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date: 16 October 2019

motor racing 

A Dictionary of Sports Studies

Alan Tomlinson

A competition between land vehicles that are mechanically propelled and driven over closed-circuit tracks or on specified point-to-point routes. Separate timings are made in competitions where drivers race singly; where competitors race together, the winner is the first to finish the allocated distance, or number of laps of the circuit. Competition began almost as soon as the first petrol-driven car was invented, with timed trials in France in the later 1880s and the 1890s, and organized automobile races in Chicago and the East Coast of the USA in the 1890s. Speed was the great attraction to competitor and spectator alike. In the USA, perhaps the most prominent single motor-racing event has been the Indianapolis 500-mile race, first held in ... ...

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