There’s a lot more than just NASCAR available to professional race fans in the United States. While NASCAR is fast, fun, and loud (and on this list), it is not available in every region. Live events are way better than on TV, so hit up one of these events if you are close by. Watching race cars in person, you might become a fan for life.
Get ready for something exciting and different, with FIA’s inaugural season of the Formula E Championship. March 14th, downtown Miami, FL will be transformed into a fantastic street course with lots of 90 degree turns and areas for passing. The gorgeous cars are electric, and weirdly quiet, but are also quick, with a 0-60 time of just 3 seconds. This is the future of racing, and you can experience it this spring.
The pinnacle of modern NASCAR, Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway will offer 80,000 screaming fans quite a spectacle this May 3rd. This massive 2.6 mile tri-oval has steep banks and long straights for high speeds, while restrictor plates keep the competition intense. The Sprint Cup offers one of the best values in pro racing, as tickets start at $45, kids can get in free, and the price includes a concert. Come see 24 run his last season.
Featuring the most powerful race cars on this list by far, Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ hosts the NHRA Summer Nationals June 4 -7. While the track is only raced on for 1,000 feet, it is still an impressive sight. Sporting roughly 8,000 horsepower, Top Fuel dragsters run from a stop to 330 mph in under 4 seconds. The sound is unlike anything else you will experience, and world famous E-town knows how to host an event. NHRA races are a superb value, starting at only $12.
Sure, it’s not the fasted way to get around a corner, but Formula Drift is the premier drift competition in North America, and an excellent automotive experience. July 24 – 25 will see Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA light up in tire smoke as professional drifters do their best to look out of control. If you are in the area, this track offers bring-your-own-vehicle drift lessons, so you can experience drifting from the driver’s seat before the main event. This is part of a much larger Sea Fair celebration, so bring the whole family.
If you are anywhere near the Southwest this fall, it’s worth taking a trip to Austin, TX for the only Formula 1 race in the US. Running October 23 – 25 at the Circuit of the Americas, the track offers dramatic elevation changes and blind hairpin turns. Unlike some tracks, Circuit of the Americas offers many decent views, even for general admission ticket holders. While you’re here, check out the rest of Austin and see why it’s famously weird.