Auto Racing. Math at the Racetrack by Tom Robinson

By Tom Robinson

Become aware of how math applies to the automobile racing international, from the gap round the song to the calculation of drivers' stats.

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He gets 17 mpg while driving under a caution flag. 75 gallons. How much fuel does he have left after 30 miles of racing and 10 miles under a caution flag? 3. 77 mph in a race. 43 mph. How many mph faster was Massey than Brown? 4. Ryan Newman averaged 142 mph for the first two hours of a 500mile race. How many miles does he have left? 5. A race was reduced from 500 miles to 400 miles for 2012. 5 miles long. A. How many laps were run in the 2012 race? B. How many laps fewer was that from previous seasons?

How many laps fewer was that from previous seasons? 28 Answer Key 1. 5 miles 2. 66 gallons Ryan Newman leads at the NASCAR CocaCola 600 at Charlotte Motorspeedway on May 27, 2012. 3. 34 miles faster 4. 142 x 2 = 248 500 – 248 = 252 miles 5A. 5 miles per lap = 200 5B. 5 200 - 160 = 40 miles fewer 29 Glossary average (AV-uh-rij): An average is found by adding up a group of figures and then dividing the total by the number of figures added. 9 mph in the 2012 Brickyard 400. backstretch (BAK-strech): A backstretch is the side opposite to the frontstretch on a racetrack.