Well, now that I have your attention. Today marks the 55th running of NASCAR’s Daytona 500. This is a first with a Woman Pole sitter in Danica Patrick. I suppose I am confused about the hoopla. Women have been around poles for YEARS. 😉
But I digress. This is about the foolishness of those who do not watch but claim not to like NASCAR for … wait for it … because it’s “just left turns”, “cars going in circles”. 2 things: It’s NOT just about those left turns, and they are usually OVALS, dammit!
The components involved in the making of a great driver include the owner, crew chief, pit crew and driver. Any one of these components to have a glitch during the race, (sans owner), can end that race in a second. It’s tactics, mechanics, accuracy, skill and a little luck.
And you can’t forget the importance of the little things: When to pit, tires, no tires, how many tires, fuel or no fuel, change to the chassis, how to reserve what fuel you have? I am sure I have lost some of you by now. So to simplify it, try going 190 mph for a mile or 2 for fun… easy enough? Now do it with 42 other cars at a feathers distance from you.
Yes, I am a BIG fan. And that took some doing. I was a most reluctant New Yorker, but had a great friend walk me through it. And once I learned, understood, and saw the type of athletes these men, (and now women), are I was hooked.
This is a sport I not only love, but respect. I sense the respect for its fans is mutual.
Maybe you will think I am the fool. But I know better. Watch a race with someone who loves the sport. I think it can be contagious. Perhaps you will love it too. And to those who do… ENJOY the 2013 season. I know I will.