When IndyCar drivers take laps around road courses, it all seems so fluid, so natural, so easy. No stress, no high blood pressure, no problem, right?
Thanks to our friends at IndyCar.com, check out this video below of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing driver Josef Newgarden as he takes a practice lap around the 2.38-mile, 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park — site of Sunday’s IndyCar race — from about six weeks ago.
Newgarden was all by himself on the track and was hooked up to a monitor that recorded his heartbeat and respiration. The results are interesting, if not eye-opening.
And if what Newgarden does and goes through doesn’t get your own heart beating faster, then we can only guess you’re not human.
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.
Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.
“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”
Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.