As car lovers, we need to be informed about the latest developments in mechanics. Not just about car mechanics, but the mechanics of various devices given that almost everything can later find its way into automobiles. For instance, I’ve been reading CleanBreathing on air purifiers and how they work, because car air purifiers are becoming more popular every day. And not just devices such as these. GPS devices, tablets, phone chargers…it seems that nowadays everything is smart.

The new self-controlling cars are also a challenge for car lovers. They have powerful batteries that are used for running the car. How these really strong batteries are connected to the rest of the mechanical pieces is really interesting for auto mechanics. Software and hardware functioning harmoniously in four wheels. People can’t wait to get and try one of these super exciting cars. The reparations of these cars are provided by the manufacturer, but it’s a question of time when these cars will be produced in such quantities that passionate car lovers such as ourselves will have the pleasure to look inside and see how they work. It’s also just a matter of time when these cars will start dominating speedway racing. It will be difficult to say goodbye to oil and the old combustion motors (or will it?). 

Anyways, the sweet old basic car mechanics. I almost feel nostalgic about the most important piece of mechanical cars, the car engine. The internal combustion engine, for example, has got its name because fuel, air, and electricity combust under pressure and create the energy necessary to move something as heavy as a car.

The combustion happens in a combustion chamber where all the small explosions happen. The chamber consists of pistons that move up and down the chamber. There’s the cylinder, which is basically the wall of the chamber, and the cylinder head, which serves as the ceiling of the combustion chamber. When the explosion happens and the pistons move up and down, the crankshaft which is connected to the pistons also moves. The crankshaft is connected with a camshaft through a belt. The camshaft extends on the top part of the engine and controls the intake and the outtake valves. Intake valves bring air and fuel into the combustion chamber and outtake valves release the drains produced after the combustion. It’s all existing explosions and moving parts. No software, just plain old mechanics. I really love them.  

My neighbor has a son. One afternoon, he came trotting over. I was watching a race—no surprise, but for him, I would turn away for a brief moment or two. He’s a nice kid and his dad had asked him to wash the car for the first time. It seems to be a rite of passage in some households. I don’t recall when I first learned the ropes, but I certainly did my share of auto grooming over the years. It was a family affair, and at the minimum a bonding experience. I am sure my neighbor had something very similar in mind.

So I let him in and he took a seat to watch TV along with me. Between races and ads, and a handful of pretzels, I somehow managed to tell him about my youthful endeavors with a bucket and a sponge. We didn’t use expensive power washers, like these, back then. My dad preferred the hands-on touch—do it yourself all the way. I don’t know why an electric device didn’t qualify, but I think he didn’t want the event to be over too soon. He wanted to talk, spend time, and tell some stories, you know the drill.

I told the kid that there is a definite preferred procedure to follow and care must be taken, no matter the age or condition of the car. You have to respect the surface and bring it back to its best possible state. I didn’t go into the power washer stuff. He was too young to get it. (Someday, he would.) By then he probably will have bought a nice portable job with multiple nozzles and brushes. But for now, he was going to follow in the footsteps of many a young son and squeeze sudsy water as millions have done in the past.

“Oh, it’s an art all right.” I crooned. “You have to have the right mild detergent and a big giant sponge—nice and clean. You have to watch for tiny pieces of grit that might scratch and mar the surface of the vehicle. Windex is the final touch at the end. Meanwhile, you can use circular motions until you have covered the whole territory and any caked on areas have loosened up. You do the same with more fervor on the wheels and rims. Hubcaps are another story. Major elbow grease may be in order during buffing. Rinsing is easy and fun on a hot day. I wouldn’t do this in the winter. It’s even worth coughing up part of your allowance to go to the local carwash. Most kids would agree.

Advice in hand, the boy left and I proceeded to follow the rest of the events of the race day. The following day, he popped over unexpectedly. “It was great,” he beamed. “I did what you told me and dad said it was the best carwash ever.” He was so proud. “Can’t wait ‘til next week. You want to come?” I laughed and nodded. I was glad I could participate in this important rite of passage.

