Auto racing has the biggest fan following in the world. More fans attend car races than any other sport. And on this date in 1901 Henry Ford himself drove in a car race at Grosse Point, Michigan for the first and last time. Ford had a talent for building and promoting cars, but in the early years it wasn’t the practical uses of a car that attracted the most attention. It was the thrill of racing them. Ford had been building cars since 1896 and recognized that people enjoyed watching car races, so he decided to cash in his name as a race car builder and driver.