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Auto racing (a.k.a. automobile racing or car racing) is a sport where cars compete against one another in a race. Its origins date back to late 19th-century France; the first known race, starting in Paris and ending in Rouen, France, was contested in 1894.
There were many variations of the sport pre-Doomsday; two of the best-known codes were open-wheel racing and stock car racing. Open-wheel racing's most popular series were the Formula One Series, contested primarily in Europe, and the U.S.-based National Championship, overseen in its final years by the United States Auto Club and Championship Auto Racing Teams. The most famous open-wheel race, the Indianapolis 500, was sanctioned by the USAC.
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) was the dominant stock-car racing series in the U.S., especially in the southeast.
On Doomsday, NASCAR was racing at Martinsville nine hours before the launch, which is southeastern Virginia ATL, meaning drivers who stayed in the area survived DD. National Championship drivers were getting ready for their next race two days later at Brooklyn in Michigan, which would sadly be the area between ATL Toledo and Superior that was nuked. Lastly, the Formula One series would've been racing the next day at Brands Hatch in OTL southeastern England, so they survived because that area is ATL Southern England or Essex.
Auto racing all but ended after Doomsday. Local series in Brazil and Australia were resumed in the early 1990s. There are two open-wheel circuits currently contested - in Brazil and in the ANZC - and both are on a limited basis. However, they have been successful in terms of fan interest and television ratings, leading to serious talk about resuming the Formula One series as the world's open-wheel series.
In August 2009, officials from the Brazilian and ANZC series joined entrepreneurs from Brazil, the United American Republic, Venezuela, Singapore, Indonesia and the Celtic Alliance in Rio de Janeiro, to formally discuss resumption of the Formula One series. The group decided to form a corporation, called World Open Wheel Racing (WOWR), to advance the sport globally, beginning with an experimential open-wheel series in New England and in Brazil in 2011 using ethanol engines. The WOWR also named Brazilian racing legend Emerson Fittipaldi as its commissioner. The WOWR holds the copyright for Formula One, and announced in March 2010 the formal resumption of the series for 2013, with one date in Australia; one in Mexico City; and the remaining dates in South America. Long-term plans include races in Japan, Singapore, Europe and Texas.
Stock car racing has resumed on a limited basis as well, with series in Mexico and the ANZC run by American refugees (neither series has taken off, due in part to restrictions on fuel usage by government officials looking to conserve oil). Mexican observers in the newly discovered American survivor states of Blue Ridge and Piedmont report that stock car racing has been contested off and on for the past several years. The Virginian military has held races (along with other sports) to keep up their morale. The ticket sales are one of the biggest sources of income for the Virginian military. The Virginians have restarted the Winston cup, which was reinvented as an Le Mans-style endurance race. The race starts in Martinsville, East Virginia and ends in Cape Girardeau.