Yikes! Summer is so intense. That darned sun blasts down on the focused crowd at the tract causing rivers of sweat to descend on their upturned eager faces. They are watching the race unfold as they wipe beads of dew from their brows. Not to be deterred from their NASCAR obsession, they put up with the weather and the enveloping heat. They sip iced drinks and try not to move too much.

Diehard fans go summer, fall, winter, and spring. They don’t let a little warmth deter them, or for that matter a little rain or snow. You know who you are. It’s all about the race. But when it heats up, it may be time for a little cool down. In between the action, it would be nice to have some ceiling fans and misters around the track in strategic places like mini rest areas. It would be hard to do this everywhere, but people need a quick respite, and a few minutes under a cool breeze would do the job.

I suppose some giant whirring non-stop fans would be in order, mounted in the ceilings here and there or free standing. Maybe they could check out some of these ceiling fan reviews and get some cooling happening. Some of them are pretty powerful when on full blast like the ones with streamers in the front flapping in the wind. They would have to be near safe electrical outlets and cords would not likely be displayed in case of tripping as excitement builds. They would have to be well out of the way of rambunctious kids. Heavy enough not to tip over and big enough to have an impact, such fans could save the day for those on the verge of a fainting spell.

It probably sounds nuts, and on those sweltering 100 degree plus days you should probably just stay home under your own little version of a cooling fan. You would have a cold beer in hand and a bowl of popcorn or nuts on the coffee table. With your feet propped up comfortably, you are quite content to be safely indoors. You get close up views, replays, and breaks to get major food.

This is not the case for all NASCAR fans, however. They brave the climate, whatever it is, and get out there and support their guys. Forget the harsh elements—those striking rays that beat down on your unprotected head. So get a logo cap and a moist toilette or two. I am not advocating sun stroke mind you, just a few necessary precautions. Let the kinds find shelter and use sunscreen on everyone! If you are vigilant, you will survive.

There is nothing as exciting as a live NASCAR race anytime of the year. Keeping cool is a tactic to employ so be clever and take ample care. You will enjoy it more if you are not fidgeting and frustrated. Ice goes a long way. Wear dark glasses and you will avoid glare. You don’t want to miss a second (and it comes down to that) of the action.

There are some uses for a portable generator you can’t imagine beyond wilderness camping and an RV on the road. Consider the following scenario.

A NASCAR fanatic won’t miss a race unless he is dying. If you can’t be there, you make do with televised programs like most fans. You always make sure a TV is accessible. But there is nothing like a front seat at the track. In fact, if you are lucky enough to be present in the flesh, you will no doubt join the happy tailgaters who are known to party and camp with gusto and glee. I have heard about and seen it all.

Food and beer are in abundance before the big race. Tasty victuals are required—from the basic BBQ to gourmet picnics. Racetrack parking lots are overflowing venues for festivities that can get pretty wild. RVs, small campers, tents, vans, are loaded with diehard fans. I am in the midst of acres upon acres of guzzling fans upon many occasions. Talladega Superspeedway is my home away from home. I have photos to prove it.

Some places are even family-friendly. The kids expect raucous but sometimes get less. Sonoma Raceway gets some eco types and health nuts with their carafes of white wine. Midwesterners flock to Michigan’s MIS while Bristol Motor Speedway gets wild Tennessee crowd. In some places, there is a great sense of camaraderie and community. If you want to watch qualifying events on TV powered by a neighbor’s generator, by all means do so.

Speaking of generators, I remember one time when I was too far gone to move a muscle. The TV was a lifesaver. My cohort that day brought with him a the best portable generator I’d ever seen as a possible backup for on air information sources. I was truly grateful for the foresight. After that, I went out a bought one for myself. I can take it anywhere on the circuit—TMS to Las Vegas Motor Speedway and any place in between. If you didn’t gamble enough in the hotbed of risk, make your way to Dover in NC with the convenient adjacent casino.

Tailgating is an art and much more than a mere NASCAR pastime. It is a ritual, a rite of passage, and a necessary evil. What is life without a trip to Daytona? The spirit of fun is contagious. Put it on your bucket list. My generator goes with me there too. It remains in the van in any case as I am often on the road. I may not make it as far as New Hampshire, but I do get to Darlington often, and I strive to visit them all at least once. What about you?

This blog has turned into a paean to speedways, and most importantly, the picturesque proceedings before the races. I bet you have a good story to tell. Tailgating is how we give NASCAR its due. It is a sport of celebration in itself and a group joy. We go into it with spirit and come out elated.

There’s no doubt that I’d rather get behind a wheel and race anything else. If I can’t be racing, then being at a race in person is the next best thing. If I can’t be doing that, then having a get together at the home to watch the big race for that weekend is still a satisfactory third option. I know a lot of people who love to have a barbecue or go to a sports bar or pub to have a good time, but I’m pretty sure I’ve got them all beat!

You see, I get some snacks together. We fire up the 51” TV. Then we light the fireplace and let the magic begin. I like to call this “firegating.”

In Many Ways, Firegating Beats Tailgating By a Mile 

Going to a race is awesome, but the tailgating experience can be hit or miss. Some venues don’t even allow it. For those that do, you’re often restricted by the types of food you can bring. Most places don’t allow any grilling whatsoever! I get the safety concerns, but who wants to eat cold cuts, coleslaw, and Jell-o when you could have hot wings, burgers, and fries?

There’s also the issue of having those rogue fools who don’t respect anyone’s space coming your way. Throwing a football is great, but at least have the ability to catch it instead of allowing your ball to hit my truck!

With firegating, there aren’t any of this problems at all. If people want to toss the pigskin around before the race, they can head out into the backyard. I can grill outside or broil inside without an issue. We can gather around the television, with the support of the fireplace, and have a pretty awesome time. If you could take firegating with you to the track, that would be awesome!

NASCAR by the fire equals awesomeness as well.

Why Light the Fireplace For the Race?

Firegating, just like tailgating, is all about the atmosphere first. You can have a beer, something harder if you want, your favorite eats, and just have a good time. That’s what the fireplace helps people do because it instantly puts everyone at ease. It’s like the ultimate icebreaker – instead of playing some lame, cheesy game, people can talk NASCAR, F1, or their favorite series, have good grub, and a better time.

I probably have the best wood stove in my group of my friends, and having a quality fireplace is the key to firegating. You’ve also got to have enough supplies to go around. If you run out of chips, beer, or soda, you’re going to lose people. If you let the fire go out, you’re also going to lose people! For the best firegating experience in your home, I recommend having plenty of everything on hand.

After all, if you have too much, then you’re just ready for another NASCAR firegating experience! Now if only I can encourage racing officials to have portable fireplaces in parking lots for us to enjoy and the world will be a better place…

There is a speedway in the deep South bordered by acres of open raw land. However, on one side is a property populated by a few random structures. One is a kind of large wooden shed. I was hours early to a race one fine day, my young nephew in tow. He is a bit rambunctious and a dedicated explorer, so it was not surprising that he spotted the shed right out of the box and wandered over instantly for a closer view.

Without an ability to stop the swift boy, I soon witnessed him scale the chain link fence and was already on the other side when I cautioned him to wait for me. I was a bit slower in my efforts, but at last we stood together before the structure hand in hand. I had to restrain him at first.

I was leery of the ramshackle shed. It was so dilapidated and moth-eaten. Holes popped out here and there on the exterior, and the roof sagged on one side. Why would anyone even keep such an eyesore? Of what use could it be? The door creaked as we nudged it gently, fearing it would fall at our first touch. It didn’t. It was dark inside until we propped open the door with a large stone found lying nearby.

