Nascar Racing Facts You Probably Didn’t Know
NASCAR, which stands for National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing has been America’s premier auto-racing event since its inception in 1948. It ranks as the second most popular sporting franchise in the US after the NFL. It is also one of the most interesting sporting events in the world thanks to its intensity and fan culture. This article will outline some of the fascinating facts about NASCAR and how the races are conducted.
How many sets of tires are used in a Nascar race?
The number of tires each team is allowed to use during a race is between 9 and 14 sets. This number varies for each circuit and is adjusted based on the total length of the circuit and the nature of the track being raced on. For example, in 2016 NASCAR limited the number of tires per team to 5 sets in the Sonoma track but allowed up to 13 sets per team in the Atlanta races. If you multiply this by the number of cars that participate in each race (43), the total number of tires used comes to between 1548 to 2408 total tires per race.
How much gas is used in a Nascar race?
The average fuel consumption for racing cars in NASCAR is 5 miles per gallon. The average distance that these cars cover during a single race is 500 miles. This means that each car consumes over 120 gallons per race (including the practice laps). Considering that a total of 43 cars participate in each race, the total amount of gas consumed by all cars is about 6000 gallons in each race.
How much does a Nascar jack weigh?
The hydraulic jack used to lift cars in NASCAR races weighs 20 pounds. Despite their relatively small size, these jacks are capable of comfortably lifting stock cars weighing over 1.5 tons in less than two seconds.
How do Nascar drivers go to the bathroom during a race?
NASCAR races often take over 4 hours to complete. During this period, a driver may need to visit the bathroom. Going to the bathroom during a race is allowed, but drivers rarely do this since it also costs the team valuable time. The drivers instead limit their fluid intake before races to ensure that they don’t get the urge to pee during the race.
How do Nascar drivers keep cool while racing?
Stock cars involved in NASCAR racing have their air conditioning systems removed to reduce their overall weight. These cars also have their windows sealed shut. As a result of this, the interior cabin of these vehicles can get extremely hot and stuffy during races. To make the drivers more comfortable, their cars are fitted with an improvised ventilation setup. The hose on top of each driver’s helmet is part of this ventilation system that supplies cool air from outside the car and blows it directly into the driver’s helmet to keep him cool.
Where do Nascar mechanics and pit crews sleep?
Pit crews have to be stationed near the race track to ensure that they are always accessible whenever they are needed. NASCAR pit crews usually sleep in a hotel close to where the races take place. If there are no hotels close by, race team owners have to rent RVs for the crew to sleep in.
Why does Nascar cars use restrictor plates?
All cars taking part in NASCAR races are required to have restrictor plates fitted in their engines. This is a specially designed aluminum plate that reduces the amount of air and fuel getting into the engine. This ultimately limits the car’s top speed. These restrictor plates are installed mainly due to safety concerns. In the earlier years, competing vehicles frequently got involved in high-speed crashes at over 200mph. This led to a call for speed management to prevent both drivers and fans from potentially fatal accidents.
Why does Nascar cars use ethanol?
NASCAR vehicles are powered by a specially formulated fuel called E15. This fuel contains 85% gasoline and 15% ethanol. E15 has been used in all NASCAR races since 2011. This fuel produces a higher power output from the engines while also reducing total carbon emissions during races.
Why do Nascar cars use carburetors?
Carburetors are rarely found in modern cars since the development of more efficient fuel delivery systems. NASCAR vehicles however still use carburetors in their engines. The main reason for this is because carburetor engines are much easier to inspect compared to other fuel injection systems. This makes it easier for NASCAR personnel to ensure all cars are operating within the set guidelines for engine configuration.
Why do nascar drivers weave (zig zag) during caution?
It is a common sight to see racecars weaving in a zigzag pattern during a caution in NASCAR races. The reason drivers do this is to maintain the temperature of their tires by creating friction even as their cars slow down. This ensures that the tires are still hot when the racing restarts. If tires cool down, a lot of drag is created when the car picks up speed again. This significantly increases the total time that the car will take to accelerate to its top speed.
Why Doesn’t Nascar Race in the Rain?
NASCAR races are usually stopped when the rain starts falling. There are several reasons why this happens. The first is that the tires fitted on these racecars have very little grip and are not designed to race in wet conditions. A slippery racetrack surface resulting from rain presents a huge safety risk. Another reason would be that rain reduces visibility. This would not only prevent fans from getting a good view but also complicate the pit crew’s task of keeping tabs on the race.
Why are nascar tracks oval?
NASCAR racetracks are mostly designed in an oval shape with the exception of a few. The reason for this is because oval tracks allow the cars to negotiate tight corners without the need for significant braking. This ensures that the races are as entertaining as possible for the fans watching the races.
Why are races always run in a counterclockwise direction?
In all NASCAR races taking place on oval tracks, the cars follow a counter-clockwise course. This means that the cars can only take left turns during the race. This rule is usually followed to enhance the safety of the drivers. Since American cars are typically left-handed, only making left turns ensures that the driver constantly has a good view of the whole track. Racing in a counter-clockwise direction also reduces the chances of the driver getting seriously injured if they crash into the concrete barrier protecting the fans. This is because the barriers are always located on the right side farthest from the driver.