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Motorsports FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about competitive motorsporst.

This FAQ about comptetitive motorsport was compiled and written by A H Henry bspahh@midge.bath.ac.uk with numerous contributions by others.

-01 rec.autos.sport
This unmoderated group is for discussion of legal, ...
-02 Mailing Lists: Motorsport
A general autosport mailing list. You can subscribe by sending ...
-03 Mailing Lists: Autocross
Discussion of autocrossing, SCCA Solo events. Also available as ...
-04 Mailing Lists: DRML (Drag Racing Mailing List)
Info and discussion on amateur and professional drag racing. ...
-05 Mailing Lists: Hotrods
The hotrod list is chartered to provide a forum for people ...
-06 Mailing Lists: Karting
Relevant topics include recreational karting, racing, off-road,...
-07 Mailing Lists: NASCAR
This mailing list is dedicated to the open discussion of both ...
-08 Mailing Lists: Rallying
Discussion of rallying, including driving, navigating, car preparation....
-09 Mailing Lists: UK Road Rallying
Discussion of UK road rallying. To subscribe, send e-mail ...
-10 Mailing Lists: Wheel-to-wheel
For people interested in participation in auto racing as driver, ...
-11 Mailing Lists: Formula SAE
Discussion of Formula SAE (see section 21.1 for more Formula ...
-12 Other Internet Resources (autos.sport)
Tools for finding interesting online information are described here:...
-13 Gopher and IRC channels (autos.sport)
o TAMSCC gopher://tamscc.tamu....
-14 Televised Events (autos.sport)
A compilation of info gleaned from TV listings, auto mags, newspapers,...
-15 Motorsport Championships
6.1.1 1995 FIA Formula 1 World ...
-16 Stock (Touring) Cars Racing Series
6.2.1 1995 NASCAR Winston Cup ...
-17 Stock (Touring) Cars Racing Series p2
6.2.8 1995 Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC)...
-18 Rallying Championships
6.3.1 1995 FIA World Rally ...
-19 Miscellaneous Racing Series
6.4.1 1995 Exxon World Sports ...
-20 Miscellaneous Racing Series p2
6.4.4 1995 NHRA National ...
-21 What is the relationship between FIA, FOCA and F1 ?
FIA politics is really grungy stuff....
-22 How powerful were the `turbo' F1 cars ?
The most powerful of the turbo-era F1 engines was BMW's in-line ...
-23 How do pneumatic valve return systems work ?
The technology of all the current pneumatic valve return systems ...
-24 How much does it cost to run a F1 team?
The Motoring News & Motor Sport supplement for the 1994 British ...
-25 How is F1 Prize Money Shared Out ?
It has probably changed, but according to David Hayhoe's book in ...
-26 How did Ron Dennis come to run McLaren ?
Ron Dennis started out as an apprentice at Thomson Taylor's, a ...
-27 How did Frank Williams get into Formula One ?
Frank Williams used to do a bit of FJ/F3/F2 racing in the early/...
-28 National Racing Colours
Australia : Green and ...
-29 1994 IndyCar Specifications
(The following information is largely -- and in some cases solely --...
-30 Chassis (1994 IndyCar Specifications)
The 1994 rules allow the cars to have a maximum length of 195 inches,...
-31 Aerodynamics (1994 IndyCar Specifications)
Andy Brown from Galmer gave Racecar Engineering the following ...
-32 Tyres (1994 IndyCar Specifications)
IndyCar racing tyres are Goodyear Racing Eagles, weighing 16....
-33 Engines (1994 IndyCar Specifications)
Allowable engine options:...
-34 Fuel (1994 IndyCar Specifications)
IndyCars are fueled by methanol, sometimes called wood alcohol. It is ...
-35 How much does it cost to run an IndyCar team? (1994 IndyCar Specifications)
The following information is quoted from the IndyCar Racing, Feb 93....
-36 Qualifying for the Indy 500
Qualifying at the Speedway is unique. The fastest 33 cars from ...
-37 Which cars start the race ? (Indy 500)
The fastest 33 cars in qualifying start the race. Officially, its ...
-38 How are the qualifying days organised ? (Indy 500)
A run consists of each car running alone on the circuit for one ...
-39 How is the race starting order decided ? (Indy 500)
The first days qualifiers are locked into position in front of ...
-40 How big is the track at Indy ? (Indy 500)
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a 2.5 mile square oval. ...
-41 How can I get tickets for the Indy 500 ?
1. Often somebody will sell a couple for face value on r.a.s sometime ...
-42 Qualifying for other IndyCar Races
On road courses, qualifying takes place in two sessions over two ...
-43 How does the F1 points system work?
The first six finishers get 10, 6, 4, 3, 2 and 1 points respectively....
