Racing Techniques

There are a number of different techniques that drivers use while driving in a race. Racing is a game of inches and is won by inches and hundredths of a second. With speeds in excess of 220 miles an hour it is not hard to see that winners and losers are separated by very little. The cars ride very close to one another in today's racing circuits and an inch or two one way or the other could be disaster for one and victory for another.

There are drivers that actually run into one another at speeds of over 200 miles an hour, on purpose. Other techniques include drafting and of course on larger tracks hooking up with another driver and riding in tandem. These techniques have to be adjusted over time due to new aerodynamic adjustments that are made to cars and to because of the sheer power that is under the hood of these cars.


Trading Paint when Racing

Trading paint is becoming a common past time on the NASCAR circuit. It is driving so close to your opponent at close to 200mph that you actually scrap each other and trade paint with one another. The question raised here is why anyone would want to get that close to another driver and even bump another driver at such a high rate of speed. The answer is quite simple and that is that racing at the...


Drafting in Racing

Drafting like many other techniques in racing was learned by accident and by a racer named Junior Johnson. He noticed that anytime he would get behind another car his car would actually go faster. He suspected this was due to the lead car breaking the air resistance and the slipstream would go over the top of the first car as well as his car. The technique he figured out helped him to win the 19...


Bump and Run when Racing

There are a number of things that drivers can do to overtake the driver in front of them and one such move is the bump and run. The bump and run is nothing more that bumping into the car in front of you and while they take the time to get their thoughts straightened out and slow down a bit, you can drive right past them. The act of doing this is still quite controversial on the NASCAR circuit wh...


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