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NASCAR Race Drivers – How They Get Started

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I got to wondering what is all involved to become a NASCAR Race Driver.  Some of the big names in racing today started as young as four years old!  A young child interested in becoming a NASCAR Race Driver may want to start young in the carting in your local area to get practice handling a vehicle, and get their name out there.  Some tracks that run open wheel Midgets and Sprints do allow drivers before they are of legal driving age on the tracks.  Some people suggest getting a “pit pass” to get in and talk to some officials and drivers. 

In reading up on this, I found out that someone’s physical condition can actually affect his or her ability to become a successful NASCAR Race Driver.  Physical health can affect their ability to tolerate the heat and intensity of the racing experience.  The weight of the driver can also be important, because every pound affects the car’s performance and speed.  A good education is a good thing to have to be a race driver because if someone would want to get a good sponsor, that sponsor needs to know they will be represented by a quality individual.  That means speaking well for the camera and also knowing more and more about the technology and new innovations with the race cars.

There are some other factors that I’ve never thought about drivers learning before becoming a NASCAR Race Driver.  For one, the development of hand-eye coordination is surely incredibly important.  I also found out that there are some driving courses and schools out there that prospective race drivers can attend to learn specific driving skills for this type of racing.  Learning about cars, everything about cars, is imperative to this arena.  The drivers must understand everything imaginable about a race car so that when it’s time to go, they can talk to their crew knowledgeably. 

It sounds like just about anyone could join the NASCAR race drivers if they have the drive (no pun intended), the dream, the determination, and the persistence.  Perhaps some natural talent for being behind the wheel is helpful too but, it can take years of training in other classes and a good stroke of luck to catch the eye of one of the big NASCAR teams. Even then, very few race drivers ever get the chance to hit it big in NASCAR.

Dave P Franklin is a regular contributor to the popular oval track racing blog, http://www.ovaltrackracer.com and other favorite NASCAR fan sites.

Detroit MI Buick LaCrosse Receives High Marks in Car and Drivers ?Car Designers Graded’

Detroit MI Buick LaCrosse is General Motors’ newly-graded, A student. In the newest issue of Car and Driver, Phil Patton, a teacher at the School of Visual Arts in New York and automobile-design writer for the New York Times, graded all of the major car designers ranging from American automakers like General Motors, Ford and Chrysler to European automakers such as Volkswagen, BMW, and Jaguar.

Top-students such as the Ferrari and Jaguar, both with A’s, were followed closely by Kia and Detroit MI automaker General Motors with their cars, including GM’s stylish Buick LaCrosse, being graded at an A-.

The designer for Buick, Ed Welburn, is said to be reviving the Buick with the LaCrosse concept. Rated above BMW, Audi and Ford—all graded with B’s—General Motors should be proud of Welburn for putting them on the map of high-class design.

It should be mentioned that carmakers who may have been considered higher on the design-pole were not called out as such this time around. Subaru’s WRX along with Porsche and its new Panamera were ranked at a B-. Porsche got this grade for the Panamera’s changed and stretched figure. It is hard to modify any part of a Porsche with such a classic and unchanging history of design.

Average students who received passing marks were Honda/Acura with a C- and Mitsubishi’s little “bean on wheels”, the i-MiEV, who took a C.

The lowest-graded kid in class this issue was Toyota/Lexus with a D+. This Japanese company’s new design campaign “Vibrant Clarity” for Toyota and “L-Finesse” for Lexus came up short with bland curves and overall dull appearance, according to Phil Patton.

This month’s report card may have been disappointing for some, but reward-worthy for others like the Buick LaCrosse who can now show off its new gold star to its proud parents in Detroit MI. Congratulations to all high-graded students, and to those who graded less than expected, maybe it’s time for a study group.

Here at Michigan Auto Times we’re not surprised the LaCrosse received high marks in design because we named it our Top Pick for Family Sedan.

MI Auto Times covers all Michigan automotive news all the time, featuring newly released vehicle recall information, relevant Michigan automaker news, vehicle ratings and comparisons, and everything else auto-related Michigan and world readers need to know.

 

NASCAR Race Drivers – How They Get Started

I got to wondering what is all involved to become a NASCAR Race Driver.  Some of the big names in racing today started as young as four years old!  A young child interested in becoming a NASCAR Race Driver may want to start young in the carting in your local area to get practice handling a vehicle, and get their name out there.  Some tracks that run open wheel Midgets and Sprints do allow drivers before they are of legal driving age on the tracks.  Some people suggest getting a “pit pass” to get in and talk to some officials and drivers. 

