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For questions generally about motor racing that takes place on a paved hard surface, as opposed to off-road racing. For questions about the class of bicycle racing, see 'road-biking'. For running races on city streets, see 'marathon'.

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Why is 'overall lead' not just LMP1 lead?

I've been watching some endurance racing and there's something I do not get. They always talk about like the 'overall lead' and the 'LMP1 lead' are not the same thing. I can understand why, because at ...
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In Le Mans, what are the 3 lights on the side of the car?

In Le Mans, all cars have 3 lights on the side. The color part is easy: It is the color of the series you are racing in. But sometimes 1 is lit, other times it is 2 or 3. What is the logic of those ...
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In Le Mans, what is that second Timer on the timer board?

In Le Mans, there's a board at the entrance to the pits. The first numbers are easy. Its the time remaining in the race. But the second, I can't figure out what it is. Seems like an hour, but it's ...
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Who was the first motorsport driver to perform ‘shoey’ - drinking alcohol out of a shoe, on podium?

Drinking beer out of one's own shoe is a ritual sometimes undertaken at parties and events in Australia, where it is referred to as a "shoey". Jack Miller celebrated his maiden MotoGP victory by ...
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Why does the fastest racer typically start at the front of the grid?

I've followed racing (cars and bikes) for years, and taken it for granted that the fastest qualifier would take pole position and start at the front of the grid. A friend asked me why that is, ...
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Motorcycle Track Racing - Late Braking

I've been competing in my local club racing for about a year now, I'm struggling to get to grips (excuse the pun) with late braking. Currently I'm braking very early, getting all the braking done in ...
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Is MXGP the most important circuit for motocross?

Is MXGP the most important circuit for motocross in the world? I do not know any other races in this typology
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Why are curbs used in motorsport?

In many motor sports, there are often curbs placed along the parts of the track where the driving line runs close to the edge of the track. This allows the driver to drift off the track slightly when ...
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How can F1 teams be competitive if they produce engines for each other?

There are several aspects I don't understand about teams who build engines for their competitors. Take for example Mercedes AMG who build engines for other teams like Sahara Force India, Williams ...
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Becoming a pro cyclist late

I've been racing for two seasons now - road, cyclocross and some mtb. I've had some wins and this is how I'd like to make a living, specifically road racing or cyclocross. But I just turned 22 and ...
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How does drifting work?

I have seen drifting in many movies, and, in fact, one of the fast and furious movies was dedicated specifically to drifting (Tokyo drift) How exactly does drifting work? What does the driver ...
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