When it comes to short tracks, most people think of ovals or other race tracks that are relatively short in distance. However, there is another type of short track that may be emerging and that many fans and drivers around the globe have been waiting for: closed-course motor racing. More specifically, auto racing on closed courses, which are also known as indoor/outdoor racings or simply race tracks. These are the types of tracks that you will find at casinos and racetracks, where the cars are driven on customized courses that are usually inside buildings. These types of tracks offer the excitement and thrill of an outdoor race without the elements that can cause damage to your vehicle. It’s definitely something different and it’s caused quite a bit of interest since it was first introduced years ago.
Why Are People Interested In Indoor/Outdoor Racings?
It all started with the IndyCar Series, whose drivers have been competing at LucasOil Raceway since the series inception in 1966. It wasn’t long before other series followed suit and now there is a whole category of motorsport called IndyCar/Outdoor Racings, which allows cars to be driven on open courses as well as inside venues.
The appeal of indoor/outdoor racings is easy to understand. It’s probably the closest you can get to a real life Simulated Driving, where the vehicle’s computer takes over in situations where the driver isn’t capable of handling a cornering vehicle all by themselves. In order to drive on such a track, you need a Class-D license, which you can get after completing a short driving test. You will also need to pass a drug test and show up to the track prepared to race. There is no limit to how many times you can apply for this license, which makes it very attractive to those who like to drive regularly or who want to race during off-peak hours. This is also one of the few categories of motorsport where teenagers can legally compete against adults. You don’t need to be 19 years old to obtain a Class-D license, as long as you are at least 14.
What Type Of Cars Can Be Used?
IndyCar/Outdoor Racings is open to any type of car, as long as it has four wheels and an engine. You don’t need to have any specific vehicle in mind when you show up to the track, as long as you can drive and park. For the most part, these tracks don’t require any sort of luxury or special vehicle. In fact, a normal sedan or hatchback will suffice just fine.
The advantage of these types of cars is that you don’t need to worry about damage, as much as you would if you were driving a luxury vehicle. It takes more skill to drive an IndyCar/Outdoor Racing vehicle than it does an average car, so even the average Joe can have a good time behind the wheel. The disadvantage of these types of cars is that they are more limited in terms of how fast they can go compared to other cars that are more specialized for racing.
What Is The Difference Between The Two Types Of Tracks?
There are several major differences between the two types of tracks. First, let’s talk about the surface. Outdoor racings are usually paved while indoor tracks are artificial and constructed of cement, tile or plastic. Asphalt is also acceptable when used for outdoor tracks, but it has the tendency to deteriorate over time and become dangerous to drive on, especially when the weather is hot. If the track surface is not smooth and/or if it has ruts or dips in it, it can dramatically affect traction and increase the likelihood of a serious accident. The other difference is the lighting. Outdoor tracks tend to have much better lighting than indoor tracks do, which makes it easier for photographers and videographers to record your ride. They don’t necessarily need good lighting to shoot, but being able to see what you are doing can certainly help. The other difference has to do with the grandstands and other spectator areas. Outdoor tracks usually have huge spectator stands that surround the entire track. If you’re used to watching races from the comfort of your couch, it can be hard to appreciate how big these stands are until you’re actually there. They’re usually about two stories high with several tiers and they provide a great view of the entire track. The other difference between the two tracks has to do with the restrooms. Outdoor tracks generally have much better-kept restrooms than indoor tracks do, which is important, especially if you’re driving a car with a lot of horsepower. You don’t want to stop during a race and have to walk a few hundred yards to find a bathroom.
What Is The Future Of Indoor/Outdoor Racings?
These types of racings are definitely here to stay. Not only do they provide enjoyment for those who take part in them, but they also make for great media. If you have a car that is suitable for this type of racing and you don’t mind driving on concrete or ceramic floors, it’s something to consider adding to your collection.