-44 How does the IndyCar points system work?
-45 What are the IndyCar flag rules ?
Blue flag with the yellow stripe (stationary): displayed to slower ...
-46 Andretti vs Mansell
In 1993, Michael Andretti was faced with an unfamiliar car which ...
-47 What are the pros and cons of gravel traps, tyre walls, armco & walls?
When a car leaves the circuit, the aim is to slow it down as ...
-48 Where can I send condolences to the Family of Ayrton Senna ?
Milton & Neide Senna da ...
-49 What Helmet was Ayrton Senna Wearing When he Crashed?
Ayrton raced with both Bell and Shoei helmets. However on May 1, ...
-50 Who is the greatest driver of all time ?
Gilles Villeneuve (IMHO*)....
-51 Which is the best racing series ?
This is another topic that has been thrashed to death. You are ...
-52 Murray Walker
Murray Walker (aka Muddly Talker) is the commentator for the much ...
-53 Motorsport GIFs and JPEGs ?
-54 Which are good races to spectate at ?
British
-55 Where can I get tickets for San Marino GP, May 1st 1994
-56 Where can I get tickets for Canadian GP, June 12 1994
Les Entreprises GP Canadien Ltee, C.P. 248, Succ. Place d'Armes,...
-57 Where can I get tickets for British GP, July 16th 1995
Booking Office, Freepost, Silverstone Circuits Ltd, Silverstone,...
-58 Where can I get tickets for Italian GP, September 11th 1994
Tickets are available from:...
-59 Origins of the names of teams and Manufacturers
o Alfa Romeo ALFA (Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili) was formed ...
-60 What are the origins of F1 chassis numbers ?
Lotus cars have each have a type number. These are also allocated ...
-61 How are F1 race numbers allocated ?
Before 1973, F1 drivers raced with different numbers at each race....
-62 Why is there no US GP ?
Politics and money. The F1 circus expects to have a well ...
-63 Pronouncing `English' names (Motorsport Pronunciation Guide)
-64 Pronouncing Germanic names (Motorsport Pronunciation Guide)
Pronunciation of `ch' in German: This is a soft gutteral sound. ...
-65 Pronouncing Japanese names (Motorsport Pronunciation Guide)
In Japanese, the family name is spoken first followed by the ...
-66 Pronouncing French and Canadian names (Motorsport Pronunciation Guide)
-67 Pronouncing Portuguese and Brazilian names (Motorsport Pronunciation Guide)
The common street pronunciation for Brazilian names may ...
-68 Pronouncing Finnish names (Motorsport Pronunciation Guide)
The i in Yir is more like the vowel in new when it's ...
-69 The race finished hours ago. Where are all the results ? (Motorsport)
There are sometimes delays propagating articles around the Net,...
-70 Where are r.a.s.info, r.a.s.tech, r.a.s.nascar, r.a.s.f1, r.a.s.indy & r.a.s.misc?
These newsgroups were created in 1994. If they have not appeared ...
-71 How many people read the rec.autos.sport hierarchy ?
This is taken from the Usenet readership report for January 1995....
-72 Where can I get the latest race results and championship tables ? (Motorsport)
Many race results are posted to rec.autos.sport.info, which is archived ...
-73 Now that rec.autos.sport has split, why not make r.a.s.rally & r.a.s.drag?
Subjects like drag racing or rallying can be clearly defined but ...
-74 Why rec.autos.sport. and not rec.sport.autos. ?
A long long time ago (in the mid 80s), on a usenet far far away, ...
-75 What do these abbreviations mean ? (Motorsport)
o GOB NASCAR racers and fans (from Good Ol' Boys)...
-76 How do I Join the Pick6 competitions ?
These competitions, where you use your skill and judgement to ...
-77 Which are faster: Racing cars or racing motorbikes ?
At the average road course, F1 bikes (500 cc) are just a little ...
-78 Which are faster: F1 or IndyCars ?
This very much depends on the racetrack and the race distance. For ...
-79 Can a car decelerate faster than 1G ?
Yes -- F1 cars can pull 4-5G under braking with the help of ...
-80 Car X handles superbly. All it needs is more power
A racecar is a system and not just an engine bolted to a chassis. ...
-81 What are the advantages of Carbon Fibre Brakes ?
A carbon/carbon setup gives a coefficient of friction of about 0.6 ...
-82 Who helped make this FAQ ? (rec.autos.sport)
Al Griffy agriffy@bongo.cc.utexas....
-83 FIA Class 1 Touring Car Technical Regulations
These are used for the DTM....
-84 FIA Class 2 Touring Car Technical Regulations
These are used for touring car championships in Britain, Italy,...
-85 Getting Involved with Motorsport
Motorsport can be an extremely expensive passtime at the ...
