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OUTRAGED OWL # 10
Snowwowl-August 2005

SOME MEN REFUSE TO GROW UP!

NASCAR Driver Says Female Phenom Has Unfair Edge
R. Gordon Says Patrick Can Go Faster Because of Her Weight

(Taken from AP article 5/29/05 on AOL.com)
(May 28) - Robby Gordon accused Danica Patrick of having an unfair advantage in the Indianapolis 500 and said Saturday he will not compete in the race again unless the field is equalized.

"Right off the bat, a guy my size is spotting her 105 pounds. That's the reason she's so much faster," driver Robby Gordon said.

Gordon, a former open-wheel driver now in NASCAR, contends that Patrick is at an advantage over the rest of the competitors because she only weighs 100 pounds. Because all the cars weigh the same, Patrick's is lighter on the race track.

"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."

This (above) is so stupid that I really don’t know where to begin. When I first saw it, I began again and really looked hard at the article, for I was sure there was a joke in there somewhere. And, there is: Robby Gordon.

Is this guy so concerned about his lack of driving skills that he has to throw this trash into the air to give him another excuse for when he loses? Or perhaps to have Mommy’s attention so that she will kiss it and make it all better?

I don’t see him talking about this weight difference when the other drivers outweigh him, or perhaps he weighs more than most of the other drivers during any given race.

Yes, there’s a weight parity system for Horse Racing, and yes, these cars have Horsepower, however….ah, Robby….I don’t think the two have the same need for so-called parity of weight, dude!

What’s next…banning certain racial representatives because of some misguided notion they got more of the Fast Genes than he did? This poor child needs help!

Look, I would imagine that using all sorts of formulas and whatnot, it can be proven that a car with a driver that weighs less than you can, PERHAPS, go a mite faster in certain cases.

However, for the most part the 3 major reasons one car or another goes faster than the herd is: 1) better car; 2) better pit crew, 3) and most assuredly better driver. Its that simple. You can’t convince me that the weight in this case is going to influence a NASCAR or Indy type race to the point where a woman weight a hundred pounds less than most other drivers is going to wipe the field up.

If he, or she, does not have the car, the crew and the skill to finish the race; if they can not avoid other car mishaps; then a hundred pounds is not going to make any driver the best thing since Barney Oldfield!

My poor advice to Robby Gordon is: Get your head outta your exhaust, quit sniffing the fuel and pay attention to your own car and especially your own driving. Crybabies like this make me ill.

HEYA!

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