Champ Car racing is one of the most technologically advanced sports in the world today. And, other than space shuttles and jet fighters, Champ Cars are the most sophisticated vehicles that we see in common use.

Their carbon fiber bodies, incredible engines, advanced aerodynamics and intelligent electronics make each car a high-speed research lab. Because a Champ Car runs at speeds up to 240 mph, the driver experiences G-forces and copes with incoming data so quickly that it makes Champ Car driving one of the most demanding professions in the sporting world!

Have you ever wished you could go behind the scenes and really understand how Champ Car racing works? Where do these incredible cars and engines come from? How do the drivers become drivers, and how do they train for each race? Who is on the team, and who works on these cars before and during each race? What is happening in the pits on race day?

To answer questions like these and really understand how a complete Champ Car team works, we will learn about the car, the driver and the people that make up the Motorola PacWest Racing Team. In this edition of HowStuffWorks, you'll see everything that makes a Champ Car work through the eyes of the Motorola PacWest Racing Team!

Special thanks to the Motorola Racing Team for all of the help and information they have provided in creating this article!


Special thanks also to the PacWest Racing Group, CART and FedEx for their assistance!