-86 Marshalling(Course Working)
The main advantage of being a marshall is that you can get ...
-87 What type of training do marshalls need for regional races?
You get a regional licence right out of the box, and can ...
-88 What type of training do F1 marshalls need ?
In recent years, the national license has been essentially ...
-89 Helping a Race Team
Nick Goosey, manager of the Penske factory in the UK, is a ...
-90 Starting Racing
The best way to find which class of racing you want to compete in ...
-91 Single-seaters series
In Europe there are a large number of different series for ...
-92 Race Driving Schools
Although these may seem a very expensive way to start racing, ...
-93 F1 Racing school
AGS, which competed in F1 until a couple of years ago, runs a ...
-94 SCCA Racing Schools
SCCA school is a racing school and not a driving school. You will ...
-95 Sprint Car Driving School
There is a driving school for 600 bhp sprint cars run by Mike Clayton....
-96 Drag Race Driving School
Frank Hawley runs what's probably the country's best drag ...
-97 Kart Racing
Kart racing is highly competitive, but remains ...
-98 Classes of karting
Sprint
-99 Getting Sponsorship (Motorsport racing)
Don't just write a letter. You go to a prospective sponsor with ...
-100 Race scanners
If you have a radio scanner at a race meeting, you should be able ...
-101 Is that all that you can use a scanner for? (Motorsport)
Every day and night, scanner hobbyists are entertained by what ...
-102 Where is it legal to use a scanner ? (Motorsport)
20.2.1
-103 Scanner Features: Setting Frequencies
The crystal controlled models are cheaper, but require the ...
-104 Scanner Features: Which frequency bands - 200, 400 or 800Mhz
For scanning at races, the primary thing you want to look for is ...
-105 Scanner Features: Will you be able to hear it ?
At a racetrack, Walkman type headphones will not cut enough ...
-106 Scanner Features: Bleedover
If you are experiencing bleedover or interference from ...
-107 Scanner Features: Batteries
Longer lasting batteries or spare packs come in very handy for ...
-108 What Scanner Should I Buy?
You can get a battery operated hand held scanner, a bigger ...
-109 Some Comments on Scanners at Races (Motorsport)
Thomas Sundstrom: I must say I've been disappointed in trying to ...
-110 Where to buy a scanner or frequency lists (Motorsport)
Radio Shack (aka Tandy in Europe) is the most common vendor ...
-111 What is Formula SAE ?
Formula SAE is a collegiate competition organised by the Society ...
-112 What is `John Winter's' real name ?
Louis Krages. He sells timber from Bremen in Germany. He started ...
-113 Track Addresses (Motorsport)
This includes all F1, IndyCar and NASCAR tracks as well as a ...
-114 Track Addresses (Motorsport) p2
Laguna Seca ...
-115 Track Addresses (Motorsport) p3
Phoenix International ...
-116 New Track Projects List (Motorsport) p1
The New Track Projects List is a compilation of major race ...
-117 New Track Projects List (Motorsport) p2
California ...
-118 New Track Projects List (Motorsport) p3
Riverside Grand ...
-119 New Track Projects List (Motorsport) p4
Atlantic
-120 Motorsport Governing Bodies
CART [ Championship Auto Racing Teams ]...
-121 TV Company Addresses (Motorsport)
ABC
-122 F1 Team Addresses
Arrows Grand Prix ...
-123 IndyCar Team Addresses
Marlboro Penske ...
-124 NASCAR Team Addresses p1
Rick
-125 NASCAR Team Addresses p2
John
-126 NASCAR Team Addresses p3
Jimmy
-127 More Addresses (Motorsport)
A list of addresses and phone numbers for 1300 motoring-...
-128 Motor Sport Magazines
In an ideal world, it would be easy to find entertaining, ...
-129 Addresses for Motor Sport Magazines A1
American Roadracing ...
-130 Addresses for Motor Sport Magazines A2
Autosport (from Japan)...
-131 Addresses for Motor Sport Magazines B-F
Bonneville Racing ...
-132 Addresses for Motor Sport Magazines I-M
Indy Car
-133 Addresses for Motor Sport Magazines N-P
National Kart ...
-134 Addresses for Motor Sport Magazines R1
Racecar
-135 Addresses for Motor Sport Magazines R2
Race Scanning ...
-136 Addresses for Motor Sport Magazines S
-137 Addresses for Motor Sport Magazines T-W
Talking
-138 Motor Sport Book, Art and Memorabilia Dealers A-M
-139 Motor Sport Book, Art and Memorabilia Dealers P-J
Paper
-140 Motorsport Video Companies
Duke Marketing ...
-141 Motorsport Video Companies
Duke Marketing ...









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