Glass ceiling intact for NASCAR's top...

Glass ceiling intact for NASCAR's top series

There are 5 comments on the TwinCities.com story from May 19, 2008, titled Glass ceiling intact for NASCAR's top series. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

It was a matchup NASCAR could only dream of: Melanie Troxel and Ashley Force going head to head in the first all-female funny car elimination round.

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“Karaoke & DJ”

Since: Feb 08

Rosemount, MN

#1 May 20, 2008
If more women try on a consistant basis to get into the top level of NASCAR, then eventually more women will Suceed. The problem isn't that there's a glass ceiling, the problem is that the odds of even a male driver making it up through the ranks is just crazy. For every 1 that makes it, 20 get locked into the lower end of the spectrum.

The other big factor is the age where they start trying to push. An older driver, male or female is going to have trouble getting the sponsorship to break out of the "little leagues" and into the big shows. An older driver who is still untried at the higher levels of NASCAR is a risk most sponsors are not will to take.

I've got a step-daughter interested in racing, but don't have the funds to put her into a car at an early enough age to give her a shot at going anywhere.
Chris

Dayton, MN

#2 May 20, 2008
Glass ceiling?
It has nothing to do with discrimination, which is clearly implied by the use of that phrase.
If there are 995 men and 5 are women vying for top honors, that's not a "glass ceiling" folks, it's called statistics.
Jim W

Buffalo, MN

#4 May 20, 2008
It is a safety issue as well. All drivers on the track need to be at the top of their game - the best of the best. If you start breaking this "glass ceiling" (which is complete hogwash, BTW) just for the sake of making things equal, you're inevitably going to start making racing less safe. Maybe the female driver is a much safer driver, but if they can't keep pace with the field, they are a liability on the track. If they can keep pace but are as wild as Robby Gordon, they are a liability on the track. I realize the writer of this story wants equality, but you cannot and MUST NOT sacrifice driver safety just so you can say there is gender equality on the track. To say otherwise is simply ill-informed.

The other point, what was made pretty clear by Chrissy, is that you also need to be good enough to garner sponsors. If you get out there and cannot compete (as evidenced by Shawna Robinson), you can't keep a sponsor. If you can't keep a sponsor, you can't race because it's too damn expensive.

Now, if you can find a driver that is female that can run with the boys and beat em and isn't a liability on track, I'm all for it. Just don't push to make racers less safe to do it.
Sarah

Minneapolis, MN

#5 May 20, 2008
*shrug* I think we'll see more women at the top of NASCAR when there are sufficient numbers of women racing for some of them to get to the top.

Right now there are one heck of a lot more men interested in racing then there are women. So statistically of course there are going to be more men at the top right now.

As the article said, you have to start young, you have to be successful enough to attract sponsors and you have to stick with it.

“Karaoke & DJ”

Since: Feb 08

Rosemount, MN

#6 May 20, 2008
As has been said. It's simple mathematics. There are 43 cars on the field. There are a handful more that consistantly try to make the field and don't. So if you say there are 100 cars competing for those top 43 spots... Now, let's look at Raceway Park which is only 1 of the tracks in MN that could put people into the running for NASCAR's upper levels. LAte Models have quite a few drivers, there are maybe 2 women and roughly 10-20 men depending on the night. If only 1% of local drivers in any given state make it to NASCAR's upper levels, what are the chances it's going to be one of the women? Statistically, the numbers say it won't be.

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