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I have a friend interested in games with this theme so thought this might be a good place to look/ask and sort out those that get the checkered flag from the others.
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1. Board Game: Formula Dé [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:577]
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This is the only one I know of and would appreciate any comments on this one (and how it compares to others you may suggest).
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2. Board Game: Formula Dé Mini [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:2284]
Tim M-L
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This is a slightly simplified and smaller version of Formula De. I like it a lot.
 
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3. Board Game: Das Motorsportspiel [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:2126]
Neil Carr
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This one has gone down as my favorite racing game. I comes with a huge sprawling map, cool detailed cars, and an interesting real time system.

You use a timer to play the game to keep things moving. You only have about 30 seconds to perform a turn and so the game rolls along at a tense pace.
 
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4. Board Game: MotorChamp [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:4979]
John Di Ponio
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This game is like the one above except it is Formula 1 racing as opposed to touring cars. You use the same timing system to keep play moving!!!
 
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5. Board Game: Daytona 500 [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:1334]
Tom Weadock
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Now OOP (but available on ebay quite cheaply -- I bought my copy, without rules, for $5 + shipping), this is quite a fun game. The two twists to this one are (1) at the beginning of each race, you bid for a car, hoping to acquire one that matches the strength of the cards in your hand, and (2) most cards that you play involve moving more than just your car.
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6. Board Game: Monza [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:1874]
Robert Zurfluh
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This should be your child's first race-car game.
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7. Board Game: Speed Circuit [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1635]
Gordon Robinson
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This game is long out of print which is a shame because it is my favourite car racing game. I have only played twice each with 6 players. It has been a blast with a real feel that you are making "racing" decisions.
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8. Board Game: The Stock Car Championship Racing Card Game [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:3857]
Danny Holte
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Fullerton
California
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This, along with Speed Circuit are my favorite racing games.
 
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9. Board Game: Pitstop [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:8768]
Darrell Hanning
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Jacksonville
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This is one I just had to have, when it came out. The ability to make just about any F1 track was too irresistible.

But...the system for consuming fuel and tires, as it stands now, is a little too capricious and feels artificial. For one thing, fuel consumption should be pretty consistent, and it isn't. (In the real world, teams can predict fuel consumption down to the last full lap of fuel with about a 99.99% accuracy rate.) All the randomness of this in the game does is force the hand of the victimized players to be more desparate (i.e., use more tire wear) than the less victimized players.

Still, I'll hold onto this game because I'm sure I can make a better system for the cars (one of these days), and I'll still have this terrific system for building tracks.
 
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10. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:314]
Ryan Olson
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Auburn
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One of my favorites, and the only one of my Favs not yet on the list.

Expensive, but great fun for everyone, kids & non-gamers included.
 
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11. Board Game: Ausgebremst [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:3587]
Frank Branham
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Duluth
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This is my favorite racing game. It is basically advanced Ave Caesar, but with a hand of two cards. It has a LOT of choke points and some very tricky choices.
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12. Board Game: Formula-1 [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:3013]
Frank Branham
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This is my other favorite racing game. The core system is identical to Speed Circuit. The big difference is that there are event cards and a couple of action cards which keep the races from being as predictable as Speed Circuit.

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13. Board Game: Top Race [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1580]
Nathan Beeler
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Seattle
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I have not played many race car racing games, but I love this one. It has the added advantage of being made my ASS - well, that's an advantage if you've a juvenile mind like I do.
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14. Board Game: Alan Jones Formula 1 Grand Prix Racing Game [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Back in the days when there were less maps we played every map back to back
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Ooh a little higher, now a bit to the left, a little more, a little more, just a bit more. Oooh yes, that's the spot!
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It may not be a great racing game and given the number of listed owners it may be exceedingly difficult to find, but it is an Australian racing game and co-designed by Aussie Formula 1 racing champion Alan Jones!

I mean really what more could you ask for?

Well I suppose you could ask for an Australian track, but the game predates the return of Formula 1 racing to Adelaide before it was moved^H^H^H^H^H stolen by Melbourne meeple
 
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15. Board Game: Bolide [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:2648]
Antonio Spazzali
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Milan
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Absolutely new! No dice and no cards move the car. Very high level of simulation. The dice provides only meteo conditions and extra performances. Why don't you try it?!

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16. Board Game: Speedway Racing [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
Nello Cozzolino
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stock car racing
If you are a dice-hard racing fan,
you must play this game

tons of fun
 
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