Best Motorsports Race (2020)


Note from 10Best: Some of these events have been canceled or postponed in 2020. Someday, we'll all be ready to pack our suitcases again and head out on our next adventures. In the meantime, we'll keep supporting the events that inspire us.

  • Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring

    Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring
    Sebring, Fla.

    Sebring International Raceway was originally an Air Force training base during World War II, but in the post-war years the base was bought from the US government and transformed into the cathedral of American endurance racing that it is today. Sebring hosts a twelve hour event in March that serves as one of the benchmark races to determine who has what it takes to win the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
    Photo courtesy of IMSA

  • SCORE Baja 1000

    SCORE Baja 1000
    Baja California, Mexico

    The SCORE Baja 1000 is a rally race from one end of the California peninsula to the other that changes configurations from year to year. Most of the time, the event consists of a point-to-point race from Ensenada to La Paz, Mexico, but a slightly shorter loop race beginning and ending in Ensenada is also a popular choice by organizers.
    Photo courtesy of SCORE International

  • Knoxville Nationals

    Knoxville Nationals
    Knoxville, Iowa

    Nicknamed "the Granddaddy of Them All," the Knoxville Nationals is considered the premiere title in sprint car racing (with the highest paying purse), held on the second Saturday in August at the Knoxville Raceway in Iowa. 
    Photo courtesy of Knoxville Raceway

  • Indy 500

    Indy 500

    Billed as the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, the Indy 500 has been a cornerstone of American sports for over 100 years and serves as one of the biggest races in the world, raking in nearly 300,000 spectators on race day. Average lap speeds of over 220 miles per hour also make this race the fastest circle-track event on our list. "It needs to be experienced in person," says Road & Track Editor in Chief Travis Okulski.
    Photo courtesy of Dana Garrett / IndyCar Series

  • Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

    Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
    Colorado Springs

    The second oldest motor racing event in North America, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has been held since 1916 and is a point-to-point race that begins at Mile 7 on the Pikes Peak Highway and ends at the summit after a 12.42 mile course that climbs almost 10,000 vertical feet. The track was once a mix of gravel and paved sections, but is now fully paved and Romain Dumas holds the course record at 7:57.148.
    Photo courtesy of JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images

  • BFGoodrich Tires Mint 400

    BFGoodrich Tires Mint 400
    Las Vegas

    The BFGoodrich Tires Mint 400, held each March, is one of the oldest and most prestigious off-road events in the nation. More than 550 race teams in over 80 classes compete in the two-day, 400-mile race through the rugged foothills of Las Vegas.
    Photo courtesy of Mint 400

  • Maxxis Tires "Casey Folks" Vegas to Reno

    Maxxis Tires "Casey Folks" Vegas to Reno
    Las Vegas

    “The Longest Off-Road Race in the United States” brings together motorcycles, quad bikes, UTVs, trucks and cars for a 550-mile race across the Nevada desert. The course runs point-to-point from Beatty to Dayton, with designated pit stops along the way.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / 4kodiak

  • Chili Bowl Nationals

    Chili Bowl Nationals

    Tulsa, Oklahoma two weeks after Christmas may not sound like the best place and time for a race, but the Chili Bowl Nationals fixes this problem by hosting its race indoors at the Tulsa Expo Center. Inside is the quarter mile dirt track where drivers from all disciplines hailing from Australia to Florida duke it out across four days of qualifying races and one A-Main event on the last day to decide the king of dirt for that year.
    Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Tulsa World, Stephen Holman

  • Rolex 24 at Daytona

    Rolex 24 at Daytona
    Daytona, Fla.

    Daytona hosts two of the biggest events in motorsports and they occur scarcely a month apart. The worldwide motorsports season unofficially kicks off in mid January, when the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship heads down to the winter haven of Daytona Beach for a grueling day long test of man and machine.
    Photo courtesy of IMSA

  • Motul Petit Le Mans

    Motul Petit Le Mans

    This October race at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta offers plenty of action for racing enthusiasts, including night racing, high-tech cars that reach speeds of 200 miles per hour on the backstretch and a track with plenty of spectacular viewing opportunities.
    Photo courtesy of IMSA

From F1 and NASCAR to IndyCar and IMSA sports car racing, motorsports offer high octane thrills in spades, as drivers push themselves and their vehicles to the limits. High speeds, tight corners and cars just inches apart trying to overtake the competition combine to create a nail-biting experience where high-speed crashes aren’t uncommon.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Motorsports Race are as follows:
  1. Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring - Sebring, Fla.
  2. SCORE Baja 1000 - Baja California, Mexico
  3. Knoxville Nationals - Knoxville, Iowa
  4. Indy 500 - Indianapolis
  5. Pikes Peak International Hill Climb - Colorado Springs
  6. BFGoodrich Tires Mint 400 - Las Vegas
  7. Maxxis Tires “Casey Folks” Vegas to Reno - Las Vegas
  8. Chili Bowl Nationals - Tulsa
  9. Rolex 24 at Daytona - Daytona, Fla.
  10. Motul Petit Le Mans - Atlanta

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning races!

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