Motorsport Pathways – Many roads to the top

The road to a career in Motorsport is varied with many options leading towards your goal. Money is often the main determinant at the lower levels however talent and experience built up along the road often decides who makes it to the very top. Here is NOT the COMPLETE list but a good overview of what is on offer”  Written by Joseph Burton-Harris

Level Formula One INDYCAR V8 Supercars NASCAR
1 F1

  • Established: 1950
  • Engine: 1.6 litre V6 turbo, 16,000 rpm
  • Horsepower: 740
  • Top Speed: 350 km/h (220 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: 20
  • Number of Teams: 10
INDYCAR

  • Established: 1996
  • Engine: 2.2 L (2,200 cc; 134 cu in) DOHC V6
  • Horsepower: 700
  • Top Speed: 386 km/h
  • (240 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: 29
  • Number of Teams: 14

 

V8 Supercars

  • Established: 1997
  • Engine: 5.0-litre, naturally aspirated V8
  • Horsepower: 650
  • Top Speed: 300 km/h
  • (189 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: 25
  • Number of Teams: 15

 

Sprint Cup

  • Established: 1949
  • Engine: 5.86 L (5,860 cc; 358 cu in) Pushrod V8
  • Horsepower: 725
  • Top Speed: 353 km/h
  • (219 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: 44
  • Number of Teams: 21

 

2 GP2

  • Established: 2005
  • Engine: 4.0-litre normally-aspirated fuel-injected Mecachrome V8 engine
  • Horsepower: 612
  • Top Speed: 332 km/h
  • (206 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: 26
  • Number of Teams: 13

 

INDYLIGHTS

  • Established: 2002
  • Engine: 2.0L turbocharged AER P07
  • Horsepower: 450
  • Top Speed: 338 km/h
  • (210 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: 13
  • Number of Teams: 12

 

Dunlop Series

  • Established: 1997
  • Engine: 5.0-litre, naturally aspirated V8
  • Horsepower: 620
  • Top Speed: 295 km/h
  • (183 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: 25
  • Number of Teams: 19

 

Xfinity Series

  • Established: 1982
  • Engine: 5,800 cc (5.8 L; 353.9 cu in) Pushrod V8
  • Horsepower: 700
  • Top Speed: 330 km/h
  • (205 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: 40
  • Number of Teams: 21

 

3 GP3

  • Established: 2010
  • Engine: naturally aspirated 3.4-litre V6
  • Horsepower: 400
  • Top Speed: 285 km/h
  • (177 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: 27
  • Number of Teams: 9

Formula3                             

  • Established: 1950
  • Engine: 2-litre 4-cylinder naturally aspirated spec engines
  • Horsepower: 200
  • Top Speed: 290 km/h
  • (180 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: Unknown
  • Number of Teams: Unknown

Formula Renault 3.5

  • Established: 1998
  • Engine: 3.5 litre V6 Nissan VQ35
  • Horsepower: 480
  • Top Speed: 308 km/h
  • (192 mph)
  • Number of drivers: 24
  • Number of Teams: 12

 

Pro Mazda

  • Established: 1991
  • Engine: 1,300 cc (1.3 L; 79.3 cu in) Wankel rotary engine
  • Horsepower: 260
  • Top Speed: 273 km/h
  • (170 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: 32
  • Number of Teams: 29

Formula Atlantic

  • Established: 1965
  • Engine: Toyota 4AGE, Cosworth BDD, Mazda-Cosworth MZR
  • Horsepower: 300
  • Top Speed: 280 km/h
  • (175 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: Unknown
  • Number of Teams: Unknown

 

V8 Touring car series

  • Established: 2008
  • Engine: 5.0-litre, naturally aspirated V8
  • Horsepower: 620
  • Top Speed: 290 km/h
  • (181 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: 16
  • Number of Teams: Unknown

 

Camping World Truck Series

  • Established: 1995
  • Engine: 358in³ (5.8L) Pushrod V8.
  • Horsepower: 700
  • Top Speed: 308 km/h
  • (192 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: 36
  • Number of Teams: Unknown

 

4 Auto GP

  • Established: 1999
  • Engine: Gibson Technology ZA1348, 3400 cc, 90 degree V8
  • Horsepower: 550
  • Top Speed: Unknown
  • Number of Drivers: 11
  • Number of Teams: 7

Formula Renault 2.0

  • Established: 1991
  • Engine: Renault F4R 832, 4-cylinder, 16 valve, 1998cc
  • Horsepower: 210
  • Top Speed: 260 km/h
  • (162 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: 22
  • Number of Teams: 9

Formula 4

  • Established: 2014
  • Engine: Abarth 1.4L T-Jet, Fiat 1.8L E.torQ, Ford 1.6 & 2.0L EcoBoost, Geely G-Power JLD-4G20, TOM’s-Toyota 3ZR
  • Horsepower: 160
  • Top Speed: 210 km/h
  • (130 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: Unknown
  • Number of Teams: Unknown

NZ Toyota Racing Series

  • Established: 2005
  • Engine: 1.8L Toyota four cylinder 2ZZ-GE
  • Horsepower: 200
  • Top Speed: 230 km/h
  • (143 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: 24
  • Number of Teams: 5

Formula Masters China

  • Established: 2011
  • Engine: 1.4L FPT 414TF
  • Horsepower: 180
  • Top Speed: Unknown
  • Number of Drivers: 26
  • Number of Teams: 7

Formula Abarth

  • Established: 2005
  • Engine: Abarth 1.4L T-Jet
  • Horsepower: 210
  • Top Speed: 210 km/h
  • (130 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: 33
  • Number of Teams: 16
Formula Mazda

