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Jul 16, 2007 - 5:08:00 PM - Print

Formula D Racing VS. Stockcar Racing

Are you a big fan of racing? Nowadays, motor sports are getting the spotlight and a lot of car enthusiasts are discovering the fun and the challenge of this sport. If you are an auto fanatic, you might have heard of stockcar racing.

If you enjoy stock car racing, you probably heard of NASCAR racing or dirt track racing. NASCAR stands for National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. It is one of the largest bodies of motor sports professionals and enthusiasts in the United States. It has been the authority in motoring and a lot of events and competitions are held under its name.

NASCAR racing is commonly held in oval tracks with about 3 to 4 turns. All of these turns direct to the left. If a track has both right and left turns, it is called a road course.

There are different levels of NASCAR racing. The intermediate level, also called as speedway, has a short track (oval track) of less than a mile while the superspeedway level has a track of over two miles.

Another popular type of racing is Formula D (Drifting) Racing. At first look at this sport, it may seem that it is the same as stockcar racing, but in fact it is very different from NASCAR racing. These two types of motor sports may have some amount of similarity, but they are very different from each other in a number of ways.

One of the similarities of these two sports is that, of course, is the prevalent use of cars in during competitions. Thus the name auto sports or motor sports. In stockcar racing the main focus of the competition is your driving ability and speed of your vehicle. When it comes to Formula D racing, although the speed of your car is an important asset, the competition mainly focuses on the driver’s skills and drifting techniques.

Compared to stockcar racing where all you have to do is to reach an end point at the fastest time possible, in Formula D Racing, drivers are required to manipulate their vehicles to drift. During a drift, a car loses traction and slide. When this happens, the driver loses control of the car. Drifting is the ability of the driver to manipulate the car in such a situation. In essence, no matter how fast a car is or how advances its features are, during Formula D racing, a driver’s skill is far more important.

The tracks used in stockcar racing and Formula D racing are also different. NASCAR and other professional stockcar racing can only be done in asphalt tracks. Formula D racing can also be done in asphalt tracks and in other different venues. It does not usually require full tracks and the use of a track is not always necessary. In fact, a few years back, Formula D events are held in spacious parking lots and even in city streets.

In terms of the competition itself, stockcar racing and Formula D racing also differs from each other. Formula D racing competition is basically a showdown of drifting techniques. They should also have some amount of speed and should be able to stay on the track. In a stock car racing competition, the objective is to simply be the first driver to cross the finish line.

If you are a fan of motor sports, you should take note that there is a big difference of the accessibility of stockcar racing and Formula D racing events. NASCAR competitions and events are more frequent and are usually open for all types of audience. Even at a professional level, you can easily attend and watch the competition live.

Formula D racing events are more exclusive and are infrequent. Since they usually operate on limited schedules, the events they organize are limited as well. If you wanted to watch a good show of Formula D racing, you can tune in G4TV where they cover most of its competitions and events. Admission or entrance fee in Formula D racing events are also fairly higher than stockcar racing events.

Although stockcar racing and Formula D racing have a number of differences from each other,any racing fan would enjoy both of these motor sports. Try each sport yourself and you would find out that both auto sports can fulfill your passion for challenge and speed.







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