The Ten Most Important Races Ever Held In AmericaAaron Brown12/17/15 11:00amFiled to: answers of the dayrace trackseventsaotd1159EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkMotorsports can be found in little cracks all over the United States, but only some events can be considered truly international. For mainly historical reasons or for their crazy stories, these ten racing events have become the ten most globally important ever held in America.10.) America’s First RaceAmerica’s first race was held in Illinois back in 1895. It was sponsored by the local Chicago Times-Herald newspaper and named the Chicago Times-Herald Race. The race was used an attempt to nurture and grow the little seed that the automotive industry was in its early days as well as generate readers for the main sponsor.AdvertisementThe race’s course was 54 miles long. It started in Chicago, IL, went out to Evanston, IL, and then returned back to Chicago. Because of legal issues, cars not being built on time, and poor weather, the race ended up being postponed once. When the Thanksgiving race day actually came, there were recorded snowfall levels of up to 24 inches on the ground. Only six out of almost 80 competitors made it to the starting line and just two finished.The winner was recorded to have maintained an average speed of 7 MPH and cleared the course in seven hours and 53 minutes.AdvertisementIts two-car finish number might not seem like much, but to many this race was to be considered a major success, just because it actually happened. German-built cars constructed by Karl Benz were on the entry list, among American car builders such as Elwood Haynes and Charles Duryea. That was just about as international as it was going to get back in 1895. Suggested By: bmw325_num99, Photo Credit: via Wikipedia9.) United States Grand Prix At Watkins Glen InternationalWatkins Glen hosted Formula One in the 1960s and ‘70s, a time when the series reshaped the world of motorsport in terms of speed, safety, and prestige. Reader Kerberos824 can explain Watkins’ role in that process:SponsoredWhile it’s not on the calendar anymore, Watkins Glen F1 races were pretty big races for America in the ‘60s and ‘70s. They also claimed the lives of two F1 drivers, Helmuth Koinigg and Francois Cevert. Also unfortunately Phil Hill, an American who won the ‘61 championship, missed the opportunity to race in front of the home crowd because Ferrari opted to not race at Watkins following the death of their driver at Monza the race prior.Lot of history at Watkins. Suggested By: Kerberos824, Photo Credit: AP Images8.) Bonneville Speed WeekFor over 100 years the name Bonneville has resonated both inside and outside of the motorsport community as official place you go if you want to go fast. There’s nowhere else like it in the world.AdvertisementOn its salt flats located in the middle of Utah, speed records are made and records are broken, both on the regular. It’s just what happens on the Salt Flats.Suggested By: infinityedge, Photo Credit: Brennan O’Keefe via Flickr7.) Daytona 24For many teams and race fans the Daytona 24 is considered to be the first big motorsport event of the year. With the track shared between Daytona Prototypes and various GT cars for 24 hours straight, the racing is grueling, amazing to watch, and like very few other events that take place in America.AdvertisementBack in the ‘60s when it was more on top of the international racing platform, the Ferrari community was so proud of taking a 1-2-3 finish at Daytona ‘67, that their 365 GTB/4 road car was unofficial nicknamed Daytona. Suggested By: 365Daytonafan, Photo Credit: Getty Images6.) 12 Hours of SebringIn the 2015 IMSA Tudor United Sports Car Championship the 12 Hours of Sebring came right after Daytona. And by “right after,” I mean almost three months later in March with no other racing in between. This of course leaves a good amount of time for testing, and uh, a whole lot of race teams attempting to pick up where they left off after the 24 hour enduro. It’s quite the spectacle.It’s a shame that the FIA’s World Endurance Challenge LMP1 cars don’t compete in the 12-hour like they have in the past. It seems like the cars and the teams both love it. Maybe just not the course’s world famous suspension-rattling surface that rattles the car to hell.