1950s in motorsport
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This article documents the status of motorsports in the 1950s.
- Due to the rising popularity of stock car racing, the new Strictly Stock Series is established as the Grand National. The series becomes phenomenally popular, and attracts numerous domestic manufacturers.
- The Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Thunderbird become the first true American sports cars. Late in the decade the Corvette would adopt a V8 engine, and become heavily competitive in endurance racing.
- The Indianapolis 500 is added to the new grand prix schedule. It is later replaced with a United States Grand Prix in 1959.
- Phil Hill debuts in 1958.
- The SCCA National Sports Car Championship was first contested in 1951, America's first championship for sportscars.
- Grand prix racing returns after World War II temporarily halts automobile production. The new grand prix series is known as Formula One.
- The debut of driver Stirling Moss.
- The establishment of the World Sports Car Championship, composed mainly of endurance races such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
- The beginnings of the British Saloon Car Championship, now the British Touring Car Championship.
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