Figure 8 Racing
Figure 8 racing late 1940s at the Indianapolis Speedrome
Overhead shot of the track Indianapolis Speedrome
Night racing
Figure8WisconsinInternationalRaceway2006.jpg

Figure 8 racing is a form of banger racing in which automobiles race on a track that purposely intersects itself, increasing the risk of collisions. Figure 8 racing is most common and popular in the United States and Canada.

Track

Racing is done on a track shaped like an 8. The cars cross paths at the center of the 8, which is known as the "crossover" or the "X". Because of this layout, crashes are common. Figure 8 racing is a unique form of motorsport that requires strict attention to detail and timing to successfully navigate the crossover. In Canada, figure 8 racing often takes place as a part of demolition derby events. Two obstacles, often concrete blocks or vehicles are placed in the demolition derby ring to form a figure 8 track.

History

Figure 8 track racing began right after World War II, in the late 1940s. The track may have had an overpass so that the cars did not cross each others' paths. Most historians believe that the first track where drivers crossed paths was the 1/5 mile-long Indianapolis Speedrome.[1][2] The sport received nationwide publicity when it was frequently televised on ABC's Wide World of Sports in the 1960s, usually from Islip Speedway in Islip, New York.[3][4]

Vehicle

The cars used are often stock cars, but are usually modified for lightness and safety, by removing the window glass and often adding a roll cage.[5] A wing much like a sprint car is sometimes placed on the roof to increase downforce. The cars' bodies are typically made out of sheet metal. All manner of vehicles have been used. School buses have become popular, especially at county fairs, because of their extended exposure for crashes.[5]

World championship

The oldest operating figure 8 track in the United States is the Indianapolis Speedrome in Indianapolis. The track has been in operation since the 1940s. It hosts the annual World Figure 8 race, which is considered the world championship event.[6] The first three-hour endurance race was held in 1977.[7][8]

Notable figure 8 tracks

Many of these tracks have configurations that allow for both standard oval and figure 8 races.

Media

References

  1. ^ 3-Hour Figure World Championship 2004, John Stark, The Cheers magazine, 2004, Retrieved January 30, 2007
  2. ^ http://www.speedrome.com/3hour/history/3hourenduro-1977.html History of Figure 8 racing
  3. ^ http://www.figure8news.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=655 Figure 8 News
  4. ^ http://thegarageblog.com/garage/demos-dawn/ The Garage Blog
  5. ^ a b Barrett, Joe (August 14, 2010). "Hold Tight, Kids: School Bus Races Rock County Fairs". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2013. 
  6. ^ World Figure 8 Stats - Speedrome -Home of the World Figure 8 Championship
  7. ^ Suffolk Life Newspapers - A Night At The Track
  8. ^ http://www.gitrcheap.com/figure8usachampions.html Figure 8 USA

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