Our eyes adjusted to the lack of light. Typical for a boy or a man, we were anxious to root around for discoveries. What did we expect? Dead bodies! Stacks of old tires? Better yet, we found three shiny new motorcycles chained to a post. It wasn’t exactly a secure beam. Termites had gotten to it long before, as they had to most of the wood inside and out the shed. Obviously it was abandoned and while the owners of the shed hadn’t invested in termite treatment, but perhaps they had abandoned it so long ago that they didn’t even realise that it had almost been completely eaten hollow by these pests. You could see gouges, the paper thin wood, and full exposure to the elements.

The bikes were stunning. They looked ready to roar if we had the ability and the drive. Closer we drew to the metal monoliths. I spotted a large red tag on one, then the others. They were the property of a local dealer in the city we had passed through on the way to the track. Stolen goods!!! I had to assume with the prices still attached, they couldn’t be someone’s actual possessions.

Cell phone magic. The police came within minutes and matched the goods to recent reports of stolen merchandise. Quick and easy. Now they had to arrest the owners. We didn’t want to be identified as the ratting culprits and were off as soon as the police allowed us to leave.

We followed up the next day, however, to find out that two derelicts were living on the premises in secret, kind of like unofficial squatters. They had misappropriated the motorcycles a week earlier. Perhaps they had visions of Easy Rider, but their dreams were now nipped in the bud. There is that lure of the open road I suppose, but you have to do it the right way I told my nephew. I winked at him with a wry smile. He understood.

Just mention NASCAR and the pulse races, the heart beats loudly, and the ears prick up to hear any snippet of information. To be there in person would be the ultimate experience. I have thought about it, but it’s far away to be making any immediate plans. You can still be a fan in spirit even if you never attend. It is a kind of mania for me and my friends. Right now, the TV will have to do. I like to sit, relax with the feet up, and indulge in my passion. But after so many years, how to make it special? Some great food and a few extra sofa pillows will help. It has to be an event, a kind of indoor compromise to the real thing. Like a tail gate party and precursor event.

I remember one time a few years back when I got a bit overwrought about it and decided to pretend we were really there. I had pennants and posters, newspapers strewn with articles about featuring the racers. Loads of photos of great cars and highlights of past years including interviews and recollections. It was a pretty good simulation but not outdoors enough in reality. I opened the doors and windows and dressed as I would at the track. So did my willing friends, God love ‘em.

John brought a very cool backpack (literally). It had a built in insulated zone – I thought that was pretty clever. He looked like he had just walked all the way from our hometown to the track—no matter the ocean in between! As we got the room ready and were mentally set for the first race, he pulled out a six-pack still cold as ice. That went down easy. He also extracted a bag of chips and some nuts. What else was in there!

Harve came in a half-hour later, wearing a picnic backpack. What! It, too, had pretzels, beer, and microwave popcorn, and more. Not a minute later Greg shows up with his version of a denim oversized bag laden with candy and other munchies. Was this a conspiracy? Actually yes. The guys had gotten together on the phone to amuse me with the camping vibe and it worked. We had a good laugh and a great time—one of the best. This kind of camaraderie is invaluable. It binds us like the tight group that we are and defines us as mates.

I wanted to repeat it years later but you can never copy perfectly a good time. It is in the air, a rare moment never to return but that lasts in the memory for life. That’s my buddies. We are in sync and on track together. NASCAR is our defining interest, however, among other assorted mutual interests. We like any excuse to get together, let loose, and whoop it up. We can manufacture it if we have to. With the race, it is already part of the joy of life. Whenever a winning drive comes our way, we are there with autograph books in hand (or some form of them) and smiling faces.

For over a decade, Buddy Lazier has been a professional racer who has made an impact at the Indy 500. He won the race in 1996 and has four other Top 5 finishes. He also won the IndyCar Series championship in 2000. This year he raced in his 18th race at the age of 46, but finished in 32nd place overall. Sponsored by Delta Faucets over the years in a distinctive purple car – one of the Finest Faucets that you can get for your kitchen, racing might be in his Lazier’s vision 24/7, but he’s more concerned about the vision of his daughter than he is with racing.

