[from the Director’s Annotation by Linda Whitney]
In The Art of Racing in the Rain, Enzo’s owner Denny is a skilled race car driver who has a special talent and knowledge for, and philosophy of, driving very fast in less than optimum circumstances… such as rain. Enzo loves and admires his master and comes to understand that what works on the race track can also work as a strategy for negotiating the hazardous twists and turns of life.
Here are some quick facts about stock car racing from Wikipedia.com:
• Races are run on oval tracks measuring approximately 0.25 to 2.66 miles (0.4 to 4.3 kilometers).
• NASCAR is the largest governing body in the world for stock car racing.
• The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is the premier top level series of professional stock car racing.
• Top level races typically range between 200 to 600 miles (322 to 966 km) in length.
• Top level stock cars reach speeds in excess of 200 mph (322 km/h) at speedway tracks and on superspeedway tracks.
• For the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Seriesseason, power output of the competing cars ranged from 750 to 800 hp (560 to 600 kW).
• A stock car, in the original sense of the term, is an automobile that has not been modified from its original factory configuration. Later the term stock car came to mean any production-based automobile used in racing. This is different from a “race car,” a special, custom-built car designed only for racing purposes.
• Today most American stock cars may superfically resemble standard American family sedans but are in fact purpose-built racing machines built to a strict set of regulations governing the car design, ensuring that the chassis, suspension, engine, etc. are architecturally identical on all vehicles.
Sunday, Mar 11, ISM Raceway
–Auto Club 400
Sunday, Mar 18, Auto Club Speedway
Sunday, Mar 25, Martinsville Speedway
Learn more about racing philosophy at The Art of Racing in the Rain, on now through March 24, 2018. Get your tickets now before they all sell out!