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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-17-04 10:21 PM
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143. No, there are different kinds of cars
Race shops will build different cars for different conditions. The car you run at Talladega is not the car you run at Martinsville. Talladega is an aerodynamics track. At Martinsville, the last guy with brakes left wins the race, and at Watkins Glen you have to set the car up to turn both left and right. Chicago is a weird track; it doesn't have a long straight section, so you're dealing with complex turns. Rockingham requires a great deal of tolerance for worn-out tires because the track is so rough.

Okay, scenario: You, I and Kamika are Nextel Cup drivers. You have a Chevrolet, I have a Ford and she has a Dodge. She and I are running side-by-side and need an aero push from another car to get to the front. Your mission is to get past either Kamika or I, then pass HawkerHurricane (who's also in a Chevy) to take the lead. Your car drafts better with Dodges than with Fords, but last week you bumped Kamika on the way to the front and she may still be pissed off about that. Do you get behind me and hope quality driving will overcome my being in a Ford, or do you get behind Kamika and hope she doesn't decide to side-draft off my car in an attempt to keep you back there?
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