You see, Lazier’s daughter Jacqueline doesn’t have any sight in her right eye. She was born with Aniridia, which means she doesn’t have an iris in her eyes. Without the iris, it makes it difficult for her to focus on objects, increases her overall sensitivity to light, and puts her at risk for other eye conditions that aren’t normally seen until older ages.

Lazier loves to race… but he uses his racing as a means of getting his daughter the help she needs.

That’s What Brought About a Change 

If you watched the 2014 Indy 500, then you likely saw the decals on Lazier’s car supported a vision institute from the University of Iowa. The whole point is to give this institute the public support it needs to develop advances in medical science that will promote vision. Even though Lazier readily admits that his daughter hasn’t benefited from the research as of yet, he has full confidence that one day his daughter will get to experience the benefits of their research.

Lazier isn’t the only one supporting this research in a big way. Steve Wynn, who people know from his Wynn resorts in Las Vegas, also suffers from a degenerative eye problem that is slowly taking his vision away. He donated eight figures to the same institute that Lazier supported during his race in the last year alone.

Jacqueline’s eye problems aren’t stopping her from following her passions, however, and that’s an encouraging thing to Lazier. She’s a racer, just like her dad.

What Keeps Motivating Lazier To Race?

For Lazier, racing is more than a job or just a way to raise money for his daughter. It’s also a personal family passion that has been developed through the ages. His dad raced in 1981. It’s about wanting to show people that personal goals can always be achieved, no matter what individual circumstances might be. 

Buddy has a sponsorship deal that will have him in the Indy 500 for the next 5 years thanks to the formation of Lazier Partners Racing, a conglomeration of friends and supporters from Lazier’s hometown of Vail, CO. They decided that there was nothing to lose and everything to gain, so they all took this attitude out to the track.

With hardly any practice time, Lazier qualified last year and has been the final qualifier two years running. Lazier wouldn’t have it any other way and he knows that his experience in the race and his ability to raise awareness will only help to do good things for anyone who is inspired by the work of his team.

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There are two types of cars built for racing. One type is built for the short track where the speeds are lower and the turns are tighter. The other type is for the super speedways where the speeds are faster and the turns are wider. The Bristol Motor Speedway located in Tennessee and a super speedway would be like the one in Daytona, Florida. When making a short track car the aspect of down force is concentrated on because down force helps the car grip the track better since it is made lower to the ground than others. Also the body of the car is placed further back on the frame of the car and the front fenders and are more curved. With a great amount of down force the car will be better able to handle the turns of the track as quickly as possible. Since the brakes and engine conducts more heat, the cars are made with more grill vents where air goes directly to the brakes.

The cars on the super speedway need to keep high speeds at all times, even when going into the turns. The banking on the track is high for this purpose and the body of the cars is placed more to the front of the frame to reduce drag. Reducing drag is important because if they do not the cars will not be able to go fast enough. Since the cars travel at higher speeds there are not as many air vents to cool the engines and brakes, as it is not necessary.

Checking the requirements from the SCCA or the speedway officials is the most important thing that you can do to make an acceptable speedway car. You should pay close attention to what they expect on the inside and outside of the car. You also need to know exactly how fast and how far the car will be traveling so that you know how much horsepower the car needs to have to perform properly, how munch ventilation is needed for the engine and brakes so that injuries are avoided and what fluids would be best for the car to make sure that is as optimum racing ability. Sometimes just the way the car curved can increase the ability for the car to catch the wind and increase speed, but it can be more dangerous if done the wrong way.

You must be careful and, like everything else in life, do the research of have an expert do it for you. Having poor bearings on the wheel hubs can be a recipe for disaster. Make sure that every single bolt is tightened. Check and recheck. You can never be too careful. Make sure the fuel pump and all other related parts are in perfect working order. Just to be safe, you could brand new ones on before each and every race to insure your safety and the safety of others on the speedway with you. You may be able to use a car instead of a motorcycle on a dirt track, but checking with the appropriate officials is always the best way to go. Different parts ay be necessary to use.


