Auto Racing

Auto racing (also identified as automobile racing, motor racing, or car racing) is a motorsport involving the racing of cars. It is one of the world's most watched televised sports.

Racing began soon after the edifice of the first successful gasoline-fueled automobiles. The first race still organized was on April 28, 1887 by the principal editor of Paris publication Le Velocipede, Monsieur Fussier. It ran 2 kilometers from Neuilly overpass to the Bois de Boulogne. It was won by Georges Boston of the De Dion-Bout on company, in a car he had constructed with Albert, the Comte de Dion, but as he was the only participant to show up it is rather difficult to call it a race.

In 1895, the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris Trial was detained and this was the primary real race as all competitors started together. The winner was Emilee Levassor in his Panhard-Levassor 1205cc model.

He finished the course (1,178 km or 732 miles) in 48 hours and 47 minutes, finishing nearly six hours before the runner-up. The first usual auto racing venue was Nice, France, run in late March, 1897, as a "Speed Week." To fill out the schedule, most types of racing events were invented here, including the first hill climb (Nice ? La Turbie) and a sprint that was, in spirit, the first drag race. An international competition, between nations rather than folks, began with the racing.

The first auto race in the United States took place in Chicago, Illinois on November 28, 1895. The 54.36 mile (87.48 km) course ran from the South side of the city, north all along the lakefront to Evanston, Illinois, and back again. Frank Duryea won the race in 10 hours and 23 minutes, beating three petrol-fueled motorcars.