USM Forum speaker discusses "Physics of NASCAR"

USM Forum speaker discusses "Physics of NASCAR"

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - University of Southern Mississippi students and fans of auto racing learned Tuesday night how understanding science can make watching NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) a more enjoyable experience.

Diandra Leslie-Pelecky, author of, "The Physics of NASCAR," spoke at the University Forum in Bennett Auditorium.

She is a former professor of physics at the University of Nebraska and now blogs about the science of auto-racing. She said when you are watching NASCAR, you are really watching physics at work.

"One of the neat things about NASCAR is that you can actually listen to the dialog between the crew chiefs and the drivers," Leslie-Pelecky said. "What they're doing is talking about the physics of the car, how you make the car better."

Leslie-Pelecky also appears on satellite radio to talk about motor sports and has written for the National Science Foundation's "Science of Speed" web series.