Fans sign Dale Earnhardt's trailer at the Virginia 500.

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Have you ever wondered how race cars get to the track? You don't see them cruising down the highway or caught in surface-street traffic. That's because racing teams almost always tow race cars in customized trailers to events.

A race car is an expensive piece of equipment. It has to be in top condition when the driver gets behind the wheel. Driving the race car outside of a competition would cause wear and tear on the vehicle that could affect the outcome of a future race. It's to the team's advantage to use a trailer and reduce the strain on the vehicle.

While it's probably safe to say that all racing teams prefer to tow their respective race cars to events, not all teams use the same equipment. Racing team trailers come in a wide range of sizes and styles. Some are light enough for a pickup truck to tow. Others are so large and heavy that nothing short of a semitruck can do the job. And it's not a level playing ground -- a new racing team might not have the resources to buy the same kind of trailer an experienced driver like Jeff Gordon uses. We'll take a look at the different kinds of trailers within this article.

Some racing team trailers have few features and are really only good for transporting a car. But others have amenities that can rival a five-star hotel room! We'll examine the range of trailers from simple platforms to rigs that can serve as both a mobile garage and living quarters.

We'll also look at what you need to know if you're going to tow a racing team trailer. Towing any sort of trailer can be difficult and stressful. When you're towing an expensive high-end racing vehicle, the pressure is even more intense. Even something simple like making a turn can become a difficult maneuver.

First, let's start by looking at some basic trailer specifications.