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Monaco Grand Prix  see photo
Indianapolis 500
Daytona 500
24 Hours Le Mans
Dakar Rally
24 Hour Nurburgring
Belgium Grand Prix
Rally Finland
Bathurst 1000
Baja 1000


Car race tourism is becoming increasingly popular as more fans travel.

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Monaco Grand Prix

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Formula One cars race through the narrow streets of Monte Carlo. There are hazardous sharp turns and elevation changes. The event draws royal and celebrity spectators.

Indianapolis 500

Indianapolis, USA

Indy Cars speed 200 laps and 500 miles at speeds exceeding 200 miles per hour. The venue has 400,000 sitting and standing spectators, making the race the world's largest sporting event.

Daytona 500

Daytona, Florida

NASCAR formula cars race 500 miles in front of more than 200,000 spectators. They are the racing world's most spirited fans.

24 Hours Le Mans

Le Mans, France

Each race car has a three-driver team. The three take turns driving during the 24-hour period. It's a test of endurance for both the vehicle and drivers.

Dakar Rally

Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile

More than race cars participate. Motorcycles, quads, and trucks also race through 2,000 kilometers of rough terrain.

24 Hour Nurburgring

Nurburgring, Germany

For 24 straight hours, participants race on a 16-mile circuit containing over 160 turns. Endurance is the key to success.

Belgium Grand Prix

Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

Formula One race drivers travel 44 laps on a 7-kilometer circuit for a total of 300 kilometers.

Rally Finland


The course has broad, smooth-gravel roads running through lake-and-forest countryside, but it has sizable jumps and other challenges.

Bathurst 1000

Bathurst, Australia

Australia's V8 Supercars compete on a 1,000-kilometer, 161-lap Mount Panorama Circuit endurance race.

Baja 1000

Baja California, Mexico

Its lengthy loop runs down and up Baja California's arid lands. The ride is rough, bouncy, and sometimes hazardous.

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