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Race Car Quotes


"There is always a chance of failure, of producing something totally unnecessary. But I guess that chance of failure is what makes tightrope walking, race-car driving..." - John Updike

"If I had a musical identity that was definable then it would be time to get into painting or something else. Race car driving." - Chris Cornell

"I've never been to a race car race before." - Christina Ricci

"I think it's sinful to give the audience material it knows already, whether the material is about race relations or the car culture or the depiction and placement of a candy bar." - Manny Farber

"I can't tell the difference between the best and the worst 'cause I realize not everybody wants to have sex in the middle of a demolition derby race in the car." - John Waters

"When I was three years old, I had race-car wallpaper, a race-car bed, race-car toys. That was all I wanted. And nothing has changed. Except I don't have a race-car bed anymore.?" - Joey Logano

"When you're in a race car, you're going through so many different emotions throughout that race." - Jeff Gordon

"A great race car driver in a bad car doesn't make great results. A great car and a bad race car driver doesn't make great results. You have to have both. It's the combination of driver and car." - Jeff Burton

"When you're in a car which can win every race, or fight for a win every race, that is pressure." - Jenson Button

"Any car which holds together for a whole race is too heavy." - Colin Chapman

"You won't catch me driving a race car that I have built." - Colin Chapman

"A Race car is more beautiful than the Victory of Samotracia" - Filippo Tommaso Marinetti

"Driving a race car is like dancing with a chain saw." - Cale Yarborough

"Coltrane had a sax, Dale Earnhardt drives a race car and everybody has their tools." - Talib Kweli

"I've got more stuff asked of me every week. But I drive a race car for a living. My car owner lets me race as many sprint car races as I want to run." - Tony Stewart

"Patience wins the race." - Bernard Barton

"When runners win a big race these days, they get a car. When I won a big race, I got a ride." - Ron Delany

"As a race car driver, driving is the easy part. The hard part is containing the emotions on the race track." - Kevin Harvick

"People want to see the car crash instead of the race. But, when you're the one in the car that's crashing, it's not much fun. I'm enjoying the race." - Nikki Sixx

"My friend is a former race car driver, so he races for Mercedes, and I root for him. I have a car that I love to race, I'll take it to the track." - Hill Harper

"It seems that these phenomenal feats that race car drivers are performing are instinctive. They [require] very little mental workload." - Chris Gerdes

"Every day in life there are challenges; whether you're an accountant, a race car driver or whatever you do." - Justin Allgaier

"The only healing I"ve ever known is getting back in that race car - for all us racers." - Clint Bowyer

"The only healing I've ever known is getting back in that race car - for all us racers." - Clint Bowyer

"I will always enter a race car from the left side. Always. Why? I have no idea." - Mario Andretti

"You're safer in the race car than you are in cars going to and from the track." - Mario Andretti

"Every little kid has always wanted to be a race car driver. This gets some of that out." - David Alan Grier

"As a driver, you want to race every lap possible, especially when you've got a good car." - Romain Grosjean

"I race to win. If I am on the bike or in a car it will always be the same." - Valentino Rossi

"When you are fitted in a racing car and you race to win, second or third place is not enough." - Ayrton Senna

"Get in the race car do what I do then go home. We don't have freedom to do anything anymore." - Tony Stewart

"James Finch is exactly what I'm looking for, as far as getting back into the race car to have fun." - Kurt Busch

"If you have a car and you win a race, you cannot just settle for that. You must try and make the car better. We're a good car but you always want a bigger engine." - Rafael Benitez

"We must shift the arms race into a 'peace race'." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"We will finish the race." - Barack Obama

"I felt like I already knew how to race by the time I was four. I was always at the race track with my dad. I watched him race thousands of laps in a sprint car standing on top of a trailer watching him, getting down and cleaning the mud off his car. That's just what I grew up doing." - Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

"The race car is harder to drive. If there was an in-car camera that could have watched me saw on that wheel for 500 laps, there wasn't one time I could relax." - Greg Biffle

"Race makes things funny. A black guy driving in NASCAR: not funny. A black guy driving a car sponsored by Tide: not funny. A black guy driving a car sponsored by Aunt Jemima: hilarious." - Carlos Mencia