In reading up on this, I found out that someone’s physical condition can actually affect his or her ability to become a successful NASCAR Race Driver.  Physical health can affect their ability to tolerate the heat and intensity of the racing experience.  The weight of the driver can also be important, because every pound affects the car’s performance and speed.  A good education is a good thing to have to be a race driver because if someone would want to get a good sponsor, that sponsor needs to know they will be represented by a quality individual.  That means speaking well for the camera and also knowing more and more about the technology and new innovations with the race cars.

There are some other factors that I’ve never thought about drivers learning before becoming a NASCAR Race Driver.  For one, the development of hand-eye coordination is surely incredibly important.  I also found out that there are some driving courses and schools out there that prospective race drivers can attend to learn specific driving skills for this type of racing.  Learning about cars, everything about cars, is imperative to this arena.  The drivers must understand everything imaginable about a race car so that when it’s time to go, they can talk to their crew knowledgeably. 

It sounds like just about anyone could join the NASCAR race drivers if they have the drive (no pun intended), the dream, the determination, and the persistence.  Perhaps some natural talent for being behind the wheel is helpful too but, it can take years of training in other classes and a good stroke of luck to catch the eye of one of the big NASCAR teams. Even then, very few race drivers ever get the chance to hit it big in NASCAR.

Dave P Franklin is a regular contributor to the popular oval track racing blog, http://www.ovaltrackracer.com and other favorite NASCAR fan sites.

Detroit MI Buick LaCrosse Receives High Marks in Car and Drivers ?Car Designers Graded’

Detroit MI Buick LaCrosse is General Motors’ newly-graded, A student. In the newest issue of Car and Driver, Phil Patton, a teacher at the School of Visual Arts in New York and automobile-design writer for the New York Times, graded all of the major car designers ranging from American automakers like General Motors, Ford and Chrysler to European automakers such as Volkswagen, BMW, and Jaguar.

Top-students such as the Ferrari and Jaguar, both with A’s, were followed closely by Kia and Detroit MI automaker General Motors with their cars, including GM’s stylish Buick LaCrosse, being graded at an A-.

The designer for Buick, Ed Welburn, is said to be reviving the Buick with the LaCrosse concept. Rated above BMW, Audi and Ford—all graded with B’s—General Motors should be proud of Welburn for putting them on the map of high-class design.

It should be mentioned that carmakers who may have been considered higher on the design-pole were not called out as such this time around. Subaru’s WRX along with Porsche and its new Panamera were ranked at a B-. Porsche got this grade for the Panamera’s changed and stretched figure. It is hard to modify any part of a Porsche with such a classic and unchanging history of design.

Average students who received passing marks were Honda/Acura with a C- and Mitsubishi’s little “bean on wheels”, the i-MiEV, who took a C.

The lowest-graded kid in class this issue was Toyota/Lexus with a D+. This Japanese company’s new design campaign “Vibrant Clarity” for Toyota and “L-Finesse” for Lexus came up short with bland curves and overall dull appearance, according to Phil Patton.

This month’s report card may have been disappointing for some, but reward-worthy for others like the Buick LaCrosse who can now show off its new gold star to its proud parents in Detroit MI.

Congratulations to all high-graded students, and to those who graded less than expected, maybe it’s time for a study group.

Here at Michigan Auto Times we’re not surprised the LaCrosse received high marks in design because we named it our Top Pick for Family Sedan.

MI Auto Times covers all Michigan automotive news all the time, featuring newly released vehicle recall information, relevant Michigan automaker news, vehicle ratings and comparisons, and everything else auto-related Michigan and world readers need to know.

 

2013 NASCAR Media D4D Drivers Byan Ortiz And Daniel Suarez Introduction

2013 Day 2 NASCAR Media Tour – Puertorican Bryan Ortiz and Mexican Daniel Suarez from the NASCAR Drive For Diversity program will compete for Rev Racing in 2013 along other drivers. Brian Ortiz is one of the 2 returning members for this year.

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NASCAR: Kasey Kahne leads Chase drivers in Talladega qualifying

NASCAR: Kasey Kahne leads Chase drivers in Talladega qualifying
Ride or race was the question NASCAR's title contenders are considering as they prepare for Talladega Superspeedway. The fourth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup could be the one that shuffles the 12-driver championship field. The use of restrictor …
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