NASCAR » Johnson award backs founder's belief in drivers as 'athletes'

The image of a racecar driver hasn't always lent itself to inclusion among the world's elite athletes. Jimmie Johnson is helping to change that....

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Frank G

December 30, 2009 4:42 PM

And a little more technology...
Suspension - ban the live axle... live axle? what's that?
Carburators? Not even sure I can still spell that word.
Push-rod engines?
Tubular chassis?
Come on, give me a break!
Learn from the DTM...

Oh, yes...please turn right

Don - Unregistered

December 30, 2009 6:58 PM

Well, they do race on two road courses - Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen. I'd like to see more also.

It takes more athletic skill and conditioning to race on road courses than ovals, but driving ovals on the ragged edge requires real driving talent. Just ask Juan Pablo Montoya and numerous other world class drivers finding out that driving one of those beasts is pretty difficult. And the drivers in NASCAR are pretty good. I bet Michael Schumacher would have a hard time driving one and competing against 42 other cars.

Matt - Unregistered

December 30, 2009 7:52 PM

Is Juan Pablo Montoyas car equal to the winners cars? Is his team equal to their teams? Maybe they don't know how to set up his car for him. I don't watch NASCAR so I am not sure. If his car/team is not equal, then that would be a contributing factor in him struggling. There's a lot of variables involved.

By the same token, how would the top NASCAR guys fair in F1?

Personally I think all motorsports require their own unique approaches and each have their own nuances that need to be learned.

Frank G

December 31, 2009 12:31 AM

Sure it's not easy but 42 cars on a 1/2 mile track or 3/4 mile track is an accident waiting to happen.... not racing in my opinion... more of a show...
I love DTM ...maybe we could have a less expensive version of it but in my opinion tha's the way to go... even WTC

bibro - Unregistered

December 31, 2009 8:16 AM

Banked corners at 200+kp/h is going to generate g force, you suffer that for 500 miles and you are going to get tired. If you are not fit you will just not make it to the end of the race!
The cars may appear primitive but they give decent racing. Nascar seems to try and alter its rules to benefit everybody. Nobody in Nascar has lost sight of the fact that its the spectators/fans of the sport that pay the bills and that, if the show is not good, no bums on seats!!!

phil - Unregistered

December 31, 2009 11:49 AM

Road America is also supposed to be included in next season (or 2011 can't remember which).

DTM cars also run a Tubular spaceframe chassis as well...

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