no exception. There are many applications of math in racing.
The purpose of racing is to win and in order to do that there must be a lot of
math involved. If you don't use math and use it correctly then you will not win.
Mathematics is involved in racing in two ways, the car setup and scoring an
measurements. The car setup involves tire pressure, down force, wedge,
aerodynamic Drag, camber, track bar and valance. The scoring system also uses math.
In addition to scoring math is also used to measure different racing related
subjects such as car weight, gas mileage time interval, qualifying, and the track
Tire pressure is used as a setup tool that is akin to adjusting spring rates in
the vehicles suspension. Increasing the air pressure in the tires raises the spring rate
in the tire itself and changes the vehicles handling characteristics. In order for
optimal performance the teams must know the proper p.s.i ( Pressure per square inch)
for a certain tire on a certain track for a certain air temperature.
Math is also used in measuring the "downforce." Downforce is the air pressure
traveling over the surface of the car. This air pushes the car downwards which creates
the term downforce. The greater the psi the greater the downforce which creates better
tire grip for higher speeds through turns.
Wedge is another racing term that relies on math. Wedge refers to the relationship
from corner to corner of the weight of the car. The weight on any corner of the vehicle
affects the weight of the other three corners in direct proportion. The wedge determines
how the car handles by either stiffening the wedge or loosening it up.
Aerodynamic drag is another math related racing factor. A number that is a
coefficient of several factors indicates how well a car will travel through the air is the