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14 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Racing

Car racing is anything but boring. Especially because Outback Steakhouse is giving away a Free Bloomin' Onion on Monday if Kevin Harvick finishes in the top 10 of a Sprint Cup Race. All race season long.

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1. Racing takes insane technical and physical skills...

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The force on a driver's body during a turn is roughly the same amount that an astronaut feels during shuttle liftoff — 3 Gs, baby! And on straightaways, a driver basically travels the length of a football field in just one second.

2. ...and second-to-second decisions.

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A team of strategists and spotters watching from all different angles are in constant radio communication with the driver. It's so strategic that some people call it "high-speed chess."

3. The uniforms are becoming a new fashion trend.

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Jumpsuits, arguably the most comfortable and protective sports uniform, are also a big fashion trend.

4. Contrary to popular belief, it's actually a team sport.

The average pit crew has at least 12 members, and each one contributes to the car's success.
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The average pit crew has at least 12 members, and each one contributes to the car's success.

5. Each race car is a feat of engineering...

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6. ...that is WAY more intense than just driving a car.

During a race, the driver has control of and is constantly monitoring pretty much every aspect of the car: tire pressure, water temperatures, and brake pressure. And they're expected to focus on all these things while the temp in the car reaches over 100 degrees.
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During a race, the driver has control of and is constantly monitoring pretty much every aspect of the car: tire pressure, water temperatures, and brake pressure. And they're expected to focus on all these things while the temp in the car reaches over 100 degrees.

7. The sound of engines revving is hauntingly beautiful.

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The roar of possibility.

8. It's not a sport that requires constant attention from the crowd or you'll miss something.

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Since races can last between 3–5 hours, no one expects you to pay attention the entire time. Here's to bathroom breaks and playing on your phone.

9. And when you are paying attention, there's no waiting around — the action happens in seconds flat.

Slow sports? Ain't nobody got time for that.
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Slow sports? Ain't nobody got time for that.

10. Then there's the best part: THE CROWD.

YEEHAW.
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YEEHAW.

11. They relax at a superhuman level.

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12. They have sass for days.

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13. They storm the field and draw on the finish line.

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14. And above all, they know how to party.

It's the Amurrican way.
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It's the Amurrican way.

Celebrate Bloomin' Monday, where Outback Steakhouse is giving away a free Bloomin' Onion on Mondays after Kevin Harvick finishes in the top 10.