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Auto racing (a.k.a. automobile racing or car racing) is a sport where cars compete against one another in a race. Its origins date back to late 19th-century France; the first known race, starting in Paris and ending in Rouen, France, was contested in 1894.

History[]

There were many variations of the sport pre-Doomsday; two of the best-known codes were open-wheel racing and stock car racing. Open-wheel racing's most popular series were the Formula One Series, contested primarily in Europe, and the U.S.-based National Championship, overseen in its final years by the United States Auto Club and Championship Auto Racing Teams. The most famous open-wheel race, the Indianapolis 500, was sanctioned by the USAC.

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) was the dominant stock-car racing series in the U.S., especially in the southeast.

On Doomsday, NASCAR was racing at Martinsville in the Goody's 500 nine hours before the launch, which is southeastern Virginia ATL, meaning drivers who stayed in the area survived DD. Among the survivors were Bobby Allison, Bill Elliott, Benny Parsons and Darrell Waltrip. National Championship drivers were getting ready for their next race two days later at Brooklyn in Michigan, which would sadly be the area between ATL Toledo and Superior that was nuked. Lastly, the Formula One series would've been racing the next day at Brands Hatch in OTL southeastern England, so they survived because that area is ATL Southern England or Essex. Taking the final points standings from the last race, the Italian Grand Prix, Alain Prost was declared champion. All FIA-sanctioned leagues were suspended in December 1983.

Auto racing all but ended after Doomsday. Local series in Brazil and Australia were resumed in the early 1990s. There were two open-wheel circuits contested - in Brazil and in the ANZC - and both are on a limited basis. However, they were successful in terms of fan interest and television ratings, leading to serious talk about resuming the Formula One series as the world's open-wheel series.

In August 2009, officials from the Brazilian and ANZC series joined entrepreneurs from Brazil, the United American Republic, Venezuela, Singapore, Indonesia and the Celtic Alliance in Rio de Janeiro, to formally discuss resumption of the Formula One series. The group decided to form a corporation, called World Open Wheel Racing (WOWR), to advance the sport globally, beginning with an experimential open-wheel series in New England and in Brazil in 2011 using ethanol engines. The WOWR also named Brazilian racing legend Emerson Fittipaldi as its commissioner. The WOWR holds the copyright for Formula One, and announced in March 2010 the formal resumption of the series for 2013, with one date in Australia; one in Mexico City; and the remaining dates in South America. Long-term plans include races in Japan, Singapore, Europe and Texas.

Stock car racing has resumed on a limited basis as well, with series in Mexico and the ANZC run by American refugees (neither series has taken off, due in part to restrictions on fuel usage by government officials looking to conserve oil). Mexican observers in the newly discovered American survivor states of Blue Ridge and Piedmont report that stock car racing has been contested off and on for the past several years. The Virginian military has held races (along with other sports) to keep up their morale. The ticket sales are one of the biggest sources of income for the Virginian military. The Virginians have restarted the Winston Cup, which was reinvented as a Le Mans-style endurance race. The race starts in Martinsville, East Virginia and ends in Cape Girardeau. Spectators have described the race as a "modern day Carrera Panamericana".

Present Day[]

As of the present day, motorsports is well and truly back. Many car companies have begun to reuse the old advertising tactic of 'Win on Sunday, sell on Monday'(referring to the fact if, for example, a Ford won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the average man might be compelled to buy a Ford as it has race cred), and as a result, manufacturer involvement in motorsports is massive. In 2006, over 150 motorsport clubs throughout the world reformed the Federation Internationale de Automobile(FIA), the world motorsport governing body. Since then, five distinct classes of racing have been resumed internationally.

Formula One[]

Formula One was restarted in 2013 by a group of investors who owned the rights to Formula 1, and who had created a company, the World Open Wheel Racing association. Intending to replace the Formula Pacific, America and Europe series, they had signed up ten constructors to a series covering the ANZC, Central and South America and Asia. Throughout the 2010s races in Europe and North America were organised, and eventually the Middle East became a major market, with a street race in Jeddah planned for 2022.

