Motorsport's ruling body, the FIA, has been recognised by the International Olympic Committee.
The IOC recognition is provisional for a period of two years and it has invited the FIA to introduce an Athlete's Commission so as to make this recognition permanent.
"The FIA welcomes this recognition to join the Olympic family and confirms its commitment to participate in the activities of the IOC and its relevant commissions," said the FIA in a statement.
The FIA said president Jean Todt will be sending a letter to the 129 national sporting club members, inviting them to respect and share the values of the Olympic movement.
"I am delighted the FIA is now part of the Olympic family as this is a confirmation of the strength of our sporting credentials as well as a recognition of the values of Respect, Excellence and Friendship which we actively share with the Olympic movement," said Todt.