Eclipse Puts Focus on Forces Shared by Drivers, Astronauts

During an NTT INDYCAR SERIES race, drivers while cornering experience up to 5 g’s on their bodies and up to 1.5 g’s accelerating. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, he is pushed back in the seat at various times of a race, similar in nature how an astronaut is pressed into their seat when blasting off. Dale Coyne Racing’s Jack Harvey said g-forces are an exciting differentiator between driving a race car and a street vehicle. “I think probably the most exciting part of the race always is the start,” Harvey said. Those rigors are why astronauts and race car drivers have strict training regimens. “Astronauts are astronauts with the team behind them,” Feustel said.

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