Are you a car lover? You desire to speed up your vehicle? Do you want to be the next Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton or Sebastien Loeb? If you feel that dirt is your makeup and fuel is your perfume, this is the right place for you. Car racing can your stepping shoes. Becoming a professional racing driver is more of a lifestyle choice than a career. It requires complete dedication.

This is a sport which demands ultimate concentration, strength, physical fitness, technique and fearlessness. You will need to invest time, effort and, quite often, a lot of money into your racing career.

If we consider the initials of racing, it almost started as early as automobiles had been invented, with the first recorded as early as 1867. Many of the earliest events were effectively reliability trials, aimed at proving these new machines were a practical mode of transport, but soon became an important way for competing makers to demonstrate their machines. By the 1930s specialist racing cars had developed.

Let’s have a look at the categories of Motor Racing

Open-wheel racing

The two most popular varieties of open wheel racing are Formula One and the IndyCar Series. Formula One is a European-based series that runs only street and road courses.

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In single-seater (open-wheel), the wheels are not covered, and the cars often have aerofoil wings front and rear to produce downforce and enhance adhesion to the track. In Europe and Asia, open-wheeled racing is commonly referred to as “Formula”.

Touring car racing

The major touring car championships conducted worldwide are the Supercars Championship (Australia), British Touring Car Championship, Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM), and the World Touring Car Championship. The European Touring Car Cup is a one-day event open to Super 2000 specification touring cars from Europe’s many national championships.

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Kart racing

A large proportion of professional racing drivers began in karts, often from a very young age, such as Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso. Several former motorcycle champions have also taken up the sport, notably Wayne Rainey, who was paralysed in a racing accident and now races a hand-controlled kart.

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Sports car racing

In sports car racing, production-derived versions of sports cars, also known as Grand Tourers (GTs), and purpose-built sports prototype cars compete within their respective classes on closed circuits. These races are often conducted over long distances, at least 1,000 km, and cars are driven by teams of two or more drivers, switching every few hours.

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Let’s know some famous racers

  1. Narain Karthikeyan

Narain Karthikeyan became the first Indian driver to race in Formula 1 with Jordan in 2005. He split his early racing between Asia and Britain, winning the 1994 Fomula Ford winter series in Britain and the Formula Asia championship two years later.

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Karthikeyan moved into Formula Three in 1998 and raced at that level for several years. Moving up to World Series by Nissan in 2002, he was fourth overall in the category in 2003.

2. Karun Chandhok

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Karun Chandhok is the second driver from India to compete in Formula 1. He began racing in his home country, winning the Indian National Racing Championship aged 16 and later taking the Formula Asia crown as well.

Chandhok spent three years in British F3 – two in the junior Scholarship category – but cut his final season short. He switched to the World Series by Nissan (later Renault) where he paired up with fellow Indian Narain Karthikeyan.

In 2005 Karthikeyan became the first Indian in F1 when he joined Jordan. Chandhok remained in WSR for the first six races of the year before leaving his RC Motorsport team.

3.Fernando Alonso Díaz

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Fernando Alonso Díaz About (born 29 July 1981) is a Spanish Formula One racing driver and a double World Champion who is currently racing for McLaren-Honda. He is often regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers in the history of the sport. He took part in the 2017 Indianapolis 500.

4.Sebastien Loeb

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He is a French professional rally, racing, and rallycross driver. He competed for the Citroën World Rally Team in the World Rally Championship (WRC) and is the most successful driver in WRC history, having won the world championship a record nine times in a row. He holds several other WRC records, including most wins, most podium finishes and most points. Loeb announced his retirement from World Rallying at the end of the 2012 season.

Training

Aspiring racing drivers tend to join racing clubs, such as the Silverstone Motorsport Academy, and then develop their skills through plenty of hard work and practice out on the track.

Various organisations, such as the Motor Sports Association(MSA) and the British Racing Drivers’ Club, also run schemes which are specifically designed to help young racing drivers rise through the ranks and compete at the very top of the profession. Indeed, if you’re serious about becoming a racing driver, you should consider getting involved with the MSA Academy, the British Rally Elite programme or the BRDC’s SuperStars scheme.

There is no real career progression. Once you have established yourself on the international driving scene, it will be up to you to stay there, by winning races and training like an absolute dynamo.