Auto racing is a fun an exciting sport whether you're behind the wheel yourself or merely a spectator. Indeed, racing has a huge, devoted following that keeps getting bigger every year. Professional and amateur racing alike combines speed, drama, and suspense. It's no wonder racing continues to rise in popularity - racing is totally cool! The largest professional racing institution is NASCAR, but Formula 1 car racing isn't far behind. NASCAR involves stock cars and is the most popular type of racing in the United States. Other kinds of auto racing are drag racing, off road, Targa, rallying, touring, and sports car racing to name a few. These are all highly competitive sports with their own rabid fans. Of course, street racing is very common, especially in urban areas. Amateurs with a need for speed (mostly young men) typically gather late at night to participate in illegal and dangerous street races. Auto racing includes other vehicles such as trucks, motorcycles, vans, dirt bikes, go karts, and golf carts. Basically, anything with an auto engine can be turned into a device for competitive racing.