And the women e-mail:
It’s whining. Yes, there might be an actual difference and advantage given to Patrick on that front, but it still doesn’t excuse the whining. Real men don’t whine about this stuff — they just work harder to overcome it.
I glanced at the height/weight of the drivers in the IndyCar series. They’re pretty evenly smallish guys — between 140 and 155 pounds.
I guess Robby Gordon of NASCAR started the discussion, saying he wouldn’t drive IRL until they do something about the advantage.
“The lighter the car, the faster it goes,” Gordon said. “Do the math. Put her in the car at her weight, then put me or Tony Stewart in the car at 200 pounds and our car is at least 100 pounds heavier.
“I won’t race against her until the IRL does something to take that advantage away.”
Well, he was willing to race against guys who are about 140 (60 pounds less) and had no problem with it.
Bottom line: if you are a good enough driver, you can find a way to win.