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Discussion in 'The Tiki Bar' started by Arizona240DA, Nov 15, 2009.
Now 1/8 of a mile...
I would have loved to race the vintage rides like the Auto Union and the open wheel cars of the days before I was born....Otherwise all I can think of is a field of fans hanging out in travel trailers and a bunch of people yelling "drive it like you stole it Ricky Bobby"..(realize its not like this)..... ..
I agree however, that you need to understand the "whole picture"
It would be much more interesting if they'd put the beer stand in centerfield... Or race during the rain, sissies...
How many mullets can you count in that photo :smt043Going to a nascar race is like stepping back into the 90's.
Real racing these days does not involve asphalt, attend a Baja etc. and you'll see what I mean.
A couple years back I drove a detuned (650 HP) stock car at the Richard Petty driving experience at Gateway International raceway in Illinois. What impressed me more than just the speed and power was the handling. Turns 1 & 2 at Gateway are extremely tight, and we would go into them at about 100 MPH. For the first couple laps, I kept expecting to lose the back end - I kept thinking that if I turned the wheel another inch the car would spin, but it obviously never did. Although my buddy went into the turns too high about half way through his run and almost ate the wall - he never broke 100 MPH after that, he was too busy checking his britches.:grin: We got to about 145 - 150 down the back stretch and hit turn 3 at about 120. I almost ran into my pace car in turn 4, I lost track of where we were and statred to accelerate when I was only supposed to be maintaining speed. Only had to do that once to decide it wasn't a very good idea!
If you ever get the chance to do it, I highly recommend it. All the instructers said Gateway was the hardest track to drive, but Indy was the best mix of top speed and driving.
15 years ago I got my first chance to go to the 500. I didn't really want to go watch a bunch of cars turn left. But seeing it in person was a whole different thing - it was absolutely awesome!!! Plus there was much nudity - quality nudity - in the infield. What a race and party combined!:thumbsup:
I saw an Auto Union run the hill at Goodwood with Sterling Moss driving it. That thing is a beast!
You are right- Gateway looks very tight when you see it in person. I have not seen a race there- I was there watching the Mopar drags next to the oval a few years ago.
Its Woody (Ted Danson) from Cheers!
Wouldn't it be cool if they would have a NASCAR race on an interstate loop around a major city? Imagine 10 laps around I-285 in Atlanta or I-485 in Charlotte. You could close it off for a day and space out the pits. Televise the whole thing from blimps. Drivers would just have to deal with the potholes and uneven surfaces. Cities could use the money from the television rights to do the needed repairs. The best tracks could bid on the rights for the next years race....just like the Olympics. :grin: