A unique partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASCAR is the basis for this fun and informative website. The site features twelve episodes created as part of "The Science of Speed," hosted by Diandra Leslie-Pelecky. Each episode features a NASCAR car in a variety of racing and testing situations, and some special guests turn up, such as Jeff Gordon and Michael McDowell. The topics covered here include car safety, drag & drafting, grip, sound, and friction. Each clip is accompanied by racing footage and expert commentary that makes each encounter lively and compelling. This is a great way to pique the interest of those persons who might find certain aspects of physics and related fields a bit inaccessible.
Visitors shouldn't miss the "Firesuits" episode as it explores the world of these very important safety devices. [KMG] From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2010. http://scout.wisc.edu/ Read more at http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/sos/