The good old boys aren't running moonshine anymore. NASCAR is big money racing that left the back roads a long time ago and now, with a lot less room for error than the average race fan might think, the cars rely on science, not "go fast, turn left." A brand new book, The Physics of NASCAR, by Dr. Diandra Leslie-Pelecky, Ph.D., explores just how much science is involved in moving these not even close to stock cars around the high speed tracks at 190 mph while running inches from each other.
The book covers everything from the molecular properties of the drivers’ fire-retardant suits to the highly refined aerodynamics that keep the cars on the track while easing their movement through the surrounding air.
The book is also a great way to bring the study of physics into a more interesting scenario to help keep students attentive and excited and shows race fans or anyone with an interest, how physics can be learned by studying things you already find exciting.