On the heels of a successful season, it’s time for a look at the most important races of the year and how each one stacks up to the rest.
The Austin 500: It’s no secret that the 400 is one of the most difficult races on the calendar, and the drivers who make it through are among the most sought-after.
In addition to the fact that the race itself is so tough, the drivers will have to compete against the likes of Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez in the rain, as well as the likes the McLarens Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen.
Superstock 600: Superstock, the series that took the concept of a street circuit and built it into one of NASCAR’s most iconic tracks, has been struggling with declining ratings for years.
In 2014, the season opener at Texas Motor Speedway was cancelled after one of its teams announced that they wouldn’t be returning for 2017.
F1’s New York Grand Prix: The only race on the list that has not yet been won is the New York race.
The last time it was won was in 2011, when Daniel Ricciardo was on the other side of the track for the win.
Indianapolis 500: The Indy 500 is not only the most prestigious race in the world, but it is also one of only two races on a calendar that can’t feature a Formula One team.
That means that there is no way the fans who turn up for the race will be able to see drivers racing at the top level.
Pit Bull Memorial: The race is not as important as the winner, but as the only race that is not on the grid for the entire season, the pit crew and drivers will also have to do their best.
Indy 500: Will a driver be able make it to the end?
If so, it could be the first time since the inception of the sport that a driver will not have a championship trophy.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: While it has had some success this year, the top-tier Sprint Cup series will not be able be crowned without some drama.
In 2016, it was revealed that Chip Ganassi was set to race in 2017 after he was unable to pass his contract with Stewart-Haas Racing.
However, the driver was eventually replaced by Kurt Busch and was given the title of Sprint Cup champion.
Star Race: In the wake of the retirement of Dale Earnhardt Jr., it was announced that NASCAR would replace him with Dale Earnham Jr. in the Sprint Cup standings, and it was only fitting that the first race in his new job was at Daytona International Speedway.
Nissan Indy 500: Nissan’s first race on an open course since 2014 will be a test of the new generation of hybrid technology that is currently being developed in the United States.
Race of Champions: A race that can be called anything but boring.
The races are filled with exciting storylines that are set up to attract fans, but the main event is usually dominated by the drivers competing against each other for the title.
Ohio State Fiesta: The Fiesta is the biggest event on the NASCAR calendar, but that doesn’t mean that the drivers have to focus on just one event to be successful.
The team that owns the race, the Nationwide Series, runs it with an emphasis on the cars, so there’s a focus on all the different elements of the car, from the chassis to the suspension, all the way up to whether the drivers are racing in a full race car.
Nationals Home Run Derby: The home run derby is one that NASCAR fans are accustomed to, and while it is a huge event that takes place on the weekends, there are no real storylines to be had in terms of winning.
In fact, one of my personal favorites for this race is that the last four-time winner of the Derby, Mickey Redmond, didn’t win this year.
Liga MX Grand Prix at Estadio Azteca: The best-of-three series is not just the best of the best, but one of baseball’s best as well.
The games are played in Mexico City and there are three different stadiums that are used to host them, but what sets the games apart from other games is the fact they feature some of the top players in the game.
International Auto Show: The biggest show of the season for automotive enthusiasts is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The show has become synonymous with the IndyCar series and is one the most talked-about events in sports.
Grand Prix of St. Petersburg: The first round of the Russian Grand Prix will be played in St. Pete.
It’s an important race for Russian drivers, but since it’s the second round