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Firestone Indy Lights
INDY LIGHTS is an American developmental automobile racing series sanctioned by IndyCar , currently known as INDY LIGHTS PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES for sponsorship reasons. Indy Lights
Indy Lights
is the highest step on the Road to Indy , a programme of racing series leading up to the IndyCar Series . The Indy Lights
Indy Lights
series has been promoted by Anderson Promotions since 2014, which also manages the Road to Indy programme. A similar series named Indy Lights
Indy Lights
filled the developmental role for the CART series, and ran from 1986 to 1993 as the AMERICAN RACING SERIES and DAYTON INDY LIGHTS from 1991 to 2001. The current IndyCar sanctioned series was founded in 2002 as the INFINITI PRO SERIES as a way to introduce new talent to IndyCar, with the moniker Indy Lights returning in 2008 when CART and IndyCar unified
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Phoenix International Raceway
PHOENIX RACEWAY (PIR) is a 1 mile, low-banked tri-oval race track located in Avondale, Arizona . It is named after the nearby metropolitan area of Phoenix . The motorsport track opened in 1964 and currently hosts two NASCAR
NASCAR
race weekends and 1 IndyCar Series
IndyCar Series
race weekend annually. Phoenix Raceway has also hosted the CART , USAC and the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship . The raceway is currently owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation . The raceway was originally constructed with a 2.5 miles (4.0 km) road course that ran on both the inside and the outside of the main tri-oval. In 1991 the track was reconfigured with the current 1.51 miles (2.43 km) interior layout. Phoenix Raceway currently has an estimated grandstand seating capacity of around 51,000
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Firestone Tire And Rubber Company
The FIRESTONE TIRE AND RUBBER COMPANY is an American tire company founded by Harvey Samuel Firestone in 1900 to supply pneumatic tires for wagons, buggies , and other forms of wheeled transportation common in the era. Firestone soon saw the huge potential for marketing tires for automobiles . The company was a pioneer in the mass production of tires. Harvey Firestone had a friendship with Henry Ford
Henry Ford
. Firestone used this relationship to become the original equipment supplier of Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company
automobiles, and was also active in the replacement market. In 1988, the company was sold to the Japanese Bridgestone Corporation
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Spec Racing
ONE-DESIGN is a racing method which may be adopted in sports which use complex equipment, whereby all vehicles , gliders or boats have identical or very similar designs or models. In motor racing, it is also known as Spec series , and one-make racing . CONTENTS * 1 Features of One-Design
One-Design
* 2 Sailing * 3 Car racing * 4 Soaring * 5 References * 6 External links FEATURES OF ONE-DESIGN This section DOES NOT CITE ANY SOURCES . Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources . Unsourced material may be challenged and removed . (November 2009) (Learn how and when to remove this template message )As manufacturing technologies became more efficient and effective over the course of the 20th century, racers in a number of sports realized that there was an important need to equalize the design of the equipment that they were competing in
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March Engineering
MARCH ENGINEERING was a Formula One
Formula One
constructor and manufacturer of customer racing cars from the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
. Although only moderately successful in Grand Prix competition, March racing cars enjoyed much better achievement in other categories of competition, including Formula Two
Formula Two
, Formula Three
Formula Three
, IndyCar and IMSA GTP
IMSA GTP
sportscar racing . CONTENTS * 1 1970s * 2 1980s * 3 1990s * 3.1 Leyton House Racing * 3.2 Demise * 4 2000s * 5 Car designations * 6 Formula One
Formula One
results * 7 Bibliography * 8 References * 9 Related links 1970S March Engineering
March Engineering
began operations in 1969. Its four founders were Max Mosley, Alan Rees, Graham Coaker and Robin Herd
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Mark Smith (American Racing Driver)
MARK SMITH (born April 10, 1967, Portland, Oregon) is an American racing driver. Now retired, he competed in the CART IndyCar Series . CONTENTS * 1 Career * 2 Racing record * 2.1 Formula Super Vee
Formula Super Vee
* 2.2 Formula Pacific
Formula Pacific
* 2.3 CART Indy Lights
Indy Lights
* 2.4 CART * 3 Film and photography * 4 References * 5 External links CAREERSmith entered karting competition at the age of 14 and won 6 championships in multiple IKF divisions. In 1985 he moved up to Formula Ford scoring 4 race wins in two seasons and then advanced to Formula Super Vee
Formula Super Vee

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Formula 1
FORMULA ONE (also FORMULA 1 or F1 and officially the FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP) is the highest class of single-seat auto racing that is sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l\'Automobile (FIA). The FIA Formula One
Formula One
World Championship has been the premier form of racing since the inaugural season in 1950, although other Formula One
Formula One
races were regularly held until 1983. The "formula ", designated in the name, refers to a set of rules , to which all participants' cars must conform. The F1 season consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix (from French, meaning grand prizes), held worldwide on purpose-built F1 circuits and public roads. The results of each race are evaluated using a points system to determine two annual World Championships, one for drivers , one for constructors
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Open Wheel Car
An OPEN-WHEEL CAR (FORMULA CAR, or often SINGLE-SEATER CAR in British English ) is a car with the wheels outside the car's main body, and usually having only one seat. Open-wheel cars contrast with street cars, sports cars , stock cars , and touring cars , which have their wheels below the body or inside fenders . Open-wheel cars are usually built specifically for racing, frequently with a higher degree of technological sophistication than in other forms of motor sport. Open-wheel street cars, such as the Ariel Atom , are very scarce as they are often impractical for everyday use. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Design * 3 Driving * 4 Gallery * 5 References * 6 See also HISTORY THIS SECTION NEEDS EXPANSION. You can help by adding to it . (April 2015)American racecar driver and constructor Ray Harroun was an early pioneer of the concept of a lightweight single-seater, open-wheel "monoposto" racecar
