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May 30, 2019

Danica Patrick deconstructs the IndyCar steering wheel

From USA Today

Anyone who thinks they could be a race car driver because they have a driver's license — it's just like coasting down the highway but faster, right? — will probably change their minds after seeing just how ridiculous some steering wheels are.

Retired NASCAR and IndyCar driver Danica Patrick explained in detail just how complicated it really is.

As an NBC analyst for the Indianapolis 500, Patrick brought a steering wheel on air and broke down its complexities.

Seriously, look at this thing.

It's like a video game controller on steroids — and you have to use it while driving well above 200 mph and inches apart from other race cars and the wall.

If you're a diehard racing fan, this likely doesn't come as too much of a surprise.

But if you're a casual fan, new to the sport, or are only somewhat aware the Indy 500 exists, it might blow your mind.

After seven seasons in IndyCar, Patrick raced six years in NASCAR before returning to her open-wheeled roots for last year's Indy 500 for a career finale.

She explained how much things had changed between her 2011 and 2018 Indy 500s, including cars not having a clutch pedal anymore.

Instead, the clutch is two paddles on the back of the steering wheel.

Patrick also broke down what some of the buttons on the front of the steering wheel do — everything from reverse to how to change the screen on the digital dashboard, in case drivers don't have enough to look at as they're pushing 230 mph.

May 30, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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