The Differences Between Road Racing and Car Racing
Most of us are familiar with the idea of road racing, which is similar to car racing. The similarities to road racing is the short period of time between the start of the race and the finish.
Road races are usually one mile in length and run on various kinds of tracks; dirt, asphalt, or concrete. Road races are also known as open wheel car races.
The two main differences between road racing and car racing is the speed at which the cars are driven and the equipment used. While most road races will be won by the driver who has the quickest car and the most horsepower, car racing is a combination of both. The equipment needed for the car racing events includes the vehicle to be raced, tires, gas tank and the type of race.
This is not true for open-wheel racing. As long as there is a paved road within driving distance, there is an open-wheel race. But some races are run on public roads as well as on closed roads.
Both road races and car racing use tires, which are in turn used to make use of power. There are rules set forth for each type of car racing.
In simple drag races, the car is run on the street. However, it is an open wheel car that has the higher potential to win the race. In this case, the car on the street will be driven by an amateur racer.
For road race, the racing cars are driven at a higher speed on a paved road, like the same as the track in a road race. The event will be shorter than the road race and there will be less wind resistance because the race is usually run in the afternoon. Another difference is that cars in road races are lighter and therefore more maneuverable than their open-wheel counterparts.
In a road race, each driver will be given four tires with which to race. They must use tires that are similar in weight and can handle the traffic on the street. Sometimes the race is shortened to two or three laps to create better television interest in the event.
Some people who are watching the race will be watching to see if the cars will get too close to the speed limit. It’s also part of the fascination of watching the race is to see who is going to be able to beat the speed limit.
The track used in road racing is wider than the track used in a road race. Therefore, the size of the car is also different. As such, the races are often longer and more exciting because of the additional competition.
It is also important for racers to note that the speed limit is one factor that needs to be taken into consideration when racing, so drivers must keep up with the rules of the race. Those who violate the speed limit will be disqualified and will be forced to start from the back of the starting line.
It should be noted that road races can be fast and can be dangerous for the racers involved. However, they do provide the great opportunity for the race fans to watch the top drivers perform. Some drivers who have been part of these types of road races have gone on to compete in the championship races held on road tracks.