Monday, May 30, 2005

NASCAR Guy Afraid Of Racing Small Women?

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Oh how sad...

(Source: Sports Illustrated)
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.

Gordon, a former open-wheel driver now in NASCAR, contends that Patrick is at an advantage over the rest of the competitors because she only weighs 100 pounds. Because all the cars weigh the same, Patrick's is lighter on the race track.

The Indy Racing League does not consider the weight of the driver in its race specifications. The car has to weigh at least 1,525 pounds before the fuel and driver are added, and teams in Indy have estimated that Patrick will gain close to 1 mph in speed because of her small stature.

...her rivals in Sunday's race have said she doesn't have a huge advantage...


And how many disadvantages do you suppose a 100 pound female has competing in a male-dominated sport like NASCAR? Yeah, a lot. But you don't hear Danica Patrick complaining.

More:

Danica Patrick's Official Website

Robby Gordon's Official Website

Robby Gordon: 'Setting The Record Straight On Driver's Weight'

'IRL Says Patrick's Weight Not An Issue'

A Short Danica Patrick Biography

'The Next Big Thing In Indy Racing Is...A Girl'

Danica Patrick's Career (Timeline)

Some Tissues For Robby Gordon

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