Sunday, May 29, 2005
Sex and the Indy 500
From AOL SPORTS
(May 28) - Robby Gordon accused Danica Patrick of having an unfair advantage in the Indianapolis 500 and said Saturday he will not compete in the race again unless the field is equalized.
Okay, Robby, let's discuss your problem.
All Indy cars have to weigh the same. Then you add the driver. You, Robby, weigh 200 pounds. Danica weighs only 100. According to the article, her lighter weight means about one extra mph over the course of the race.
In a competition where increments can win or lose everything, the weight factor is something to consider.
So Robby, you probably want some dead weight added to Danica's car -- and anybody else's car for that matter -- insuring that all drivers weigh the same. Sounds good on paper except for one thing.
The strength factor. How are you going to equalize the strength factor now, Robby? At 100 pounds Danica is at a distinct disadvantage next to you.
That whole muscle strength is related to body mass thing.
Driving an Indy car around a 2.5 mile track at speeds over 225 mph isn't like driving the Camry over the speed limit on the thruway. There are massive G-forces in the turns that require considerable strength to overcome and maintain control of the vehicle. Again and again and again.
How are you going to equalize things for Danica? Are you going to make it harder for the stronger drivers to steer?
Weight factor versus strength factor. Six of one, half dozen of the other? By the next Indy race we may know.
Right now, some female has finally found a decent ride and she could win this thing, even though she's only a rookie. Isn't that the real problem here?
So give it a rest, Robby. You sound like you're whining. Just like a girl.