August 20, 2008

StockCarScience.com Review  

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I recently came across an excellent site called stockcarscience.com. I first heard about this site while listening to Dave Moody on Sirius Nascar radio. This site is run by a college Physics professor by the name of Diandra Leslie-Pelecky. Diandra has also written a book called "The Physics of NASCAR: How to Make Steel + Gas + Rubber = Speed." I haven't read the book, but it will be on my Christmas list.

Anyway, Diandra provides some excellent insight into various technical topics regarding Nascar racing. For example, she recently discussed the cause of the Goodyear tire issue at Indy, and just yesterday discussed the magnet scandal involving the Joe Gibbs Racing Nationwide teams. My suggestion would be to browse the blog topics, and also to click on the Science tab from the home page for starters.

If you are looking for pretty pictures, you won't find them at stockcarscience.com. What you will find are detailed technical discussions around Nascar technology. For instance, I wanted to know what the differences were between the restrictor plates used in Cup at Talladega and Daytona, and the tapered spacers used in the Nationwide series. I found the answer here, in a blog post that is quite technical, yet written so well that it is easy to understand.

Check this out for yourself. I think you'll be pleased.

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