Can You Match the Vehicle to the Racing Series?

Robin Tyler

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About This Quiz

Since the invention of the automobile, people have got into them and wanted to race! 

In the United States, the earliest ever record race was Chicago Times-Herald race, held in 1895. Just six cars were featured. The race offered a prize of $5,000 which in today's money is around $150,000! It was a princely sum at the time, that is for sure. The race was won by Frank Duryea's Motorized Wagon, which completed the 54 miles in a little over 7 hours. Ricky Bobby sure would not be impressed at those speeds.

But that was the start of it all! And the rest, as they say, is history.

The most famous race in America is certainly the Indy 500, first held in 1911, the both the Indy Car Series and NASCAR have huge followings in the States but perhaps not worldwide. Overseas, Formula One is king and it is recognized as the pinnacle of motorsport on the planet. These cars are simply technological marvels!

But that is just the tip of the iceberg. So many other forms of racing exist including endurance racing, rallying, open-cockpit racing and much more.

But would you be able to identify the racing series by just looking at a picture of the vehicle? It's not that simple! Take your time and good luck!

This car dominated the racing series it drove in during 2004. What series was that?

One of the most dominating cars ever built in Formula 1 history, the F2004 helped Michael Schumacher to 12 wins in the first 13 races of the season. He went on to win his seventh world championship by the end of the season.

Can you name the popular American racing series this vehicle participated in?

In 2008, Jimmie Johnson's Chevrolet Impala served him well. On his way to the NASCAR championship that year, Johnson won seven times and recorded 15 top-five finishes. He also became the second driver to record three consecutive championships after Cale Yarborough.

Can you tell which racing series this vehicle participated in?

By 1959, NASCAR was changing. The 1959 Oldsmobile driven by Lee Petty secured him the first-ever Daytona 500 but only three days later after a photo finish and much deliberation.

Finished in traditional British racing green, this vehicle participated in which series in the mid 2000s?

The racing version of the DB9, there is no denying that the Aston Martin DBR9 looks incredible in its British racing green. It participated in the Le Mans series.

What famous race did this car win in 1924?

The beautiful Duesenberg Special was the first car with a supercharger to win the Indy 500, in 1924.

In the 1950s, this vehicle was practically unbeatable. In which racing series did it participate?

Introduced in 1950, the Alfa Romeo 158 won every race it was entered into that year and 47 of the 54 races it contested in its lifetime. It was driven by Juan Manuel Fangio during his championship winning year of 1951.

Can you name the American racing series this vehicle drove in?

After they moved out of the rally circuit following the demise of Group B racing in the mid-1980s, Audi turned their attention to something new. The result was the 90 GTO which raced in the IMSA championship in the United States. Although it did not win the championship, it did come close with Hans-Joachim Stuck at the wheel.

One of the most watched racing series in America, this vehicle participated in ______?

In 2006, Jimmy Johnson won his seventh NASCAR Cup Series championship driving the dark blue Monte Carlo SS sponsored by Lowe's.

The _______ was dominated by this car at the turn of the new millenium. It won four times in five years.

One of the most successful sports car racing models ever, the Audi R8 LMP dominated the Le Mans 24 hour event at the turn of the 21st century, winning in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005.

Do you know what race this car would have taken part in?

A winner in 1939 and 1940, the Maserati 8CTF was the first car to record back-to-back wins at the brickyard.

In which famous American car race series did this car participate?

This No. 6 Dodge Charger was ridden to the NASCAR Cup Series championship in 1966 by David Pearson, and also contributed to his 105 overall wins, the second highest in NASCAR history.

This car was driven by Sebastien Vettel in the ______ ___ championship.

The last of the V8 engined cars in Formula 1, the Red Bull R9 helped Sebastien Vettel to the overall crown. The German won 13 of the 19 races he entered.

This model won an amazing seven of this particular champion type around the world. Can you name the race series?

One of the most adaptable racing cars ever seen, the BMW E30 M3 won seven touring car championships around the world, two rally championships and even was successful as a hill climber.

The racing series this vehicle features in is called _____?

The Miller Life Buick Regal of Bobby Allison sure was a pretty-looking car back in '88. Sadly, Allison was involved in a massive smash at Pocono that not only nearly killed him, but ended his career.

Often called the pinnacle of motorsport, name the racing series this vehicle starred in.

Incredibly, this Ferrari was used in Formula 1 from 1975 to 1980 with minor upgrades each year. It won 27 races, three driver's crowns and four constructors championships. Not only a classic, but a phenomenal winner. Niki Lauda won two championships with this model, in 1975 and 1977.

Identify the racing series that this car would have taken part in.

The Lotus 38, with Formula 1 driver Jim Clarke behind the wheel, became the first mid-engined car to win the Indy 500.

This vehicle raced in European _______ _____ championships.

A coupe in the Grand Tourer class, the E9 was produced by BMW from 1968 to 1975. It helped to put BMW on the racing map as it was very successful in touring car events around Europe. Around 30,000 were built in total.

Do you know which racing series this vehicle participated in?

Tony Stewart recorded his third and final NASCAR title in 2011 driving the red Chevrolet Impala. It was a hard-fought win decided at the final race of the season.

Do you know the name of the racing series this vehicle participated in?

This race car was built by Cadillac to race in the American Le Mans series. The cars were built between 2000 and 2002 before General Motors scrapped the idea to focus on their Corvette racing program.

