times.

Macau Grand Prix

Firebirdraceway Macau Grand PrixThe most renowned motor-racing event in Asia, the Macau Grand Prix is held annually in Macau, China. It is really unique as it is the only street circuit racing event in which both car and motorcycle drivers compete at the same time. The circuit is rather challenging, with fast straights where a racing car can reach 275 km/h, tight corners and crash barriers. The Macau is held each November drawing hundreds of racing drivers and riders to compete in different categories, such as motorbikes, single-seaters, touring cars and others. Among the famous winners who have won this prestigious prize are Michael Schumacher, Riccardo Patrese, David Coulthard, Ayrton Senna, Takuma Sato, to mention just a few. This racing event not only evokes interest in car racing ports but also fuels the development of car making industry in Asia.