Announcing Dale Earnhardt Jr. as the 93rd DCAT Annual Dinner Speaker
Submitted on Fri, 12/14/2018 - 10:11am
The Science, Technology and Teamwork of Auto Racing
Imagine yourself behind the wheel of a machine that’s built to test the very limits of physics. Then, imagine yourself driving this machine at constant speeds of up to 200 miles per hour, in extreme heat, for up to three hours, with no stopping, time-outs or half time. Enter the world of NASCAR auto racing: one of only 40 people in the world who, for 36 weekends of the year, compete professionally in the dangerous sport of stock car racing.
Join us for a fun and exhilarating evening with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., professional race car driver, champion team owner, businessman, and one of the sport’s most enduring personalities. Since beginning his racing career at age 17 through his retirement in 2017, he amassed 26 career victories, including two consecutive NASCAR Busch Series Championships and two wins at the legendary Daytona 500.
Even though you’ll be in the ballroom of the Hilton, Dale, and our special presentation will make you feel as if you are at the center of a NASCAR race. After the event, you can also strap yourself into our simulator car and take the ride of your life.
Whether you enjoy NASCAR, Formula 1, IndyCar or truck racing, you are sure to be fascinated and impressed when you learn how top racers train seven days a week to put their minds and bodies through these grueling tests of endurance. With the high risks for concussions, dehydration, hearing loss and other health issues inherent to the sport, hear how their physical conditioning, nutrition and other preparations propel them into the elite athlete category often only considered for contact sports such as football, basketball and hockey.
Although going fast is an integral part of a driver's success, the critical element is the racing team themselves. Hear how science and technology are improving driver safety and, at the same time, enabling racing teams the ability to increase speeds, improve efficiencies in design, engines, fuel consumption and more. Teams can have up to 400 members who maintain and monitor equipment, test the car, provide analytics, and prepare the driver for each race. It's the team that is continually evaluating and re-evaluating data, and paying attention to the tiniest of details in order to pursue that one second of time that may mean the difference between first and second place.