I'm looking into getting a gaming laptop. I know nothing about computers or what to get. Can anyone with some knowledge help me out?

When I say I know nothing I mean I have no idea what kind of graphics card, processor, etc. I should be looking for. Being a gearhead I have a tendency to play a lot of racing games if that makes any difference. I'm looking for a laptop in the $1200 or less range that can still competently play most games. Can anyone point me in the direction I should be looking, or better give some suggestions?

Muchas gracias in advance.