While I love racing and especially Nascar, I wonder about all the tires used.
The average Nascar driver used between 9 and 14 sets of tires a race.
That’s between 36 and 56 tires in total used.
There’s typically 43 cars in a race and if you multiply that the numbers are 1548 and 2408 tires for all the cars. Drivers are asking for better tires from Goodyear. I’m sure its because tire changes take time and can lose you a race.
I’m more concerned with how these tires are effecting our landfills and where they are going. Just seems like too much of a waste for a sport. So, I did a little digging because this was really weighing on me. I really love this sport and Mother Earth also. Liberty Tire is the official tire recycler of Nascar.
They make sure all those tires get recycled and turned to good use after the Nascar races.
They head to the recycling center in Concord, North Carolina. Each year there is approximately 300,000 tires recycled. That is an incredible number.
Thankfully with this recycling they are keeping these tires out of the landfill. They are ground down to specific sizes and then shipped off to specific places that requested those sizes. Some are shipped and processed into fuel for broiler furnaces.
Some get recycled into rubber mulch and then distributed around the trees at the Nascar track.
So cool, now you have a little back story about that mulch!!
The rubber mulch is also used at playgrounds.
It holds its color for 12 years and doesn’t hold water so it doesn’t rot. The recycled tires make their way into rubberized pavement also. There is more research here and its making its way around the highways of our country.
Nascar even hopes that its track can be made out of this rubber in the future. It helps keep the rainwater off the road and reduces road noise. I’m so glad I did a little digging. Now I can relax and concentrate a lot more on the race and not the waste of tires.
This is a tough question. I’m not sure it’s an easy one to answer.
There’s all kids of advice out there on the web. I think one thing that is missing from what most people will tell you is that it just might need to be in your blood. That’s right! I said it. I’ve been around race cars all my life.
There’s so much to learn and I’m not sold on the idea that you can be taught how to drive a race car.
There’s something about the hand eye coordination, the risk assessment, and listening to your intuition that comes into play when your driving a race car. I think its passed down in your DNA. Sure you could be a pretty boy and only drive a car, I know drivers out there that are just the face.
There’s something about working on your car and knowing every part of it. When you get inside it becomes part of you and you work together to win the race. There’s something about knowing the sounds your car makes.
It gives you an extra boost of adrenaline to know your car is about to fall apart but you need one more lap. Let alone the fact that you can’t afford for the car to fall apart because you don’t have that many sponsors.
When you grow up around race cars, you’ll know what kind of chassis you want for the type of racer you want to become.
You’ll already know all the great junkyards and parts stores that you’ll need to be hooked up with.
Race car driving is a tight knit community.
You’ll have a lot of questions coming in blind, so to speak. The community you will want to get acquainted with is your local speedway.
After you have your car, which OMG takes a lot, you’ll enter yourself in a race based on that car. Work on winning these races and making money and racking up your points. This will give you your first sips of fame of becoming a race car driver.
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Why Are We Obsessed With Race Cars?
The fascination with car racing and race cars is easily explained when you take into consideration that is a sport that involves racing of automobiles for competition. So, in other words it includes newest machinery, speed and adrenaline – which is just as much stimulation needed to get just about any man excited about racing. The purpose of the car racing is to set the fastest time, this of course also is done in a number of laps. The number of laps has been previously set, or a time limit is provided as a guideline for achieving this goal.
Who Wins The Race?
Well, it is well known that turtle wins the race, but not in this game! The order of winners is strictly determined by the time they had achieved in the race.
The fastest driver logically takes the first prize and so on. In addition to that it should also be mentioned that if a driver fail to complete a race for any reason, they are disqualified from the race.
The term which is used for this racer is that they have ‘retired’ from the race, or simply referred to as ‘out’ of the race. However, even these drivers are given positions after the race, and they are ordered in the sequence in which they have retired, simply put – the first one to retire from the race will be the last in the race and so on.
How To Communicate In Racing
Racers and auto races use a distinct system of communication through flags. If you have not heard of it before, we will explain it briefly in this blog and you will understand some of the basics when it comes to flag communication as the system which is used in car races and auto races.
The basic concept is pretty simple, there are flags of different colors and each flag which is displayed has a different meaning due to the color used. Flags are displayed to communicate instructions to competitors and contestants in the game, but it is also useful that spectators are aware of the meanings of the flags. Individual series have different rules, and also bear in mind that some flags have changed throughout the years, but generally, the meanings of the flags are accepted as follows.
Yellow flag means that a local area is the area of caution. The type of racing might also determine whether there will be more than one yellow flag used for full course caution or sign with ‘SC’. Yellow flag might also signify that no cars may pass. Green flag means that the session has started or it was resumed after a full course caution or stop.
The green flag can also be used to signify the end of hazardous section of track.A black flag is used to summon the car to pit for consultation and halt the session and allow all cars to return to pit lane.