Name the world championship that this vehicle participated in.

The first and only time a driver has won a world championship in a car that bore his name was in 1966 when Jack Brabham and his Brabham BT19 won the world championship.

This strange-looking car was a contender in which racing series in the 1960s?

The Breadvan... yes, well look at it. It does look like a delivery van of sorts. This was a Ferrari 250 GT modified by a privateer, Count Giovanni Volpi, for his Scuderia Serenissima racing team. And it almost beat the Ferrari racing team at the 1962 Le Mans endurance race. While 4th overall and ahead of the 250 GTs of the Italian marque, the Breadvan suffered engine failure.

The Indy 500 is a famous race in this series. Do you know the name of it?

Juan Pablo Montoya has won the Indy 500 on two occasions. His first victory came in 2000 and this second, and last, in 2015, driving a 2015 Chevrolet Indy Car. He holds the Indy 500 record for the most years between victories.

Can you name the racing series this car took part in?

The first generation of the GT40 won the prestigious Le Mans 24-hour endurance race for four straight years from 1966 to 1969, which included filling out the top three positions in 1966. Only 105 were produced.

Name the famous American racing series this car participated in around 30 years ago.

In 1990, Dale Earnhardt raced to his fourth NASCAR Cup series championship driving the jet-black Chevrolet Lumina sponsored by Goodwrench.

Cars were starting to change when this vehicle won a prestigious racing series first run officially in the early 1950s. Can you name it?

The second car other than Ferrari that was built outside of Great Britain to win the world championship, the Matra MS80 also featured small wings. It was driven by the great Jackie Stewart.

Can you tell us which race this car participated in?

Powered by a turbine designed for a helicopter, the STP-Pratt and Whitney Turbine dominated the 1967 race only to fall out with mechanical trouble.

This vehicle took part in only a handful of races ,where reliability is key. What type of racing did it take part in?

The Ford P68, also known as the F3L, was a prototype race car built in the United Kingdom. Despite its incredible looks and racing potential, it proved to be very unstable especially at high speed. It never won a race it entered.

This car was the champion vehicle of an American racing series that still goes on today. Can you name the series?

The winner of the first NASCAR championship ever, Red Byron drove a 1949 Oldsmobile and won two of the six races he entered.

What yearly championship did this vehicle take part in?

Until the Lotus 72C appeared in 1970, Formula 1 cars were fairly bulky. The 72c was far more aerodynamic thanks to its wedge shape. Jochen Rindt became the only driver to win the Formula 1 championship posthumously after he died in a race before the end of the season.

Another famous racing series saw this car participating. It usually takes place on oval tracks. Can you name it?

After stints a range of racing series' around the world, including Formula 1, Alexander Rossi joined the Indycar series in 2016. Incredibly, Rossi won the Indy 500 in his debut season after starting 11th on the grid in his Honda Indy car.

Only a true racing fan will know the series that this vehicle took part in during the early '50s. It is one of the most popular still in the United States today.

Early NASCAR racing saw drivers using stock vehicles, hence the term, stock car. The Hudson Hornet was so dominant that if you were not driving one, you didn't stand a chance of a NASCAR win, no matter how talented a driver you were.

Some legendary drivers have raced in this racing series, including Alain Prost. Do you know the championship we are talking about?

After almost winning the world championship in 1984 (he lost out to team-mate Niki Lauda), Alain Prost become the first Frenchman to claim the crown thanks to the McLaren MP4/2B

You often need two or three drivers to take part in this type of race. It is tiring. Can you name the race type?

The LF-A from Lexus has entered a number of endurance races including a 24-hour event at Nurburgring in 2008.

This strange car was only allowed to race once in America's favorite form of racing. Can you name the race series?

The "Banana Car," a modified Ford Galaxie, was driven at only one race during the 1966 NASCAR season, as it was banned thanks to all the changes made. Fred Lorenzen was leading that race only to wreck the car before the end.

Oval tracks are the order of the day (along with some street circuits). What racing series are we talking about?

In 1996, the Reynard Ford set the fastest ever lap of the famous Brickyard at Indy, clocking 236.985 mph! It was driven by Arie Luyendyk.

What championship did this car participate in?

The first turbo charged car to win a Formula 1 championship, the Brabham BT52 was also the first and only BMW-powered car to claim this prestigious title. It was driven by Nelson Piquet.

These races often take place during the day, into the night and the following day as well. What series did this vehicle then race in?

The fastest car in a straight line at Le Mans in 1978, the Porsche 935/78 Moby Dick (OK it does look like a whale from the side) clocked 228 mph. That didn't help much and the 935/78 only finished 8th.

This is a famous American racing series that takes place on tracks that are normally ovals. Do you know the name of its most famous race?

The Eagle-Offenhauser was the first car to run a rear wing at the Indy 500. It brought victory for Dan Gurney in 1972.

Many, many laps are driven during one of these races. Do you know the type of racing we are talking about that this car would have featured in.

In an effort to defeat the Ford GT40 domination at Le Mans in the late '60s, Enzo Ferrari introduced the 300 P4 in 1967. It was a formidable race car, winning at Daytona as well as Monza. The GT40s, however, had its number at Le Mans though and continued their winning streak.

Do you know the famous race this car took part in?

Designed by legendary F1 designer John Barnard, the Chaparral-Cosworth 2K produced incredible downforce. With Johnny Rutherford at the wheel, it won the Indy 500 easily.

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