Neil deGrasse Tyson Gives Us A Detailed Breakdown Of NASCAR Physics

Back in May, astrophysicist and science educator Neil deGrasse Tyson found his show was bumped due to a NASCAR race. Undeterred, he took to Twitter to explain some of the physics of racing. We're fans, but we thought his math was a little off. So Dr. Tyson just showed up in the comments to explain it all. » 7/03/14 10:04am 7/03/14 10:04am

Here's The Science Behind Neil DeGrasse Tyson's NASCAR Screwup

First of all, I should just say that you have to feel for Neil DeGrasse Tyson. He's a brilliant man, and he makes one mistake and we're all over him like flies on a rib roast. But that's okay — mistakes are useful for smart-making, and we called in our own captive physicist to explain exactly what went wrong. » 5/28/14 5:36pm 5/28/14 5:36pm

Check out NASCAR HQ's Swanky Social Media Control Room (and Then Meet…

Last night in Peachtree City, Georgia, I got to sit in the backseat of a VW Phaeton—the cheapest Bentley I've ever seen—for the first time. That pleased my inner automotive cheapskate. We served pizza and beers to Jalopnik and Gizmodo readers, showed clips from our new TV show, and debated the future legality of… » 3/07/13 5:20pm 3/07/13 5:20pm

180mph Car Treadmill Great for Designers, Dangerous for Pilots

Check this full size Nascar sitting on top of a steel belt sliding at 180mph. While wind tunnels have been used to design cars for years, the results can be affected by the fact that the ground is still. This machine solves that problem, in truly dramatic and dangerous fashion. Just like NASCAR itself. The image after… » 7/26/07 6:32am 7/26/07 6:32am

Heaven's Landing: The Neighborhood With Its Own Air Strip

"Heaven's Landing" is a gated community in Georgia created by former NASCAR racer Mike Ciochetti. What makes it different from other gated communities is the fact that all of the houses have planes parked in their driveways. That's because Heaven's Landing is based around a 5,000 foot private airstrip. Yes, those of… » 2/22/07 4:15pm 2/22/07 4:15pm