List of champions since resumption:

  • 2013: Mark Reynard, ANZC(Brabham Red Bull)
  • 2014: Felipe Massa, Brazil(Williams)
  • 2015: Stefan Riedl, Prussia(Ferrari)
  • 2016: Markus Heusen, Rhineland Federation(Mercedes-Tyrrell)
  • 2017: Eric Wilson, Essex(McLaren)
  • 2018: Kimi Raikkonen, Finland(McLaren)
  • 2019: Charles Leclerc, Monaco(Ferrari)
  • 2020: Eric Wilson, Essex(Mercedes-Tyrrell)
  • 2021: Gérard Helary, Burgundy(Brabham-RB)

Stock Car Racing[]

After Doomsday, NASCAR, which had barely survived the horrors of Miami(Daytona Beach was severely affected by fallout), elected to suspend the Winston Cup, and drawing from the results of the Goody’s 500 at Martinsville, held on the 'eve of destruction'(as the old Barry McGuire song goes), declared Bobby Allison(who had survived the attacks, along with the rest of the Alabama Gang) champion.

However, American immigrants in Mexico and the ANZC restarted the sport in the 1990s. Various ovals were constructed, but due to pure petrol rationing neither series has reached its predecessor’s success, although attendance is reported as being 'healthy'. Most teams use local cars, such as Holdens and Fords in Australia and Chevrolets in Mexico.

In the American survivor states, stock car racing has resumed under the Winston Cup banner, and is based in the newly-refurbished Daytona International Speedway, in the Republic of Florida. However, the series has evolved massively. Now, cars from all over the world enter every year, and in Virginia, to partner the Martinsville race on Memorial Day(Sep. 26), a Carrera-Panamericana style endurance race is held, open to all cars, not just Winston Cup cars. The race begins in Martinsville and ends in Cape Girardeau, in the CGAZ(Cape Girardeau Autonomous Zone), in Kentucky.

Rallying[]

Much like touring car racing, road rallying was one of the first organised motorsports to return. In the 1990s, various rally enthusiasts in the Celtic Alliance, Portugal, Alpine Confederation, Monaco and the ANZC began to modify pre-war cars to go rallying. Eventually, in the 2000s, these rallies became more organised and, in 2012, the World Rally Championship was resumed, to an evolution of the pre-war Group B regulations: Group B2. These regulations allowed 4WD, but special prototypes were banned and cars had to be based on real cars that the average man could buy, and the manufacturer had to have built 2,000 cars to be eligible.

Since then, rallying has returned to its former glory. Currently MG(Metro TR), Opel(Calibra 4X4), Ford(Escort RS2000), Holden(Astra HSV), Peugeot(306 GT4), Renault(Clio RS4), Seat(Ibiza TS4), Audi(80 Coupe B3 quattro) and Volkswagen(Golf GTi4) compete for the World Championship for Manufacturers and the World Championship for Drivers.

Touring car racing[]

Alongside rallying, the first of the motorsports to return was saloon car racing. Initially only South America and the ANZC had developed national series, but as auto production restarted in the 2000s more European and American countries began national touring car series. In America, the Trans American Production Car Championship, based out of Lime Rock Park in Vermont, uses muscle cars from Ford, GM and Dodge, with strict limits on engine and bodywork modifications. This has given rise to homologation specials, e.g. Chevrolet Camaro Firenza, Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTX, Dodge 440, Ford Mustang Boss II.

Over in Europe, the various survivor states in the British Isles formed the British Isles Touring Car Championship in 2009. The series is open to all entrants from the Celtic Alliance, Essex, Cleveland, Newolland, East Britain, Northumbria, Woodbridge and Lancaster. The series uses FIA Super Touring regulations, which use normal production body shells with race two litres engines, rollcage and with aero modifications allowed.

Endurance racing[]

The last of the motorsports to return was endurance racing. In 2012, the FIA announced that they were aiming to resume the World Sportscar Championship, the premier endurance racing championship. But what really got people excited was the return of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Since 1999, the circuit had only hosted small, local touring car races, and now the prototypes would once again be barrelling along the 6km-long Mulsanne Straight at over 230mph.

