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Robby Gordon, the NASCAR personality, is a whiney little b1tch...but I'll bet he's not alone.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/racing/05/28/nascar.notebook.ap/index.html?cnn=yes

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.

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."
Robbie Gordon, the sniveling puke that he is, is really just echoing the whole incredibly lame NASCAR mantra of making all cars exactly the same-- a brand of socialism applied to "racing."

NASCAR has become so personality-driven that it is indeed the WWE on wheels. Hell, I saw on a Pizza Hut box the other night that the drivers had their names trademarked. WTF?

Go Danika! (She's pretty hawt.)

 

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Well... Racers have all gotten smaller in recent years. Buddy Baker or A.J. Foyt (Just to name a couple) would not be given the oppertunity to drive if they were just getting started today. The smaller the driver the better. Go stand next to Jeff Gordon.. He could be a Jockey for Christ Sake...
 

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I just got done reading an article on this subject before I logged on.
Personally I think it is because she is a woman. Most men cannot take losing well, let alone to a woman. She’s a good driver and so what she is thin. They say the weight advantage will only gain her about 1mph. what Gordon fails to mention is that driving any car well takes skill. There are small men in racing and no one threw this big of a fit over them. Oh well that’s just my 2 cents. I am going to go watch her whip up on those boys.
 

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Agreed Robby Gordon is an idiot but not taking a driver's weight into consideration is pretty stupid. Good race today -- despite ABC's horrible coverage.
 

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Even if the weight was the same, a woman typically has more mass down low (hips), where a man usually has it higher (chest/shoulders). This means a woman, at the same weight, would have a lower CG. Something else for Gordon to complain about...
 

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Gordon is a whiny little baby. I am a recovering Nascar fan, "Hi, my name is Jon, and I used to waste 5 hours of my life watching Nascar every week."....

Thank God I discovered Formula 1.
 

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jons04bluegto said:
Gordon is a whiny little baby. I am a recovering Nascar fan, "Hi, my name is Jon, and I used to waste 5 hours of my life watching Nascar every week."....

Thank God I discovered Formula 1.

Not to mention open wheel racing in the grand scheme of things is the upper crust of society, if you will. The best time to get groceries is during a Nascar race, I think you can deduce why...
 

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Do think Patrick's getting a bit of a free ride on her boneheaded restart late in the race yesterday -- the one that took out two other guys.

Back in the late's 80's (I think), Kevin Cogan was a rookie who qualified in the first or second row in one of Penske's cars. Right after the cars crossed the start/finish on the first lap -- Cogan's car made a big move left. He hit A.J. Foyt on the side -- then Mario piled into him. Cogan said a part in the rear axle broke -- and a forensic examination did find a broken differential -- but USAC left the door open by saying they didn't know if the break occured before the accident or not.

During and after the race, the press had a field day raking Cogan -- and even Roger Penske(!) over the coals for putting a rookie into such a piece of good equipment. Well, a very similar thing happened yesterday -- and Bobby Rahal couldn't even own up to the fact she blew it.

I believe one difference is that Cogan's dad was Chairman of Litton Corporation at the time -- so there was some jealousy over his getting really good rides on his way up to CART. That said, Penske canned him at the end of that year -- and he never got as good a ride again.

Anyway, just an observation. Frankly, if Bourdais had finished one spot behind her -- my vote for rookie would have gone to him simply because he didn't take anybody else out.
 

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While I agree that is whinning and I'd like to see Danika do well as I think it would help the sport... and maybe help me get my daughters into karting... I was very surprised to see that IRL uses car weight vice car plus driver weight. Most other series use the car plus driver at end of race to equalize this type of issue.

In SCCA T1 it is car plus driver. As a small guy, I'd just as soon see it go the other way. :D
 

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While I'm not a big fan of NASCAR either, I can't believe these guys are gonna complain about this kinda crap! It (should) come down to the driver... and btw, she is hot! :cheers
 

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Have you ever seen a 300 pound jockey?

Or a 100 pound sumo wrestler?

How many 4'11" pro basketball players are there?


If you're such a fatass that you slow your race car down, you might not be the best person to be driving that race car...
 

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derf said:
Have you ever seen a 300 pound jockey?

Or a 100 pound sumo wrestler?

How many 4'11" pro basketball players are there?


If you're such a fatass that you slow your race car down, you might not be the best person to be driving that race car...
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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derf said:
Have you ever seen a 300 pound jockey?

Or a 100 pound sumo wrestler?

How many 4'11" pro basketball players are there?


If you're such a fatass that you slow your race car down, you might not be the best person to be driving that race car...
Ever play the ponies? Horses are weighed with jockeys in the paddock -- and weight can be added until they meet a minimum.

Sumos compete in different weight classess -- like wrestlers -- and no, not that WWE crap.

As for basketball, who cares? Watching a 7 foot plus guy stuff a ball through a hoop without having to jump doesn't do much for me.

Agreed, if you are carrying a 30 pound porch, you might as well be doing something else -- but when teams are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on stuff like titanium nuts and bolts to reduce weight -- all to have it thrown out the window because a sanctioning body refuses to have minimum weights that include both the car and driver is really kind of stupid.

My niece is pretty good in her go kart. She weighs around 70 pounds, I think. Maybe Andretti Green has an open seat for her. She's 10, though.

Again, Robby Gordon is a complete idiot.
 

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b_a_betterperson said:
Agreed Robby Gordon is an idiot but not taking a driver's weight into consideration is pretty stupid. Good race today -- despite ABC's horrible coverage.
I was very surprised that the 500 wasn't broadcast in HDTV.
 

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I was very surprised that the 500 wasn't broadcast in HDTV.
I was surprised I didn't throw up. Who was that idiot in the booth? Would've turned off the sound and put the radio broadcast on -- but couldn't find it out here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Too busy filling the airwaves with stir fry tofu talk shows and mellow sounds of whales having sex. Blech.
 

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I didn't mind the TV coverage too much. It wasn't stellar, but at least it didn't include Paul Page. That guy devoted most of his broadcasting career to open-wheel racing, but I was really ready for someone new.

As for Danica, I'm happy she did so well. Well, let me put an asterisk next to that: Somewhere deep down there was a chauvinist who was glad three guys passed her near the end. But I slapped that dolt and reminded him he has three sisters and a lovely wife, and if any of them had raced as well as Danica did, he'd be overjoyed for them.

The coolest thing about Danica--and, honestly, Sarah Fisher and Lyn St. James before her--is that she makes absolutely no issue of being female. Yeah, she's a little more into the cheesecake than Sarah or Lyn were, but she never says, "I did this on behalf of women everywhere!" She's just a racer, like all the others. And a pretty darned good one.

You could tell from Danica's post-race interviews that she wasn't satisfied, and that she wishes all the questions about what it means to be the first woman to do this or that would just go away. I truly think she wants to be regarded as a great driver, plain and simple. Telling her she's a great driver for a woman is like telling someone they look great for their age: It's as much a slap as a compliment.
 
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