NASCAR, is short for The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. It happens to be an American family owned business, that governs auto-racing events.
It was founded in 1948 by Bill France Sr, then in 1972 Bill France Jr took over. In 2003 Brian France (Bill Jr’s son) became the CEO of the company.
NASCARs official headquarters are in Daytona Beach Florida, but they also have offices in Charlotte, Concord and Conover located in North Carolina.
They also have regional offices in Los Angeles and New York, and international offices that are located in Mexico City and Toronto, Canada.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the Xfinity Series and the Camping World Cup Series are the three largest racing series sanctioned by this company.
Altogether NASCAR sanctions about 1500 races. These races take place at over 100 tracks, located in 39 of the 50 US states.
NASCAR has also presented some exhibition races in Japan, These were held at the Suzuka and Motegi circuits.
As well as Japan NASCAR has presented races in Mexico at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit. And in Australia at the Calder Park Thunderdrome.
In terms of television viewers and fans in the United States, NASCAR is second only to the National Football League.
And when it comes to international television over 150 countries broadcast these races. In fact of the top 20 regularly attended sports events this company dominates 17 of them.
In 1979 Daytona 500 became the very fist 500 mile race to be telecast in it’s entirety live. In 1981 New York city became NASCAR’s new city for the awards ceremony, so for the first time it was not held in Daytona Beach.
Then in 1982 the idea was born to build big races. They could bring the series together with all the big regional stars for all the races.
As the 1990s began no one could of imagined the growth NASCAR would experience. Without question it was one of their most exciting times.
Later that decade NASCAR introduced full sized pickup trucks in a new series called the NASCAR Craftman.
NASCAR’s 50th anniversary was held in 1998. The celebration honoured NASCAR’s past, present and future. And they expanded again to Las Vegas.
In 2013 NASCAR debuted it’s Gen-6 car with enhanced body’s resembling show room cars. They also secured television rights until 2024, with NBC Universal and 8years extension with FOX.
Who would of thought that car racing would become one of the most popular and most watched events.