The Science of NASCAR

Peter Tkacik, Assistant Professor of Engineering, UNC Charlotte

Stock car auto racing (NASCAR) is arguably the top spectator sport in the US.  This seminar will focus on the science of the racing not only NASCAR, but the full range of auto racing worldwide.  How does drafting work?  What do the pit stop adjustments do to the handling of the cars?  Why are race teams spending millions of dollars on computers models of their cars?  In this seminar, we’ll study these questions and more, visit the research labs and race shops, hear from the experts, and do some race car testing for ourselves.  Guided by the questions of the fellows, we will learn the math and science behind racing and combine that with a hands-on experience in order to take as much as possible back to the class room.

Participating Fellows

StaceyAnne Hartberger, James Martin MS, Science

Janet Raybon, Myers Park HS, Physics

Benji Lewis, Oakdale ES, 5th grade

Ella Boyd, Carmel MS, Science

Jenn Dalesandro, Bain ES, 3rd grade

Nikki Guevara, Bain ES, 3rd grade

Lisa Ashworth, Barringer Academic Center, 5th grade

Christie Johnson, Morgan School, Special Education

Nicole Fraser, Davidson ES, 5th grade

Cindy Woolery, Elizabeth Traditional ES, Science