There are many resources to view a speedway race if you can’t view it in person at the track. Most cable companies have some sports channels that come with a standard cable package. You can usually find a race or two on your basic cable sports channels.

If you don’t have sports channels that air the races you could see if any of your friends have premium channels and you could have a sports party with some close friends or a lot of friends. This would be a great way to spend time with people you like and see the races all at the same time. If you are a loner, you could make a phone call to all of the sports bars in your area and see if they are playing the races so that you could have a cold one and watch the races. You could also ask family members what channels they have for sports channels and see if you could watch them at their place. It’s always good to spend time with family when you possibly can. You never know what tomorrow will bring. So seize the moment to spend time with those you care about. Or if you have an upgraded cable package you should be able to view all of the races of the season.

Other than YouTube, there are a lot of sites to find live stream speedway races. Although, if you are a die-hard YouTube fan, there are quite a few interesting races on YouTube to watch. If your cable package doesn’t consist of sports channels then you could also go online to places like Amazon, Target, and other such places to purchase the season that just ended so that you didn’t miss a single race. Just like any other sport, racing is basically a seasonal sport. By this I mean that most of the races will be held in the summer months, yet you can find some races being held in the winter months. There are just fewer of them.

You can find just about anything relating to this sport on YouTube. YouTube has so many different speedway related material available such as some of the oldest races ever aired on television, the most amazing crashes, most famous races and the drivers and, of course, current races from recent years. Most states do have a speedway; therefore most states will televise the races that are held there. You might have a hard time choosing where to watch the races. You could just tape them all for hours of entertainment.


Getting involved in racing is not always easy, but well worth the effort you put into it. The first part of the process is doing the research. Doing your homework on racing and how to get started will give you so much insight and “tricks of the trade” so to speak. Usually there is a monetary fee of some sort. Sometimes expensive and sometimes cheap, it varies from track to track. You may have to have a special type of insurance on the car you plan on driving or you may have to meet certain specification that you are unaware of. You may need to work for a while to save up the money to participate. It may be frustrating to play the waiting game, but in the time you have to save the money you may be able to find more things that would get you even more prepared. You can never be too prepared to do something that you love with a passion. Check to see statistics on the danger of the sport, what the requirements are pertaining to age and vehicle expectations from the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America). You could find information on the SCCA online and they should have a phone number and address to contact them further.

There are so many different ways to get started after doing extensive research on racing. Depending on where you are located and how far you are willing to travel, some local speedways have many different activities for beginners to get some experience on. Sometimes tracks will be sponsored by local chapters for night rallies. Your vehicle will have to pass an inspection and you will most likely be required to have insurance on the vehicle.

All rallies do have seat belt and helmet requirements for all drivers. There are tons of websites you can visit to find all of the information you could need to get started. You can also take professional driving courses to learn the ropes extensively. Even though you take a course in professional driving you would still need to participate in small rallies to gain more experience and to meet people that will help you gain more knowledge on how to get to the big races if you want. The small steps are the best way to get to the bigger ones. There are drag races that are monitored by the SCCA on the track so that no one gets into trouble, but still get to do what he or she are passionate about. If you are really committed to the art of racing, and yes it is considered an art, you will find a way to participate.

Visiting website after website can be frustrating, exhausting and grueling depending on how badly you want to do it. Be sure that it is the right thing for you so that you do not feel as though you have wasted your time and the time of others trying to help you because when people reach out to help they do it because the love of the sport reaches deep to their core. It is by no means something they take lightly and neither should you.

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Never checked out Speedway Racing? Well friends, it is not for the weak of heart. It is a very exciting event and also dangerous for the riders. As they are going around the track they are going very fast on motorbikes with no brakes. The race isn’t very long being that it only lasts for one minute, but no brakes! That is the scary part. So, if you enjoy thrilling events this would be something you wouldn’t want to miss. You are constantly on the edge of your seat and that is the goal for true thrill seekers. The speedway is an oval track made up of dirt and loosely packed shale (or dolomite in Australia and New Zealand). This helps them slide or glide into the turns. This is also called broadsiding. They are traveling about 70 miles an hour when on the straight part of the track. There are four laps where you will see four to six riders in one race.

