Pressure combines high expectations, multiplies that by heightening stress levels and adds a dose of natural competitive nature. NASCAR drivers experience this on a daily basis.
At some point, all drivers feel pressure, whether from sponsors, fans or the media. More often than not, it is a simultaneous onslaught of all three.
Some drivers, whether fortunately or unfortunately, feel more pressure than do others. Some drivers are under more pressure for past transgressions and/or the expected results of the 2012 season.
Here are a few drivers that will be subject to the greatest grind and the most constant scrutiny in 2012.