SOME MEN REFUSE TO
NASCAR Driver Says Female Phenom Has Unfair
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
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
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.