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At a basic level Formula One and NASCAR are all about cars going fast around a racetrack. It is rather simple when you put it that way. But when you dig down and investigate what makes each motorsport unique there are some quite glaring differences. Each popular type of racing has its own breed of speed, steering, and adrenaline. A glaring difference between the two is the look and style of the cars. Is you look at a Formula One (FORMULA ONE) car and compare it to lets say a Ford Mustang you will notice that a FORMULA ONE car has open wheels and is built to be optimized for the atmosphere of the track with its sharp nose; built to slice through the air and reduce resistance for the driver. FORMULA ONE cars also feature an open cockpit just like a World War One style fighter plane. The only thing remotely close to a FORMULA ONE car in look might be a Polaris Slingshot. NASCAR race cars are built to model cars that their automakers build for the public, i.e. Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, or the Toyota Camry. Both sports are experts at branding, and it is common practice in both to cover each car in sponsored logos.

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Speed is an integral part of racing, based on the special designed chassis used by each type of racecar, NASCAR, and FORMULA ONE cars are built to go “as” fast as possible. Note that some NASCAR tracks require cars to have a restrictor plate added to the car to slow the car down for safety. The average speed of a Formula One car is around 233 miles per hour or 375 kilometers per hour whereas a NASCAR car has an average speed of around 200 miles per hour or 320 kilometers per hour. Now for the average viewer a 33 mile per hour difference will not seem substantial as they zoom past you in real time. The advantage in speed for a Formula One car comes from its aerodynamic optimized design and its reduced weight.

Another big difference between NASCAR and Formula One is track design. NASCAR is famous for its oval tracks where the drivers will only turn left. However, Formula One racetracks can come in any design with any combination of left and right turns. Of course, at the end of the day both types of racing will ultimately form a loop and the drivers will do laps. As Formula One is known for speed NASCAR is known for its wrecks and bumper to bumper racing. Most if not all NASCAR races will include bumper to bumper action where drivers will grind up with each other as they jostle for position. In Formula One touching other cars is against the rules as it is extremely dangerous to the drivers due to the design of the cars. Both circumstances greatly change how a team in either NASCAR or Formula One builds a racing strategy. A common move in NASCAR on the final lap is to race your opponent hard and do what you can to bump them off their desired racing line. There is a lot of strategy that can also be put into racing if you choose to participate in Daily Fantasy Sports. That strategy can include looking into historical track data, track conditions, and which manufactures have performed well at certain tracks. For the best advice on who to pick each week you can check out.

Both NASCAR and Formula One feature pit stops where teams can ensure their car is ready to go for the whole race. However, they vary quite a bit between the two sports. In NASCAR teams, during a pit stop will get four new tires on their racecar, adjust the car, and/or refuel. An average pitstop in NASCAR can be around ten seconds. In Formula One race teams are only allowed to change tires at pitstops which make them much faster. Formula One cars do not need to refuel as they are more then half if a typical NASCAR race.

Overall, the strategy for each type of racing does vary in a big way. Formula One is largely based on “if you have the fastest car, you win”. Formula One teams pour large amounts of money into researching and developing the best ways to optimize their racecars because having the fastest car is the best way to win. NASCAR is different in that strategy can be more important then having the fastest car. NASCAR racing in turn is much more unpredictable then Formula One racing as it is as I mentioned earlier common practice to grind out races by any means necessary. To put that into perspective over a whole year there might be under 100 lead changes in a Formula One season, in a NASCAR races there could be 100 lead changes. Formula One and NASCAR are different in many ways, however, they both offer fast racing and a lot of excitement.