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  •  I apologize for the disparagement. (2+ / 0-)
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    The skills exhibited in NASCAR are amazing.

    But it encapsulates America's self indulgence. No attempt at fuel economy, no attempt at kinetic energy recovery systems. Parking lots full of Hummers and dually pickups that only go to the store and the race track.

    No public transit. You either drive a Dodge Charger to the many acres wide parking lot or you get laughed at. Yeah, I guess I do disparage NASCAR.

    I know IRL isn't NASCAR but I wish Danica Patrick or Simona de Silvestro would make the jump to F!. Yes F! is crazy expensive  but at least you walk the pedestrian bridge to the track or take public transport.

    Also, an F! car pulls more G's in every direction than NASCAR. Forward, backward, and sideways, F1 pulls more G's.

    Reaganomics noun pl: belief that government is bad, that it can increase revenue by decreasing revenue, and unregulated capitalism can provide unlimited goods for unlimited people on a planet with finite resources.

    by FrY10cK on Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 04:15:47 PM PDT

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    •  We all need something (1+ / 0-)
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      to keep us from going crazy, even if it is not completely politically correct.  Oh well........  And BTW, I drive a 4 cylinder, stick shift PT Cruiser.  It is all good.

      "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

      by gulfgal98 on Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 05:08:47 PM PDT

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    •  Pulls gs, But not downward (1+ / 0-)
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      ' cause NASCAR races on banked tracks and turns left, so they don't care as much about lateral G. I'm a long time Sports car driver including Formula cars (on flat tracks). The tracks make the difference. And yes, I've driven at Pocono and Texas World Speedway, and it's weird driving on a 10-15 degree banked track if you're set up for the level infield....And NASCAR doesn't like to use brakes a lot or race in the rain, those poor guys....

      Without geometry, life is pointless. And blues harmonica players suck.

      by blindcynic on Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 05:27:01 PM PDT

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      •  I"ve driven some nice sports cars (0+ / 0-)

        (that I didn't own) but yeah, driving on a banked oval must be a real different experience. It's the sliding off part that scares me.

        F! has some really nice tracks now. No fatalities since Senna in 1994. Before that? Let's just say don't go looking for F! crashes on youtube unless you have a strong stomach.

        Reaganomics noun pl: belief that government is bad, that it can increase revenue by decreasing revenue, and unregulated capitalism can provide unlimited goods for unlimited people on a planet with finite resources.

        by FrY10cK on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 12:58:40 PM PDT

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        •  Sliding is not the problem (0+ / 0-)

          if you're not sliding (drifiting) in corners you're not going fast enough. But on a given track (let's say TWS College station ) where the sports car course is (was) half infield, half banked, you can't possibly adjust the suspension the right way, so you cope with the other half. and when It rains (like the last time a I raced there) it's totally crazy. but you cope. At least everyone else in your class is probably in the same boat (boat=useful if it rains in south Texas).

          I hated, but liked rain, because it caused most other drivers to slow down, whereas I could just accept being out of control on slicks most of the time (out of control means being able to make it thru each corner gracelessly somehow, but faster than the guy behind me... which wasn't always a guy...I've raced against, and taught some very talented women).

          But yes, F1 crashes are awesome. I wish I had 1m$ for crash security as opposed to 1k for a roll cage and $450 for a fuel cell, but there you are... Marketing....

          Without geometry, life is pointless. And blues harmonica players suck.

          by blindcynic on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 10:42:21 PM PDT

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