What it’s like to own a race car

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America is addicted to fast cars and speed racing. The fans of NASCAR prove it. The love for the Fast & Furious series proves it. The numerous racing video games prove it. The adrenaline you get from the mere thought of a race car proves it. We enjoy racing because of our subconscious desire to cross boundaries, to be reckless, to set records. Who doesn’t find excitement in that?


Race Car Owners

Being a racer is expensive. So much in racing is down to the equipment. And raising the money you need to race for a season is the biggest challenge for anyone who wants a career in motor racing. You may have heard the old joke, “How do you make a small fortune in racing? Start with a large one.” It’s all about how much you truly want it. If this is your passion, money is only the tool, and sooner or later you will find it. This is exactly why once you get your hands on a race car, you praise and protect it with your whole heart.

Exactly because racers invest so much in their race cars, they expect the same from professionals in the auto industry, too. Whether they work with an engineer, mechanic, or car wash person, they expect the highest level of service. This is why businesses who provide white glove service will be the ones to stand out in the eyes of a racer.

Race car owners take special care of their prized possessions. Quite often they even design and build them up themselves. It might take months, even years, but the satisfaction from a completed project is unmatched. There are classics fans who enjoy the hunt of finding an old race car, too. They would start working on it and patiently bring it back to life.

Taking care of new race cars can turn out to be quite challenging, too. The race car models usually have new and modern technology that automotive brands do not use in other models. This makes the maintenance even harder – you have to be very careful how you test and use this technology. You might soon see it in your sedan as well.

Shipping your car to the next race 

You don’t think of the people who transport the cars to the races unless you own a race car yourself. Usually, the transport is not the most exciting part of the races, is it? Yet, it is one of the most important ones. If your car doesn’t make it to the location of the race, would you be able to race at all? Similarly to the people who drive the NASCAR haulers, many of the transporters remain unnoticed. However, we’d like to look at the shipping process as part of the whole race.

The people you hire to transport your race car are also part of your team.


If you don’t have the right people on your team, your race is doomed. You need to look for an auto transport company who will take care of your race car as if they were the ones to do the race.

The construction of every car is very important and this is why it’s crucial you find a carrier that would guarantee maximum security for your vehicle. We recommend enclosed auto transport due to the lower risks of damage. Enclosed trailers are fully covered, similar to a cargo trailer, and completely shield the vehicle. The enclosed carrier protects your vehicle from road debris or weather elements. Inside, the frame consists of special ramps for vehicle loading and unloading. Most enclosed trailers have hydraulic ramps to hold vehicles horizontally while loading. Such ramps also enable easy loading of low ground clearance vehicles.

Preparation for transport is also a crucial step in the process. Before the shipping date, make sure you have removed all personal belongings out of the car. Disable all car alarms or make sure you have given instructions to the car transport company how to disconnect the alarm in case it goes off. Don’t forget to verify the car shipping insurance. Ask the auto transport company about the extent of their insurance policy and request a copy of the insurance certificate. At delivery, always check the car carefully. You don’t want to deal with any unreported damages right before the race!

The passion for racing

Racing gives people various notions. From adrenaline to masculinity, to self-development. Everyone who owns a race car probably has experienced all of these. Speed has been tied up with masculinity for a lot of young males. In the south, and especially in southern California, to make a car go fast and to be able to control it has been considered a sign of masculinity. Others see racing as a way to better their mental capabilities. The moment they step inside a race car they reach a new level of consciousness. One that opens their senses and sharpens their awareness. As CNN journalist Brian Donovan says, “Motor racing can put a driver into a mental zone where adrenalin combined with deep concentration brings about a profound altered state”.

Yet, many people think racing is nothing more exciting than driving at 75mph on the highway. It’s nothing like that. Not only because of the speed but mainly because of the car. When you are racing, you are behind the wheel of a machine that’s built to test the very limits of physics. Not your regular Subaru or Toyota. Going fast is definitely a crucial aspect to being successful as a driver, but the real art of the sport is in the preparation. All the work necessary to get a car and a driver ready to move at speeds of up to 200 mph for several hours is what makes every little success so sweet.

