Motor sports - Statistics & Facts

Motor sports comprise a number of competitive sporting events, principally racing, involving the use of motorized vehicles. Most commonly these vehicles are automobiles or motorcycles, but can include airplanes, drones, trucks, or even lawnmowers. The International Automobile Federation (FIA) is the governing body for auto-racing worldwide while the global governing body for motorcycle racing is the Federation of International Motorcycling (FIM). Auto-racing is ranked among some of the most popular sports in the U.S. Globally, annual sponsorship spending in motor sports amounts to over 5 billion U.S. dollars.

The two sets of vehicle classes for auto-racing motor sport competitions are open-wheel and enclosed-wheel racing. Globally, open-wheel racing is championed by the “Formula” series, while in the U.S. the pinnacle of open-wheeled racing competitions is the Indy Car series, the jewel of which is the Indianapolis 500. Among motor sports race teams, Ferrari is the most valuable Formula 1 team brand with revenues of around 455 million U.S. dollars generated in 2015. Other leading Formula 1 teams include Ferrari and McLaren. In terms of race wins, Germany’s Michael Schumacher is the most successful driver in the history of Formula 1, as well as by number of world championships won, and number of podium finishes. RedBull is the leading motor sport sponsor, having invested 110 million U.S. dollars into motor sports in 2016.

Enclosed wheel racing include sports car racing, stock car racing, and touring car racing. NASCAR is the preeminent organizer of stock car racing and is one of the world’s most valuable sports event brands. The highest valued NASCAR team is Hendrick Motorsports, while the Daytona 500 is stock car’s highlight event. The brand value of Daytona 500 in 2016 was 133 million U.S. dollars and in that same year TV viewership for Daytona 500 in the U.S. stood at around 11.4 million.

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