The Lighter the Car, the Faster it Goes? Danica Patrick Still Indy

FM Group RacingCorrespondent IMarch 16, 2008

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- Robby Gordon accused Danica Patrick of having an unfair advantage in the Indianapolis 500 in 2005 and said he will not compete in the Indy500 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, Danica 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." I guess driving around in circles must have made Gordon a bit dizzy because his reasoning sucks. The first thing I thought of when I read that was that race car drivers eat way too much. Seriously, if weight really makes that much of a difference then why don't drivers become anorexics or bulemics like jockeys do to gain an advantage over a fat ass like Gordon? Let's face it, physical advantages are a part of sports.

Shaquille O'Neal has a huge advantage over other basketball players because of his size. I haven't heard of any basketball players refusing to play against him because of it. There is a lot more to sports than being taller, stronger, or in this case lighter than your competitors. The person who has the physical advantage doesn't always win. It comes down to skill, talent, luck and sheer desire most of the time. You don't need to weigh Danica Patrick down like Seabiscuit to beat her. When it comes down to it, poor Robby doesn't want to be beaten by a little girl. Maybe I will watch the Indy 500, just this once.