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GT = Gran Torismo or Grand Touring (archive)

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Posted by Karl on June 10, 1999 at 02:10:42:

In Reply to: Racing info. (long) posted by Praveen on June 07, 1999 at 15:16:28:

The GT designation should indicate a car with a roof. Generally, GT cars are the type built for high speed on long straight roads. Basically, where one definition of a sports car could be "any small agile car without a roof" an accompanying definition for a GT car would be "that same car with a longer wheelbase, a roof, and some creature comforts". The key is that the soul of a GT car is still centered around the automotive enthusiast, but it's understood that the differences that the GT brings, make it more suitable for comfortably covering long distances.

Races on road circuits in the US are still by and large for the fun of the sport. Often they are managed and operated by the Sports Car Club of America which is a member run organization (almost exclusively volenteer) People that compete in them don't become household names, and generally have other jobs (like owning a dealership or aftermarket parts business) In my opinion, this is still the best racing in the US. Big money racing, with profitable teams and full sponsorship include Winston Cup, Indy Car League, and CART (what used to be Indy car's only league) Unfortunately, the US is not very involved with F1 and we rarely see US drivers get involved or host a race. I reinforced this fact with my wife the other day when I asked 2 teenagers at the mall if they knew who Michael Schumacher(sp?)was... One responded, "No, is that you?" If I'm not mistaken, he's still the highest paid athelete on the planet.


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