No one knows the exact origins of the sport, but it is believed to be first played in the 1910s to 1920s in Australia. This might be a misconception because the first known race was held in the United Kingdom on February 1, 1928 at Camberley, Surrey and Droylsden, Lancashire. In Camberely the races went in a clockwise direction, but the races had been changed to an anti-clockwise direction soon after the first race.

Each track is between 260 and 425 meters long and it takes approximately one minute. The riders reach a speed of 110 mph on the straight part of the track and they reduce speed when making the turns on the oval track. The Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme (FIM) regulates tracks that are used for professional speedway racing. They have strict rules concerning construction, size and safety requirements. The starting gates are spring-loaded and there are white lines midway through both of the straight parts of the track. They also put in pits in the track when it is constructed. Pits are areas off to the side of the track for press to broadcast the race, medical personnel and facilities. The track consists of four layers of grading. The topmost part of the track is made of loose grading in order for the riders to maneuver the safest way possible while gaining as much speed as they can.

When riders are going into turns, they use their back wheel so that the motorcycle finds the best spot to speed up when coming out of the turn and onto the straight part of the track. Wire fences, air fences and wooden fences are used on the outside of the track. The air fences are the closest one to the riders as they are filled with air to provide rider with the safest possible track. The public and the riders are kept safe from the dust of the track by watering down the track before and sometimes during the race. Safety is a very big concern to the FIM.


The two most famous speedways in the United States are The Indianapolis Speedway and The Daytona 500. The Indianapolis Speedway is the first one constructed in the United States in 1909. It has a permanent seating area of 257,325. Infield seating raises the capacity to 400,000. It is the largest ever made and is more of a rectangular oval than the original construction plans indicated.

Since August 19, 1909 248 automobile races have taken place there and 137 separate drivers have won. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum was constructed on the grounds in 1956. There are three major events that take place at the speedway which are the Indy 500 Series, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and FIM MotoGP.

The track surface is asphalt and brick and contains four turns. It is located on 16th street and Georgetown Road in Indianapolis. There is a lot to do there. The most popular are the Outside Groovin’ Music Festival, a festival parade and Legends of the Day at Indy which is a celebration to honor Mario Andretti and Jason Aldean with a concert. There is also a lot of places to shop, museums to visit and park areas for children to play at. They have many types of restaurants to eat at that are geared toward family and singles. They also have great hotels and other places to stay. With the speedway museum being inside the speedway grounds it is a great place for the whole family with memorabilia and a ton of information on the speedway.

This speedway was constructed in 1958 and opened in 1959 in located in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Daytona 500 is the most prestigious race in NASCAR and people will travel from all kinds of different states to attend a world famous speedway. It includes races involving motorcycles such as Motorcross, AMA Superbike and others. This track offers multiple layouts to accommodate as many different kinds of races. The speedway can also gain more revenue with the multiple layouts to the speedway. The International Speedway Corporation possesses ownership of the speedway. The banked design of the speedway gave the drivers of the cars and the riders of the motorcycles more speed and the audience a much better view of the race. This makes the experience well worth the money. Lights were installed in 1998 and it is the third largest outdoor-lit sports venue.
The speedway in Daytona was renovated 3 times so far. The infield was renovated in 2004 and the speedway was repaved in 1978 and 2010. The speedway is yet again being renovated and the project is being called “Daytona Rising” The plans are to make more artistic adaptions to what already exist and to move the seating to accommodate more fans to come and visit. The revised speedway should be available in the year 2016. Out of the seven different tracks that they offer the dirt track is the only one that is made of dirt instead of asphalt like the other six. There are two highlights for the fans called the Sprint Fan-zone and The Budweiser Party Porch.