Indy 500 -- Driver whines about Woman Driver Weight  

mygmyg 59M
483 posts
5/29/2005 5:42 am

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Indy 500 -- Driver whines about Woman Driver Weight

Robby Gordon a past participant in the Indy 500 has started a whiny male controversy about the weight differences between a male and female driver in an Indy Car.
First, the weight of the cars MUST BE ATLEAST 1525 lbs. without the driver and fuel. This years big story is Danica Patrick, the 4th female driver to participate in the Indy 500.
Second, Patrick is starting 4th in the field of 30 something drivers, and has posted the fastest laps during this weeks CARB(carburator) testing. A full mile an hour faster than the other drivers / cars.
Third, Patrick drives for the RAHAL / LETTERMAN (Yes, Dave) TEAM, which won the Indy 500 last year, with a male driver. Rahal / Letterman have 3 teams in the race , all Honda Powered, the dominant engine in IRL (Indy Racing League) competition.
Fourth, Patrick weighs right at or just over 100 lbs. R.Gordon, who is not competing this year due to changes in start time of the Indy 500, weighs 205 lbs. and claims the difference in Patricks' speed is due to weight.

Okay so that is one ELEMENT in the comparison, but in looking at most of the drivers, they do not all weigh 205 lbs. !! Some of the drivers are going to hard pressed to tip the scales at 165lbs. soaking wet!! So the weight advantage is not just isolated to one driver!!

Gordon wants some sort of weight added to the cars to level out the advantage of Patrick's weight. Bull Hooey, go on a diet Robby, drop 50 or 75 lbs. you manly man.

Oh, and then you'll be too weak to endure 500 miles of racing??? Well, Butthead, is Patrick not going to have the same issue?? Is your weight / strength not an advantage??
Don't think it is a bit easier to control / drive a 1525 lb. car at 225 mph, for 500 miles, when you weigh a manly man 205 lbs vs. 100 lbs.??

PUTZ, 500 miles will level the playing field, it is not a one lap race. I see you are sponsored by an underwear company...the fruit of...when you say something like this, someone needs to pull your head out of your ass, take the condom of your head, and smack you on both sides of the head, then pull your fruits over your head, re-apply the condom, and insert your head back where it was... hopefully it remains there until you start thinking before opening your pie hole again!! Excuses, excuses!!!

So, am I off base in thinking the supposed advantage raised in the latest MALE manufactured "battle of the Sexes" is also a disadvantage, and the length of the race, plus all other factors, level the "playing field" ?

sexysnake28 39F
8 posts
5/29/2005 12:29 pm

It seems that it is a worlwide problem...
a few weeks ago some guys tried to prevent me from racing because I weight less than them...
Why is it that when a man wins is because he is the best and when a woman wins is because she wheights less...

Hope someday this will change...

expatbrit49 62M

5/29/2005 12:38 pm

Having just watched this race I don’t see what the controversy is it doesn’t seem that weight, speed, or anything outside of not crashing into another car or the wall have anything to do with this race. To be truthful I don’t see the point it’s a 200 lap race that has to be run 85% behind the pace car, this is the lamest excess for motor racing I have ever seen.

I have to agree with Nigel Mansel’s assessment of the Indy 500 when he said how hard can this be, any idiot can drive around in circles”.

Add to that the circus of the pre race and this is something that could only gain popularity in the US. Sorry folks but lame, lame, lame that’s all I can find to say.

Thank You for Your Time and Attention

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
5/29/2005 3:18 pm

I don't see the attraction, either.

I went to a high school reunion a few years back. In reading updates of class mates lives, i was surprised to see that a man I long ago had the blazing hots for was a NASCAR fan.
How dissappointing.
I used to think he was smart.

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
5/29/2005 3:42 pm

That makes me hate it even more.

expatbrit49 62M

5/29/2005 6:42 pm

Sorry man I watched the whole thing and I just dont get it. I also watched the F1 EU Grand Prix live this morning, Awsome now thats auto racing.

JayR dont even get me going on nascar thats even lamer.

Thank You for Your Time and Attention

bella_ 47F
4030 posts
5/29/2005 8:03 pm

There was racing on today? Where was I?

rm_Here2play812 47M
179 posts
6/2/2005 11:59 am

Indy 500 is the greatest spectacle in motor sports. when cars are limited on horse power I have to agree with Gordon that there should be an even playing field. Easy solution adapt the F1 rule that says there needs to be a minimum weight for driver and car combination. That would even the playing field, when you are talking about hundredths or even thousandths of a second difference in qualifying times, there should be a minimum weight for the driver and car. Other wise open it up and allow the engine manufactures to do what they want with the engines. But over all F1 is much better (when they are on a track that allows for passing opportunities. The Monaco Grand Prix was to much a parade, not enough passing.

Anyone going to the US Grand Prix? I know I will be there, V10 900+ HP revving at 19,000 RPM wow I can't wait!

mnfun952 102M

6/4/2005 4:21 pm

The Indy 500 is ALMOST as exciting as a cricket match...almost...not quite.

redmustang91 57M  
8599 posts
6/20/2005 8:24 am

I enjoyed this year's Indy 500! in horse races they use light jockeys and what is to stop car racers from employing light car drivers? Minimum weights for car with driver would solve the issue. But why not let their be an unfair advantage for those lighter drivers? Racing is about seeking an advantage, then the rule makers try to get rid of it. Like counter measures in warfare.

keithcancook 60M
17718 posts
7/5/2005 7:13 pm

Beats the hell out of me. All I know is you certainly were passionate about it.

BTW. When ya gonna post again on your blog?

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