Drivers began racing cars nearly as soon as they were invented. According to AutoSport.com, the first attempt at organizing a race occurred in Paris in 1887. However, only one entrant showed, so credit for the first, actual race belongs to a Paris-to-Rouen competition in 1894. It took only slightly longer for the racing to catch on in America. “The first car race in the United States took place in Chicago in 1895. That first race took place on a 53-mile (85km) course and took over 10 hours to complete this Race according to sources.