Race car driving - AP English Literature and Composition

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Racecar driving
Hannah Foust
AP English Literature
K. Saunders
Racecar Driving
• Why?
▫ Interest for NASCAR
▫ Grew up around it
• Prior Knowledge
 Grandfather worked at STP as Richard Petty’s Public
Relations manger
 Works with Penzoil now
History
• Moonshiners ran from
the cops in cars that they
altered themselves
• Raced for bragging rights
of outrunning the law
• Regular cars on the
outside, have shocks on
inside to absorb
roughness of mountain
tops
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History
• Began in 1947, by Bill
France
• Created the National
Association of Stock Car
Auto Racing (NASCAR)
• Grown to a $2 billion a
year business
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Bill France Sr.
• Born in Washington, D.C.
• Had a fascination for
automobiles
• Moved to Daytona Beach,
Florida
• Held the first stock car
race on the beach in 1936
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Tragedies
• Dale Earnhardt Sr.
▫ Going 180 mph
▫ Was tapped from behind, then crashed into a wall
▫ Remained unconscious
• Most active for winnings in his time
▫ 76 Winston Cup wins
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Tragedies
• Adam Petty
▫ Going 130 mph, trapped
for 20 minutes
▫ Brushed the wall in turn
3, spun out, smashed into
the concrete
▫ Died of head trauma
• Made his debut a few days
earlier finishing 40th in
the Winston Cup in Texas
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Research
• It’s a lot more work than just driving a car
• Dealing with the “fight or flight” brain impulse
• Must have mental and physical strength
▫ Must have stamina
▫ Cardio exercises
▫ Arm, chest, leg, and brain exercises
• Concentration is key
Mentor
• Bonnie Davis
• Works at the Richard Petty
Museum
• Raised around racing
Richard Petty
• Born July 2, 1937 in Level
Cross, NC
• Petty became a driver in
1958
• Won Daytona 500 and
NASCAR national
championship each seven
times during 1964-1981
• Gained 200 victories
before retiring in 1992
Product
• Learning about Richard Petty and NASCAR
• Power Point tour of the Richard Petty Museum
on Wiki Space
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• 15 hours with mentor
Obstacles
• Juggling work, school, and mentor hours
• Time management
• Deciding on a final product
Closing
• Thank you all for your time
• If there are any questions, I will take them now.

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