Danica Patrick

What do NASCAR pros use as their daily drivers?

This may come as a bit of a surprise to some, but NASCAR Sprint Cup vehicles are not legal street-driven vehicles. In fact, NASCAR race cars are a lot different than the one you drive. So despite what you see in commercials, they are not the daily drivers of your favorite oval track hero. NASCAR success and fame comes with a nice payday, and the drivers can afford pretty much any vehicle made, which explains the wide variety found on this list of their rides of choice.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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The Earnhardt family has been in Chevy dealerships for generations, and Jr has a particular affinity for the Camaro. A fourth generation Camaro could be bought with dealer modifications to become an “Intimidator SS”, and this process was repeated in 2011 with a fifth generation Camaro SS making 704 hp. Intimidator indeed. While Jr sells these at his dealership, he’d rather drive the older ones. He owns a silver 1967 Camaro rebuilt by Detroit Speed Inc., featuring a traditional small block Chevy v8 with aluminum heads and a carburetor running power to a five-speed stick. A different flavor is available with his orange 1972 Camaro. This one has a modern six-speed and LS2 v8, but the EFI has been ripped out in favor of a carb. Oddities of his collection include a 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass, and a Pontiac G8 converted to look like a Holden Commodore. [keep reading]

Gender portrayals in auto advertising (Part 1/2)

This two part series explores the portrayals of women in automotive advertising. Read Part 2.

Despite the fact that Hillary Clinton was just the United States’ Secretary of State and Marissa Meyer is the CEO of Yahoo!, gender stereotypes remain pervasive throughout the fabric of American society. The automotive industry is far from an exception. I have spent some time trolling YouTube for gender-centric automotive ads, and I was amazed at the breadth of videos that I came across.

Sexist Poster

As you might expect, I found a few ads from the 1960’s that are touted as “the most sexist ads of all time.” But, I was surprised to find that some of the most egregious offenders in the industry were produced in the last five years. [keep reading]

10 Reasons Why You Should Love Nascar

Dale Earnhardt Image1. You can love or hate a driver simply because they drive a Ford, Dodge, Chevrolet or Toyota. No explanation necessary.

2. She has yet to win a race in the Sprint Cup or Nationwide Series, but Danica Patrick is one of the most, if not the most, controversial driver in recent Nascar history because she is a women in a “man’s sport.”

3. Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and the #3 car. No other driver in the history of Nascar has made a bigger impact to the sport than Dale. In memory of Dale, who died after wreck at Daytona in 2001, every fan in the stands holds up three fingers on the third lap of every race. You may not know a thing about racing, but seeing over 100,000 fans quietly stand in unison to honor the great “Intimidator” will send a shiver down your spine.

4. Fans are allowed to bring coolers full of soda (beer) into the stands.

5. Eight Nascar racetracks can fit over 100,000 race fans.

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