  • Established: 1984
  • Engine: Mazda rotary engine
  • Horsepower: 200
  • Top Speed: 260 km/h
  • (160 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: Unknown
  • Number of Teams: Unknown

USF2000

  • Established: 1990
  • Engine: Mazda MZR engine
  • Horsepower: Unknown
  • Top Speed: 242 km/h
  • (150 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: 20
  • Number of Teams: 11

Formula Enterprise

  • Established: 2002
  • Engine: 2.3L Mazda MZR
  • Horsepower: 170
  • Top Speed: 241 km/h
  • (150 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: Unknown
  • Number of Teams: Unknown

 

Formula Ford

  • Established: 1960
  • Engine: 1.6 litre Ford Duratec
  • Horsepower: Unknown
  • Top Speed: Unknown
  • Number of Drivers: Unknown
  • Number of Teams: Unknown

 

K&N Pro Series

  • Established: 1954
  • Engine: 358 cu in (5.8 L) Pushrod V8.
  • Horsepower: 650
  • Top Speed: 290 km/h
  • (180 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: Unknown
  • Number of Teams: Unknown

 

5 Formula Ford

  • Established: 1960
  • Engine: 1.6 litre Ford Duratec
  • Horsepower: Unknown
  • Top Speed: Unknown
  • Number of Drivers: Unknown
  • Number of Teams: Unknown

KZ1/KZ2

  • Established: 1983
  • Engine: 125 cc water-cooled two-stroke engine
  • Horsepower: 42
  • Top Speed: 170 km/h
  • (105 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: Unknown
  • Number of Teams: Unknown

 

 

Formula Ford

  • Established: 1960
  • Engine: 1.6 litre Ford Duratec
  • Horsepower: Unknown
  • Top Speed: Unknown
  • Number of Drivers: Unknown
  • Number of Teams: Unknown

DD2

  • Established: 2002
  • Engine: 125 MAX DD2
  • Horsepower: 34
  • Top Speed: 150 km/h (91 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: Unknown
  • Number of Teams: Unknown

KZ2

  • Established: 1983
  • Engine: 125 cc water-cooled two-stroke engine
  • Horsepower: 42
  • Top Speed: 170 km/h
  • (105 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: Unknown
  • Number of Teams: Unknown

 

DD2

  • Established: 2002
  • Engine: 125 MAX DD2
  • Horsepower: 34
  • Top Speed: 150 km/h (91 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: Unknown
  • Number of Teams: Unknown

KZ2

  • Established: 1983
  • Engine: 125 cc water-cooled two-stroke engine
  • Horsepower: 42
  • Top Speed: 170 km/h
  • (105 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: Unknown
  • Number of Teams: Unknown

 

Canadian Tire Series

  • Established: 2007
  • Engine: Carburetted V8
  • Horsepower: 610
  • Top Speed: 274 km/h
  • (170 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: 61
  • Number of Teams: Unknown

Whelen All-American Series

  • Established: 1982
  • Engine: Unknown
  • Horsepower: Unknown
  • Top Speed: Unknown
  • Number of Drivers: Unknown
  • Number of Teams: Unknown

Whelen Euroseries

  • Established: 2009
  • Engine: V8 Chevrolet
  • Horsepower: 450
  • Top Speed: 230 km/h
  • (145 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: 60-70
  • Number of Teams: 25-35

NASCAR Toyota Series

  • Established: 2004
  • Engine: 5.7 L (5,700 cc) (350 in³) V8
  • Horsepower: 400
  • Top Speed: 225 km/h
  • (140 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: 50-60
  • Number of Teams: 40
6 Formula Vee

  • Established: 1963
  • Engine: 1600cc
  • Horsepower: Unknown
  • Top Speed: 190 km/h
  • (120 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: Unknown
  • Number of Teams: Unknown

KF1/KF2

  • Established: 2000
  • Engine: 125 cc water-cooled two-stroke engine
  • Horsepower: Unknown
  • Top Speed: 140 km/h (85 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: Unknown
  • Number of Teams: Unknown

Senior Rotax

  • Established: 2002
  • Engine: 125 MAX
  • Horsepower: 26
  • Top Speed: 130 km/h (81 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: Unknown
  • Number of Teams: Unknown
Formula Vee

  • Established: 1963
  • Engine: 1600cc
  • Horsepower: Unknown
  • Top Speed: 120 mph (190 km/h)
  • Number of Drivers: Unknown
  • Number of Teams: Unknown

Senior Rotax

  • Established: 2002
  • Engine: 125 MAX
  • Horsepower: 26
  • Top Speed: 130 km/h (81 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: Unknown
  • Number of Teams: Unknown

 

 

Formula Vee

  • Established: 1963
  • Engine: 1600cc
  • Horsepower: Unknown
  • Top Speed: 120 mph (190 km/h)
  • Number of Drivers: Unknown
  • Number of Teams: Unknown

KF1/KF2

  • Established: 2000
  • Engine: 125 cc water-cooled two-stroke engine
  • Horsepower: Unknown
  • Top Speed: 140 km/h (85 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: Unknown
  • Number of Teams: Unknown

Senior Rotax

  • Established: 2002
  • Engine: 125 MAX
  • Horsepower: 26
  • Top Speed: 130 km/h (81 mph)
  • Number of Drivers: Unknown
  • Number of Teams: Unknown
NASCAR IRacing Championship

  • Established: 2008
  • Engine: Computer
  • Horsepower: Your Right Foot
  • Top Speed: 0 (computer screen)
  • Number of Drivers: 55,000
  • Number of Teams: Unknown

 

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