Monday, June 22, 2009

Race cars going clockwise

Did you know that yesterday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race is the only one on the circuit where the race cars move in a clockwise direction? The Sonoma race is one of only two road course races in NASCAR and the only race which is not counterclockwise.

There are various theories involved as to why but the most probable is that racetracks which were made to international standards have their races run clockwise, just like Formula One racing, the premier international racing series. This, of course, raises the question—why are NASCAR races counterclockwise? One much-written theory says that NASCAR goes counter because that’s how horse races were conducted…and many of the first auto races were held on horse tracks.

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