Nowadays, the popularity of endurance racing has boomed again, and Jaguar, a revived Porsche, Peugeot, Bentley, Ford and Pontiac have built cars according to Group C regulations. For 2023, new LMGTP regulations will come into effect, meaning the end of the crazy Group C prototypes.

List of auto racing tracks[]

South America[]

Argentina[]

  • Autodromo Oscar Galvez, Buenos Aires
  • Autodromo General San Martin, Comodoro Rivadavia
  • Autodromo General San Martin de Mendoza, Mendoza

Brazil[]

  • Autodromo Internacional Jacarepagua, Rio de Janeiro
  • Autodromo Carlos Pace Interlagos, Sao Paolo
  • Autodromo Internacional de Brasilia, Brasilia
  • Autodromo Internacional de Goiânia, Goiânia
  • Autodromo de Tarumã, Porto Alegre

North America[]

Alabama[]

  • Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega

Blue Ridge[]

  • Hickory Motor Speedway, Hickory
  • North Wilkesboro Speedway, Wilkesboro

California[]

  • Sears Point Raceway, Sears Point

Canada[]

  • Circuit de Mont Tremblant, Mont-Tremblant, QC

Commonwealth of Susquehanna[]

  • Pocono Raceway, Long Pond

East Tennesse[]

  • Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol

Mexico[]

  • Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City
  • Autodromo Monterrey, Monterrey

Outer Lands[]

  • Bridgehampton Raceway, Noyack

Piedmont Republic[]

  • Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Easley

Republic of New York[]

  • Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen

Republic of Florida[]

  • Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach
  • Sebring International Raceway, Sebring

Toledo[]

  • Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington

Vermont[]

  • Lime Rock Park, Salisbury
  • Bryar Motorsports Park, Loudon

Victoria[]

  • Pacific Raceways, Covington

Virginia[]

  • Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville
  • Summit Point Raceway, Wadesville
  • VIR, Danville

Wisconsin[]

  • Road America, Elkhart Lake

Europe[]

Alpine Confederation[]

  • Osterreichring, Spielberg, Austria
  • Salzburgring, Salzburg, Austria
  • Autodromo Internationale Monza, Monza
  • Autodromo Internationale Dino Ferrari, Imola, Emilia Romagna

Auvergne[]

  • Circuit de Clermont-Ferrand, Clermont-Ferrand
  • Circuit Jean Behra, Nevers

Burgundy Republic[]

  • Circuit de Dijon-Prenois, Prenois

Celtic Alliance[]

  • Mondello Park, Naas
  • Kirkistown, Portavogie
  • Knockhill, Dunfermline
  • Thruxton, Andover
  • Oulton Park, Taporley

Cleveland[]

  • Croft Circuit, Dalton on Tees

Denmark[]

  • Jyllandsringen, Silkeborg

Essex[]

  • Brands Hatch, Swanley

Euskadi[]

  • Pau Street Circuit, Pau
  • Circuit Paul Armagnac, Nogaro

Finland[]

  • Ahvenisto, Hämeenlinna

Luxembourg[]

  • Spa-Francorchamps, Malmedy

Monaco[]

  • Circuit de Monte Carlo, Monaco

Newolland[]

  • Silverstone Circuit, Towcester
  • Donington Park, Castle Donington

Portugal[]

  • Circuito do Estoril, Estoril(undergoing restoration)

Prussia[]

  • AVUS, Berlin

Rhineland Federation[]

  • Hockenheimring, Hockenheim
  • Nurburgring, Nurburg

San Marino[]

  • Circuit de Misano, Rimini

Sicily[]

  • Autodromo Enna Pergusa, Pergusa
  • Autodromo Vallelunga, Settevene

Southern England[]

  • Goodwood Autodrome, Chicester

Sweden[]

  • Karlskoga Motorstadion, Gälleråsen
  • Anderstorp Circuit, Anderstorp
  • Falkenberg Racetrack, Bergagård
  • Kinnekulle Ring, Sandtorp
  • Ring Knutstorp, Kågeröd
  • Mantorp Park, Mantorp

Tuscany[]

  • Autodromo del Mugello, Scarpiera e San Piero
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