Many forms of motorsport like drag racing, sprints, hillclimbs and others only require a 'speed' licence. You said so in your post.And Mr Sports Roof what exactly is not real racing about Drag Racing?
Circuit racing requires a racing licence which is a bit more involved. That is simple fact. The Motor Sports Association (MSA) sets these standards.
Opinion is different and to me, and many others, two vehicles racing from standstill over a very short distance is not much of a race. Never more than one car next to you.
No corners to test driver skill.
Only done in good weather conditions
Only done in dry weather conditions
Only done on straight, level, smooth track
If it helps, I did spend years myself drag racing so I can speak from experience. I loved drag racing when I first went to see it and for years afterwards but the novelty wore off and I saw how badly it was run. Many of my friends found the same thing and it turned them off it. Racing is much better run and far more fun but I realise we are not all the same. I need more than a few 11 second drag passes a weekend for my money and effort, even Sprinting puts you on track for longer in ONE run than a weekend of drag racing, and you normally have 5 or 6 runs in a day. Racing puts you on track for longer in one day than 2 or 3 years of drag racing!
Don't get me wrong, if you enjoy drag racing, go for it. But I started because everyone said Musclecars were made for it, and they can't be made to handle etc. I would like to think that now, US car owners could make a more informed choice and realise that drag racing is not the only option.
I'll do a deal, no more knocking drag racing from me and nobody calls circuit racing 'roundy-round' which seems a common term used on US car forums.