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Does Danica Have a Lightweight Advantage?

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Danica Patrick, likely the lightest Sprint Cup driver, drives a car that might be 30 pounds or so lighter than most of her competition.

 

The lighter weight could give Patrick an advantage by allowing her team to redistribute weight in other areas of the car.

 

But it doesn’t sound like competitors or NASCAR officials are fretting about it all that much.

 

While there was some speculation in social media that having a lightweight driver could be a benefit, NASCAR officials dismissed that theory as a reason why she won the pole for the Daytona 500.

 

NASCAR bases its cars on a 180-pound driver. If the driver is 180 pounds or more, the car must weigh 3,300.

 

A driver who weighs...

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