The Formula 1 vs. Sprint Cup Quiz


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Do you prefer your race cars with open wheels and aerodynamic wings, or with full fenders racing on oval tracks? Find a new appreciation for "the other side" with this Formula 1 vs. Sprint Cup quiz.

Which series debuted in 1946?

The first race held under the Formula 1 rules was the Turin Grand Prix in 1946.

Which series had a lower-ranked division of supercharged cars called the Voiturette division?

The Voiturette division eventually became Formula 2.

Which series was dominated by V10 engines in the early 2000s?

V10 engines offered Formula 1 teams a compromise between horsepower and fuel efficiency.

In which series are pit stops completed in about 12 seconds?

A Sprint Cup pit stop requires athleticism and skill to get the car in and out of the pit stall in 12 seconds.

In which series is refueling during the race banned?

F1 cars run an entire race on a single tank of fuel, improving pit safety and eliminating fuel-saving strategies as a way to win a race.

Which series' championship was won by Mario Andretti in 1978?

While Andretti did compete in NASCAR races, winning the Daytona 500 in 1967, he won the F1 championship in 1978.

Which series allows only six crew members (with a seventh later in the race) over the wall during pit stops?

The limit on crew members over the wall and refueling speed means Sprint Cup pit stops are unlikely to get much faster than 12 seconds.

The cars use turbocharged engines in which series (as of 2016)?

F1 reintroduced turbocharged engines in 2014.

Which series' cars generate between 700 and 800 horsepower?

The horsepower of Sprint Cup cars is artificially restricted to improve competition and safety -- as of 2016 the engines output 725 horsepower.

Which series began racing at Austin, Texas, in 2012?

F1 began racing the U.S. Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin in 2012.

Cars that are capable of producing well over 3,000 pounds of aerodynamic downforce race in which series?

The aerodynamic design of an F1 car produces so much downforce one could theoretically drive upside down in a tunnel at high speed.

Which series' championship has car owner Rick Hendrick won 11 times (as of 2016)?

Hendrick won six of his 11 Sprint Cup titles with driver Jimmie Johnson.

Which series' championship did Michael Schumacher win seven times?

Schumacher won two F1 titles in the mid 1990s, then dominated the series from 2000 to 2004.

Which series' championship was won by a car powered by a Ford engine every year from 1968 through 1974?

Several different drivers in various makes of car won the F1 title from 1968 to 1974, but all of them had Ford engines.

Which series last suffered an on-track fatality in 2001?

The last driver to be killed in a Sprint Cup race was Dale Earnhardt in 2001.

In which series did Jim Clark race in the 1960s?

The British Clark won in the Indy 500 once, but he's known as one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time.

Which series' championship was won by a Toyota in 2015?

Kyle Busch drove a Toyota to the Sprint Cup championship in 2015, the manufacturer's first Sprint Cup championship.

Which series drives exclusively on road and street courses?

A Formula 1 race has never been held on an oval track.

Which series has 21 races on the schedule for 2016?

Because the teams travel all over the world for races, F1 doesn’t always race every week during the season.

The top speed record for one of the series is 212 mph. Which series?

Bill Elliott set the 212 mph top speed record for Sprint Cup in 1987. The record for an F1 car is over 230 mph.

Which series has raced more times at Watkins Glen International Speedway?

F1 raced at the Glen 20 times between the 1960s and 1980s, but the Sprint Cup series has raced at Watkins Glen 33 times (as of 2015).

Which series was dominated by McLaren in the 1980s and early 90s?

The McLaren factory team won seven F1 championships between 1984 and 1991.

In which series did Cale Yarborough compete in the 1970s and 80s?

Yarborough won three Sprint Cup titles in 1976, 1977 and 1978.

Which series didn't allow fuel-injected engines until 2012?

The 2012 Daytona 500 was the first Sprint Cup race to allow fuel injection.

Which series uses a drag reduction system to increase top speeds and increase passing opportunities?

In predetermined zones on the track, an F1 driver can activate DRS, flattening the wing angle to reduce drag and increase speed.

In which series does a virtual safety car restrict speeds during on-track incidents?

Formula 1 introduced new procedures to slow cars while track crews are clearing prior incidents following the death of Jules Bianchi in 2014.

Which series uses standing starts, in which the cars accelerate from stationary positions when the initial green flag is given to begin the race?

F1 uses standing starts, while all Sprint Cup starts are rolling starts, with the cars moving at reduced speed prior to the waving of the green flag.

Which series uses the "green-white-checker" rule, which may cause the race to run for additional laps if there is a late caution?

Sprint Cup's green-white-checker rule is intended to prevent races from frequently ending during a caution period, since fans prefer to see cars race to the finish.

Which series uses a beneficiary rule, allowing the first lapped car behind the leader to regain a lost lap during a caution period?

NASCAR implemented the beneficiary rule, sometimes known as the lucky dog or free pass, in 2003.

Which series uses an elimination qualifying system?

F1 introduced elimination qualifying in 2016. During qualification sessions, slower drivers are gradually eliminated until the fastest drivers compete for the top qualifying positions.

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