NASCAR driver stuns racing world with a move learned from Nintendo GameCube
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November 02 2022

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

NASCAR driver stuns racing world with a move learned from Nintendo GameCube

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To understand the advantage of Chastain's move, a little knowledge of racing physics comes in handy. Typically, when taking a tight turn on a racetrack, drivers brake to counteract forces that push their cars toward the outside of the track. This braking action dramatically slows them down on the turn. This time, instead of slowing down for the turn, Chastain kept his car in fifth gear, hugged the wall, let go of the wheel, and allowed the wall to hold his car in place—no brakes necessary. That's how he passed five cars and set a 75-year lap record.

Eoin Treacy's view

I have all kinds of admiration for a guy who knew of a winning strategy from a computer game as a child and was willing to test the theory in real life at the potential cost of his own life.

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