Can Simulators and Video Games Make Great Racecar Drivers?
There are two schools of thought about what makes some people the best in their fields. One is that some people have innate skills or traits that allow them to become great. The other is that anyone can be great if they just work at it hard enough. There are…
Do Road Courses (Like Restrictor Plate Tracks) Level the Playing Field?
NASCR only goes road course racing twice a year (plus a roval, this year). Does the road course offer all drivers a better chance of winning, the way plate tracks do?
Talking about Things You Don’t Understand
Some clarifications in response to some very confused statements over the past few days. 1. Amphetamine is a particular molecule: It isn’t a category. Stimulant is the category. Amphetamine has nine carbon atoms, 13 hydrogen atoms and a nitrogen atom that are arranged in a very specific way. There aren’t…
What is Does it Mean to be “Nanograms Over”?
As a nanomaterials research, I usually love seeing the word ‘nano’ in the news, but not in reference to finding out that AJ Allmendinger’s ‘B’ sample tested positive “within nanograms”. I would have been very surprised if the B sample had come out any different than the A sample –…
More Drug Testing FAQs
More questions about the Allmendinger situation and drug testing in general are answered.
Infographic: Energy Drink Label Comparison
With all the talk about phenyalanine being a potential problem in energy drinks, thought I’d point out that fuel in a bottle isn’t the only energy drink that includes it.
Drug Testing FAQ
Some clarifications to clean up the incorrect information circulating around in the wake of A.J. Allmendinger’s failed drugs test. More questions – send them to admin(at)buildingspeed(dot)org and I’ll add them
More Ragan vs. Allmendinger Statistics: Running at Finish
Great comment from Robby on my post statistically comparing AJ Allmendinger and David Ragan:
One thing you didn’t really factor which is a big deal to car owners is busted equipment. David Ragan destroys alot of race cars…AJ is one of the least wreck prone drivers in NASCAR. Ragan’s low finished were often a result of a wreck. AJ’s bad finishes were generally the result of bad handling cars or bad luck (Dover, Indy, Texas).