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Can-Am
The CANADIAN-AMERICAN CHALLENGE CUP, or CAN-AM, was an SCCA /CASC sports car racing series from 1966 to 1987. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Notable drivers * 3 Pioneering technology * 4 Manufacturers * 4.1 McLaren * 4.2 Porsche
Porsche
* 4.3 Chaparral * 4.4 Lola * 4.5 Others * 5 Decline and revivals * 6 Circuits * 7 Champions * 7.1 Under 2 Litre class champions * 8 References * 9 Bibliography * 10 External links HISTORY The Can-Am
Can-Am
race at Edmonton International Speedway in 1973 Can-Am
Can-Am
started out as a race series for group 7 sports racers with two races in Canada
Canada
(Can) and four races in the United States
United States
of America (Am). The series was initially sponsored by Johnson Wax
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Stock Car Racing
STOCK CAR RACING is a form of automobile racing found mainly and most prominently in the United States
United States
and Canada
Canada
, with Australia
Australia
, New Zealand and Brazil
Brazil
also having forms of stock car auto racing. Traditionally, races are run on oval tracks measuring approximately 0.25 to 2.66 miles (0.4 to 4.3 kilometers). The world's largest governing body for stock car racing is the American NASCAR
NASCAR
, and its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is the premier top level series of professional stock car racing. Top level races typically range between 200 to 600 miles (322 to 966 km) in length
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Off-road Racing
OFF-ROAD RACING is a format of racing where various classes of specially modified vehicles (including cars, trucks, motorcycles, and buggies) compete in races through off-road environments. CONTENTS* 1 North America * 1.1 Desert racing
Desert racing
* 1.2 Short course racing * 1.3 Other formats * 2 New Zealand * 3 Europe * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links NORTH AMERICADESERT RACING 2007 Baja 500 Main article: Desert racing
Desert racing
Desert racing
Desert racing
began in the early 20th century. An early racing sanctioning body in North America was the National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA). The body was formed in 1967 by Ed Pearlman. The first event was a race across the Mexican desert, south-eastwards through most of the length of Baja California
Baja California
, originally from Ensenada to La Paz
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Formula 3000
FORMULA 3000 was a type of open wheel, single seater formula racing , occupying the tier immediately below Formula One
Formula One
and above Formula Three . It was so named because the cars were powered by 3000 cc engines
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Lola Racing Cars
LOLA CARS INTERNATIONAL LTD. was a racing car engineering company founded in 1958 by Eric Broadley and based in Huntingdon
Huntingdon
, England
England
. Enduring more than fifty years, it was one of the oldest and largest manufacturers of racing cars in the world. Lola Cars
Lola Cars
started by building small front-engined sports cars, and branched out into Formula Junior cars before diversifying into a wider range of sporting vehicles. Lola was acquired by Martin Birrane in 1998 after the unsuccessful MasterCard Lola attempt at Formula One
Formula One
. Lola Cars
Lola Cars
was a brand of the Lola Group, which combined former rowing boat manufacturer Lola Aylings and Lola Composites, that specialized in carbon fibre production
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Sam Hornish, Jr.
SAMUEL JON "SAM" HORNISH JR. (born July 2, 1979) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes part-time in the NASCAR
NASCAR
Xfinity Series
Xfinity Series
, driving the No. 22 Ford Mustang
Ford Mustang
for Team Penske . He began his top-tier racing career in the IndyCar Series
IndyCar Series
, making his driving debut during the 2000 season for PDM Racing
PDM Racing
. Hornish began driving for Panther Racing
Panther Racing
the following season, winning eleven races and the 2001 and 2002 series championships over the next three seasons. During the 2004 season Hornish began driving for Team Penske , winning eight more races (including the 2006 Indianapolis 500
2006 Indianapolis 500
) and the 2006 series championship during his time with the team
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Richie Hearn
RICHIE HEARN (born January 4, 1971), is an American IndyCar racing driver. Hearn was born in Glendale, California
Glendale, California
. He ran in the Toyota Atlantic championship for two seasons, winning the title in 1995. In 1996, he began driving for John Della Penna in both the IRL and Champ Car ranks. He won an IRL race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
to cap off the year and was the highest finishing rookie at the Indianapolis 500 , finishing 3rd. Hearn moved full-time into Champ Car
Champ Car
in 1997 for Della Penna with high-profile sponsor Budweiser but failed to post significant results and by 2000 was surplus for sponsored driver Norberto Fontana . He contested a few more Indy 500s, with a best result of 6th in 2002. In 2005 following the Indy 500 he retired as a driver and started Hearn Motorsports LLC that ran in the Star Mazda series
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Tom Walkinshaw Racing
TOM WALKINSHAW RACING (TWR) was an auto racing team and engineering firm founded in 1976, in Kidlington , near Oxford
Oxford
, England
England
by touring car racer Tom Walkinshaw . The company initially handled privateer work before entering works touring car racers for manufacturers such as Mazda
Mazda
and Rover . However, TWR became most closely associated with Jaguar , a relationship which started in 1982 with the successful entry of the Jaguar XJ-S into the European Touring Car Championship , chalking up a number of wins that year. The relationship continued and by 1988, TWR-Jaguar had taken its first Le Mans victory in a V12-powered XJR-9 . Further success followed with a Le Mans win in 1990
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