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  1. Racecar driving http://cdn-1.famouslogos.us/images/nascar-logo.jpg Hannah Foust AP English Literature K. Saunders

  2. Racecar Driving • Why? • Interest for NASCAR • Grew up around it • Prior Knowledge • Grandfather worked at STP as Richard Petty’s Public Relations manger • Works with Penzoil now

  3. History • Started in the 1890’s, on unpaved roads • WWII vets saw tracks in European countries • Brought the idea to America • 1910 Indianapolis Track was built • 2.5 mile long oval track • Made up of bricks http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0-r9g727skU/UK7wWyNYz4I/AAAAAAAATag/zmRtgb1bY_8/s1600/Daytona-Beach-Car-Racing.jpg

  4. Tragedies • Dale Earnhardt Sr. • Going 180 mph • Was tapped from behind, then crashed into a wall • Remained unconscious • Most active for winnings in his time • 76 Winston Cup wins http://wtfrace.com/uploads_forum/535/1866/1989%20-%20Dale%20Earnhardt_s%20Busch%20GN%20car%20is%20taken%20to%20the%20pits%20following%20a%20practice%20crash___.jpg

  5. Tragedies • Adam Petty • Going 130 mph, trapped for 20 minutes • Brushed the wall in turn 3, spun out, smashed into the concrete • Died of head trauma • Made his debut a few days earlier finishing 40th in the Winston Cup in Texas http://worldcup.si.com/motorsports/news/2000/07/01/petty_investigation_ap/t1_petty_all-01.jpg

  6. Research • It’s a lot more work than just driving a car • Dealing with the “fight or flight” brain impulse • Must have mental and physical strength • Must have stamina • Cardio exercises • Arm, chest, leg, and brain exercises • Concentration is key

  7. Research • Arm: • Holding steering wheel is compared to holding a medicine ball • Leg: • Helps with pushing down on the break and gas pedals • Chest: • Helps with turning the car

  8. Mentor • Bonnie Davis • Works at the Richard Petty Museum • Raised around racing

  9. Richard Petty: • Born July 2, 1937 in Level Cross, NC • Petty became a driver in 1958 • Won Daytona 500 and NASCAR national championship each seven times during 1964-1981 • Gained 200 victories before retiring

  10. Product • Learning about Richard Petty and NASCAR • Power Point tour of the Richard Petty Museum on Wiki Space • 15 hours with mentor

  11. Obstacles • Juggling work, school, and mentor hours • Time management • Deciding on a final product

  12. Closing • Thank you all for your time • If there are any questions, I will take them now.