Celebrities in racing 

There are celebrities who also share the passion for racing. The adrenaline rush and the freedom one feels behind the wheel are truly addictive feelings. Many actors and athletes start loving race cars from the very first moment they get in. Soon they start raving in amateur events but only a few of them manage to go beyond this level. It’s hard for celebrities to earn a good name in racing because they are not celebrities on the track. They have to work hard to prove everyone they are good at driving. They are never alone but rather a part of a team. This is why racing feels like a romantic escape from all the attention they get in their lives.

Probably the most famous celebrity racer of all times was the actor Paul Newman. Even though he started racing in his late 40s, he quickly found his place among the top 25% of the best drivers. As he had previously said, he loved racing because in racing, unlike acting, the definition of “good” is not a murky matter of opinion. He raced well into his 80s and even had a special edition R30 Skyline named after him.

Other celebrity racers include Steve McQueen, Jackie Cooper, Patrick Dempsey, and Rowan Atkinson. Yes, even though Mr. Bean is gone, Mr. Atkinson is still active behind the wheel. Atkinson holds several classes of commercial and racing licenses. Despite that, he’s been lately best known among car guys for brutally crashing his nearly priceless McLaren F1. Twice.

Types of race cars & races 

To the majority of people, race cars are all the same. Those super fast cars that run in circles and you barely see on the track. Yeah, well, a true race fan would know that there are a number of different races in the USA, each of them with different types of race cars. Here are the top three races in the USA.

 NASCAR

NASCAR is the most iconic American race sport. The race has always been side by side to NFL in terms of viewership rates. There are three national divisions of NASCAR races. The most popular is the NASCAR Most Energy Cup Series. It is also the highest level of professional competition. Besides the race cars, the events also feature at-track entertainment for fans, including attractions such as freestyle motocross exhibitions, the Ball of Steel and the Monster Girls. The Xfinity Series is the second-highest level of professional competition. Its season is usually a few races shorter than that of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and the prize money is significantly lower. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is the third of the national divisions and it features modified pickup trucks.

All NASCAR cars are front-engine rear-wheel-drive stock cars. The steel on top is always artfully decorated while the material underneath remains somewhat old-school with a tubular spaceframe chassis and roll cage. This is why the race is very appealing to adults from Generation X. somehow, millennials are not that much into NASCAR anymore which leads to new viewership challenges for the race.

If you are not a Nascar fan, you are probably a Formula 1 junkie.


 Formula 1

Formula One is quite different from NASCAR. It is the most expensive form of auto racing in the world. Teams have annual budgets of over several hundred million dollars. Some would consider F1 to be the most prestigious race, too. The race always takes place in some exotic locations like Monaco, Bahrain, and Singapore to name a few. This is another reason why the race attracts a high number of celebrities. The F1 cars are single-seat open-wheel racers constructed almost completely from carbon fiber. Some of the auto brands that are present with their race cars on F1 include Ferrari, McLaren, and Mercedes-AMG. There have been cases when their speed was over 240mph, but this is not so common. The average speed is usually half of this due to the twisty courses. Unlike NASCAR, which races predominantly on ovals tracks, the F1 calendar strictly consists of purpose-built road courses or temporary street circuits.

 IndyCar 

This is the fastest race type in the USA. The cars are the same as in Formula 1 but they don’t have to be redesigned and rebuilt every year. This is why the budgets are also quite lower. The race includes courses of different types – high-speed ovals, temporary street circuits, and road courses. When driving on ovals, the cars can go with over 230 mph. If you want to see an IndyCar race soon, you’ll have your chance in April. The Phoenix Grand Prix, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, and Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

 

Which of these races do you watch? Do you know someone who competes in them? Someone who takes part in amateur races? Share your stories with us. If you need to transport your race car, contact our logistics experts and request a shipping quote. We are more than happy to share the adrenaline with you!

 

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About the Author:

Dilyana Dobrinova is a nature & travel enthusiast. With a heart for books, scarves and vintage. Dilyana feels most inspired with a cup of tea in her hand and mellow jazz in the background. She holds an M.A. in International Marketing Management from the Berlin School of Economics and Law in Germany, and two B.As. in Journalism & Mass Communication and Business Administration.
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