Different Types of Auto Racing

The first car race in the U.S. took place in Chicago in 1895, before most people had even seen an automobile. The average speed was seven miles an hour. As if to bring the tradition back full circle, the NASCAR Cup Series is planning to reintroduce professional racing to the streets of Chicago this summer.

Drag racing is a tried-and-true tradition in this country. If you’ve ever been to the Indianapolis 500, then you’ve personally witnessed the world’s largest single-day sporting event. But racing isn’t just for pros. There are tens of thousands of drag racing teams throughout the country, all of them investing time and resources into perfecting their sport.

Main Types of Car Racing in the U.S.

Times are changing. Racing is increasingly attracting a more diverse audience, including a large proportion of women. And LS engines are playing an important role in this expansion, broadening the number of people who can participate. 

The beauty of this popular pastime is there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re competing or riding shotgun for the camaraderie, just consider the vast difference between some of America’s favorite types of races:

  • Formula One (F1)

  • IndyCars


  • Amateur “Endurance Racing”

  • Street, Off Road or Drag Racing

On some oval tracks, cars can race at an average of over 230 mph. But racing is quite different for most folks. An endurance race is won by the driver who covers the longest distance in the allotted time frame. Naturally, most amateur races take place on less polished roadways. It's no surprise that on street courses, the speeds tend to be much slower due to the curves and turns of the track.

LS Engines Often Used in Drag Racing

LS engines are a common way to retrofit and improve aging cars – both for drag racing and off-roading. So it’s no surprise the LS engine is attracting so many racing enthusiasts. An LS1, LS6, LS3 and L92 cylinder head can all work well on an LS2 engine. In other words, they are a flexible solution for adding power wherever it’s needed. Thanks to their block architecture and improved technology, they are delivering horsepower that is cheaper and more accessible than ever. 

Midwest American-Made LS Engines for Auto Racers

There’s a reason LS engines have such a loyal fan base – including among racers. And, currently, the only place in the US where you can get entirely American-made engines is at ICT Billet in Wichita, Kansas.

  1. A professional swap is simple.
  2. Drivers can easily get support for their modified engines.
  3. Working on recycled engines is cost-effective. 

Most LS rebuilds get about 100 more horsepower compared to similarly modified small-block engines. It’s not just that the engines are superior. Swapping out an outdated engine is also favorable to a growing number of people looking to improve their performance (and maybe win a race or two).

How and Where to Race

Generally, you don’t need much more than a valid driver's license and insurance to race legally in this country. But it helps to build up one’s skills gradually using a vehicle with an engine that can handle the tough demands of a race. A familiarity with personal safety equipment is also crucial in racing. Take a look at some of the tracks and dragways in the Midwest alone and what else to know before hitting the road.

Swapping Out Your Old Engine? Get Parts & Accessories at ICT Billet.

When you swap your old engine for an LS engine, that enhanced performance gives you the opportunity to make other adjustments necessary to handle a racetrack. However, there are some important considerations before swapping out any engine. It's always best to work with an expert LS engine service provider who will ensure you get the best match possible. 

You don’t need to be Speed Racer to want the best performance out of your vehicle. Reach out to ICT Billet online or give us a call today. Manufacturing all our products in-house, we carry an extensive LS parts inventory so that finding the right parts won’t be a problem. We look forward to helping you get the engine of your dreams!

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