If you’re anything like me, you’re sick of people asking you why you watch NASCAR or Formula 1 or whatever satiates your need for speed the most. It’s not like I ask my friends why they like watching a bunch of guys standing around on a baseball field for three hours. To each his own, right?
Anyway, I decided I’d had enough of the constant harassment and figured I’d put together a list of five solid reasons as to why racing cars is more important than ever:
1. Trickle-Down Technology
The goal of racing, for the drivers and their teams at least, is to win a race. To do this, engineers and designers are constantly trying to devise cars that are faster, have more torque and even have better lights. Car manufacturers such as Audi and Porsche are constantly trying to build better machines. For example, Audi debuted a racecar that had LED lighting way back in 2011. Fast forward to this year, and the R18 E-tron features laser lights, something drivers say significantly enhances visibility. These benefits ultimately get passed down to the cars regular guys like you and I drive.
2. Enhanced Safety Measures
In today’s nanny state that is America, it’d be hard to have a sport keep existing if racecar drivers were perishing every few weeks on the track. Sure, accidents happen from time to time, but it’s pretty amazing when you stop to think about how few deaths there actually are on the racetrack. That’s because car manufacturers work to make their cars safe as can be. And like the technology that trickles down, so too do the safety features.
3. It’s Thrilling
Of course, if you’ve never been to a track to see a race, there’s a good chance you won’t understand it. But being there on the track — and hearing the cars whizz and whirr for hours on end — is something entirely different. Those sounds will never be adequately captured on television. So if you’ve never seen it, you can’t knock it. Simple as that.
4. It’s an Escape for Fans
Back to baseball: Pretty sweet sport you guys got there, right? Bunch of overweight dudes running slower than leaky faucets, “adjusting” themselves and slapping buttocks? Of course, baseball is the American pastime. I don’t knock on it. I watch racing because it’s even more entertaining. Just like any other form of entertainment, it helps me escape. What’s wrong with that?
5. Lots and Lots of Money
OK, at the very least, you can always talk about the economy. Believe it or not, NASCAR alone generated $3.1 billion in 2013. That’s a lot of money, and it pays a lot of people — not to mention while helping our government collect a whole lot of tax revenue. When you really stop to think about it, racing fan or otherwise, the country really relies on the industry, like it or not.
Hopefully you can keep some of these tips in mind so that, the next time one of your buddies invariably gives you a hard time, you’ll have the ammunition to put him in his place. Good luck!
Article submitted by Scott Huntington
The Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts is set to take place at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday 28 June 2014. Consisting of 267 laps, the race covers a distance of 400.5 miles. Kyle Busch won the inaugural event in 2011, with Brad Keselowski winning in 2012 and Matt Kenseth in 2013. For more information on this exciting event visit www.kentuckyspeedway.com
Date: 28 June 2014
Venue: Kentucky Speedway
Automotive enthusiasts will definitely want to be at this fantastic convention. Some 400 Ferraris are expected to be in attendance. Included in the schedule is a two day track meet to be held at Palm Beach International Raceway, followed by the Tour of Palm Beach. A major highlight is the Concorso d’Eleganza, during which some 150 Ferraris will be judged on elegance and originality by international experts. There will be a number of delightful events in the evenings, so attendees are assured of an exquisite six day convention.
For entry forms and more information, please visit the Cavallino website.
Date: 18 to 23 January 2011
Venue: The Breakers Resort Hotel
City: Palm Beach
Country: United States of America
Auto racing has been getting a lot of flack in recent years for not being terribly environmentally friendly. Now it seems that this facet of sport may potentially have a lot to offer the average man on the street in terms of preserving our fast-degrading environment. Green Racing may ultimately help lessen the environmental impact that cars have on our ozone.
In a new type of auto racing known as ‘green racing’, the winner doesn’t only have to be fast – he has to be green as well. But that doesn’t limit the action or excitement. Instead it serves to improve the eco-friendly options available to the man on the street. According to John C. Glenn, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) specialist, this new type of racing may actually have a huge impact on the technology used in street cars. Automobile technology generally develops at a much faster rate in race cars than it does in street cars. This technology is then carried over to and used in street cars. When the emphasis changes from simply going fast to having more energy efficient engines powered by cleaner-burning fuels, the shift in technological advances also changes. This is one of the most positive effects that Green Racing has on every-day car usage. Glen also noted that people tend to base their choice of car on popular race cars. He said: “They see cars racing on the track, and that’s the kind of car they want to buy.”
It was that sort of thinking that lead Glen and other EPA members to develop the concept of Green Racing. Plans where set in motion as early as 2006 and in 2008 the American Le Mans Series race was the first to feature the Green Challenge. The trend is set to continue this year, with Michelin sponsoring the Michelin Green X Challenge in only a few months time. The prize winners will be determined by three main factors, namely: the amount of petroleum displaced by alternative fuels, the amount of energy used and the amount of greenhouse gas emitted by the vehicle. However, in trying to making racing more eco-friendly event organizers certainly haven’t left much room to slow things down – the average car will still make 200 mph! The Green X Challenge is the only racing series in the world where the cars are actually permitted to be powered by an alternative fuel. And, with current problems faced by the economy combined with the continued green-house gas effect, people are more and more likely to embrace this healthier approach to auto racing.
This is the final stage of the thrilling Formula One Grand Prix series, so don’t miss it.
Date: November 1st, 2009
Venue: Yas Marina Circuit
City: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Country: United Arab Emirates