posted on Dec, 27 2003 @ 11:42 PM
Probubly no more point than CASCAR (the canadian copy)
To say that all you need to know to drive NASCAR is know how to drive a car,...
Is like saying all you need to know to play football, is how to carry a football.
You might not get it, or even care, but it is far more in depth and physical than you may imagine.
Lets say you are going down the highway, at seventy miles per hour in your own car.
No better yet, lets say you were going almost three times that speed, with 42 other cars doing the same, within one inch of you, and all around you.
The one in back is trying to spin you into the wall, the ones on the side of you are rubbing doors to tires, to keep you from passing. The one in
front keeps tapping his break (no break lights) and dodging in front of you to keep you behind. The lap traffic, slow and in the way, and a rookie,
unstable and jittery, in front of you, close to taking out the whole field. And you do this for 4 or more hours with no break. The air conditioner is
broken, and its 140 degrees in the car. You lose, you may lose your job, mid season. You wreck, your wife may lose her mate.
The difference between Racing and other sports is,...
everything else is just a game.
there are no time-outs,
there is no half time,
no penelty box to rest in,
no team mates in the car with you,
no padded goal posts, just cement walls,
no second chances.
And if you do go 'out-of-bounds,...you aint coming back !
Yes, football is a tough mans sport, each clocked minute takes what,...15 minutes to play it out, their play lasts only seconds before the next two
minutes of preperation, and if he pulls a groin muscle, he might miss a couple of games...lol
Having driven a couple of real NASCAR cars at real NASCAR tracks, I can tell you for sure, it is NOTHING like driving your regular car, on a regular
road, with regular motorists around you. Nothing.
You are planning a half a lap in advance, at up to 200mph, for the whole time of the race, while experiencing the conditions described above. One
mistake going into turn three, will put you in danger in or out of turn 4.
You got an itch or gotta spit, like in baseball, well,...you just gotta wait a few more hours before you can. You gotta pee,...the bladder bags.
Anything else...deal with it.
IF you were to be involved in a wreck, and hit the wall.....
Yes this is the cool part you like....
NASCAR cars do not absorb energy like F1 or Indy etc. Instead the only thing that has absorbtion properties is the meat matter contained by a five
point harness and a hans device (keeps your head from snapping, and your neck breaking.) and this harness isnt designed for comfort, as you smak the
wall. Instead as the car suddenly goes from 170mph and then to an instantaneous almost-stopped condition as it hits the wall or another car, the fluid
like mass that makes up the body is still going 170mph, untill the restraint system stops the body from moving forward. You probubly will never
imagine the feeling the submarine belt gives, in this same scenario.
The human driver body will experience up to 80 G-forces instantly, as the belts system grabs the skin and bone and keeps it firmly in the seat.
What other sports can exert 80 g's on it's participants, and yet have them walk away most of the time?