Well, it’s happened again, a woman driver has “Pole position” at NASCAR.
I guess I don’t follow it that well, since I’d thought maybe this was a first. Turns out it is a second.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – For the first time in her NASCAR career, Danica Patrick was the fastest driver in Nationwide Series qualifying Friday.
That also meant she was the fastest female and only the second woman to capture a pole position in the three major touring series in NASCAR’s 64-year history.
For Patrick, though, the former was much more important than the latter in becoming the first female pole-sitter since Shawna Robinson at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March, 10 1994.
I’ve frequently mentioned that in Karate class there were a couple of women who could “point” on me any time they wanted to. ( In sparring a gently landed strike, punch, or kick counts as a ‘point’ if not countered or blocked ) Women simply have faster hands. Men have more power, but also more mass. That added mass slows down speed of response. So while I could punch more effectively than the women, it would only happen just after having been smacked… Being in ‘reactive mode’ is not the best strategy for combat…
At any rate, Danica has won “pole position” (the favored front position for starting the race – basically she starts out in the lead). this isn’t “unfair”, it improves safety as you don’t have good drivers needing to work their way up past all the less good and taking risks in the process. You put drivers in position roughly proportional to skill in the test runs and then you find out if any of them can reach closer to the front. Less crashes and a more rapid sorting of winners from losers.
Now for the second time we have a woman on pole position, and all the guys eating dust.
Go Danika, Go!
Official Site: http://www.danicaracing.com/