My weekly roundup of math, statistics and science-related motorsports stories… and a few things that maybe are more notable for their lack of speed.
- Racecar Engineering has a lovely series of videos on how to make an F1 car from R&D to putting the whole thing together. Fascinating to compare this process to how a stock car is designed and assembled.
- PitRho has an Elliott Sadler vs. Danica Patrick prediction for the last four races of the season while Sadler’s filling in for the injured Brian Vickers.
- Concussions were big news this week.
- Brad Keselowski doesn’t like NASCAR’s new policy on concussions in part because he doesn’t think doctors ‘get’ NASCAR.
- A former F1 doctor takes exception. I will, too, in my Friday post.
- I’ve already explained what concussions are and why testing so important.
- A new study shows that NFL players that were benched due to concussions have altered brain connections
- Zytek has announced they’re going to offer a LMP1 engine for the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championships and they’re offering an electric hybrid option.
- Brian Vickers explains more about the blood clot problem that led to his sitting out the end of the season. I love Brian he says he has no problems driving a race car. He just can’t crash.
- The iconic oak tree at VIR was damaged in a storm and had to be taken down. But it’s not gone: raceway officials are planning to clone it.
- @nascarnomic has another data-rich post about attendance at NASCAR races. He fingers gas prices, hotel rates and declining disposable income as big factors in declining attendance.
- I’m taking a screenwriting course and I’m writing a story about a rocket scientist who runs away to join NASCAR. Nate Ryan appears to have beaten me to the punch with his story about a woman who worked on the space shuttle and is now an engineer with Penske.
- Or if you want to know the answers to everything, ask Frank DeFord. Because if anyone understands NASCAR, it would be him.
- Animal Planet is launching “Meet the Sloths“, a year in the life of residents of a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica. I think sloths are fascinating. As a birthday present one year, I “adopted” a sloth for my husband at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. One of the benefits of adopting and animal is that you get to meet it and let me tell you, when there’s food involved, sloths can actually move at a mighty respectable clip.
And I’ve just updated my appearances page with trips to Minneapolis, Montana, Albuquerque and Texas next Spring!