The history of Podracing was lost to history, as it evolved from hundreds of different racing sports developed on uncountable worlds across the Outer Rim Territories. When Podracing modernized circa 100 BBY, the Podracers themselves had been standardized by the racer Gustab Wenbus. A type of repulsorlift craft, called pods for short, Podracing was dangerous and Podracers were known for their fearlessness and ability. Podracers weren't just racers, but also mechanics responsible for building and maintaining their own Podracers.
A unique culture developed around the sport and the Racers who dared to participate. Racers developed a reputation for being roguish outlaws with a swagger that intimidate some and riled others looking for a fight. Rugged and self-made, similar to the gladiators and warriors of the past, Podracers spat in the face of death. Master engineers, skilled with their tools, and thrill seekers, these individuals competed at both the professional and amateur levels across the galaxy despite the sport's illegality.
Most Podracers were of small species, such as Fluggrian, and the more dexterous the easy time they would have in controlling their pods. Almost entirely non-Human, the demands of piloting the craft were not well-suited to the Human frame. Species of multi-limbs like Xexto, or of a more dexterous species, like the Dugs, were the most capable and able Podracers. The young Human, Anakin Skywalker, was the first Human to ever win a race in 32 BBY, and among only a handful of his kind to ever compete in the big leagues.
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