Pic of the Week: NASCAR Daytona 500


200 laps at 190mph average speeds. F1 levels of horsepower. Racing so close even Audi TDI-driving reps would say 'ooh, that's close'. This is what spectators and TV viewers will be treated to when the Daytona 500 opens the 2012 NASCAR season this Saturday.

OK, so purists might be upset that carburettors have this year been replaced with fuel injection, and detractors might say that 500 miles around an oval is a cinch. But as a spectacle, 43 cars barrelling around in the Florida sunshine inches from one another's rumps, it's pretty impressive. And the 150,000 or so Americans who'll be in the Grandstands can't all be wrong, right?

This image from the 2011 race has certainly got us all excited...

If you want to enjoy the Daytona 500 in more than static wallpaper form, the 2012 running (of the Nationwide 300) will be on the haunted fish tank (or haunted picture frame, if you've moved into the LCD/plasma era) this Saturday live from 1730h on Motors TV.

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Computer widescreen (16:10)
TV widescreen (16:9)
Portrait (smartphone etc)

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  • Riggers 24 Feb 2012

    Crafty_ said:
    Oh and do we all remember this bloke ? hehe
    http://youtu.be/0E8EYTyACQk
    Brilliant! Shows where the C of E is going wrong, I reckon wink

  • Crafty_ 24 Feb 2012

    www.jayski.com for news, results and so on. If you look at the race page it gives you a green flag time, I think always as Eastern time so just add 5 hours. Tune in about 20 minutes before this for a (usually dodgy) national anthem rendition and a flypast from the USAAF.

    Oh and do we all remember this bloke ? hehe
    http://youtu.be/0E8EYTyACQk


  • Riggers 24 Feb 2012

    Mini1275 said:
    aw it yesterday, it was quite a hit.

    Luckily it was a safer barrier there, I don't think she'd of been quite as lucky if it was one of the old concrete walls.

    Very lucky yes.
    I was impressed she had the presence of mind to put here hands up by her helmet when she realised the barrier hit was inevitable. Not sure I'd have been so sensible...

  • Mini1275 24 Feb 2012

    Riggers said:
    Anybody else seen this?

    Danica Patrick in one of the 'Gatorade Duels' that help to sort out the starting line-up...

    http://youtu.be/cSciJqJqdm8

    Ouch...
    Saw it yesterday, it was quite a hit.

    Luckily it was a safer barrier there, I don't think she'd of been quite as lucky if it was one of the old concrete walls.

    Those sudden impacts are often the worse, she didn't really lose any speed (or energy) before the hit.

  • soad 24 Feb 2012

    That'll do nicely, saved smile

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