"I assure you that the training that you get in a midget, in a sprint car and perhaps in a Silver Crown car is really the kind of experience that makes you into a damn good race driver." - Rodger Ward

"I think we'll be in pretty good shape. We've got the same car we ran in all the speedway races since 2001, and it's been a real good car for us. It's led every race we've been in." - Sterling Marlin

"You can't treat a car like a human being. A car requires love." - Walter Rohrl

"The better you get, the less you run around showing off as a muscle guy. You know, you wear regular shirts-not always trying to show off what you have. You talk less about it. It's like you have a little BMW - you want to race the hell out of this car, because you know it's just going 110. But if you see guys driving a Ferrari or a Lamborghini, they slide around at 60 on the freeway because they know if they press on that accelerator they are going to go 170. These things are the same in every field." - Arnold Schwarzenegger

"You think I'm a pretty good race car driver? Wait until you see my brother. He's the best driver in the family." - Kurt Busch

"Janet's a serious racer with some good race-car stuff. She can get the job done. I respect her as a racer." - Neil Bonnett

"It's not about the press. It's not about the notoriety or the celebrity status or anything like that. To me, it's all about driving the race car." - Greg Moore

"If there's anyone in space, what they'll learn about the human race will be listening to us talking on the car phone." - Roger Mcguinn

"the car, by bisecting the human outline, diminishes it, producing a race of half-people in a motion not of their own making" - Marya Mannes

"Dale Earnhardt was the best race car driver there will ever be in NASCAR. I would hope you don't expect me to replace him because nobody ever will." - Kevin Harvick

"I'm like a fine-tuned race car. You've got to make frequent pit stops when you drink as much tea as I do." - Si Robertson

"Driving race cars was an avenue for me to learn how to build my own car, and that was my ambition all along." - Caroll Shelby

"We should make politicians dress like race car drivers - when they get money, make them wear the company logos on their suit." - Jay Leno

"All in all it was a smooth race, the car was very well balanced. I'm very proud to be the first winner here in India." - Sebastian Vettel

"Writers now are putting total faith in designers at Apple and Amazon. It's almost like a race-car driver having no input into how cars are designed." - Jonathan Safran Foer

"I'm gonna be the best dad that ever lived. I'll have a ranch with a race car track and a golf course." - Jeremy London

"One of my biggest problems this season was with the clutch at the start of the race. I hate to risk the car." - Alain Prost

"It's pretty cool to be able to hang out with the President and have the race-winning car on the South Lawn." - Buddy Rice

"Driving race cars was an avenue for me to learn how to build my own car, and that was my ambition all along." - Carroll Shelby

"We couldn't get the car back until well after the end of the race and we had very little time for repairs." - John Surtees

"I'd like to say I'm ready to kick ass and show the guys how it's done. But I'm not here to prove anything about being a woman. I'm here to drive a race car and try to win a race." - Lyn St. James

"I can spend the hour before the race cracking up with all my friends and joking around, but as soon as I get around that race car, I completely change. The focus changes. The competitive juices get flowing." - Denny Hamlin

"This is like my dad's race team where we had one Legend car. If we wrecked it, we couldn't race the next week unless we had enough parts to put it back together again." - Kurt Busch

"I think fear is what keeps us from going over the edge. I mean, as a race car driver, I don't think what makes a good race car driver is a fearless person. I think it's somebody that is comfortable being behind the wheel of something that's somewhat out of control." - Jeff Gordon

"Poetry fettered fetters the human race." - William Blake

"Race prejudice is the devil unchained." - Charles W Chesnutt

"Race ain't nothing but a number." - Carson Cistulli

"Life is a race; desire the goal." - Andrew Michael Ramsay

"The Germans, a race eager for war." - Seneca the Younger

"When I get in the car I love my wife and kids more than anything, but I'm not thinking about that side of things. I'm thinking about the car, I'm thinking about the race and I'm thinking about how to make the car faster." - Scott Dixon

"I am training at such a high level that I actually could eat anything and get by. But as my coach always says, your body is like a car, and food is like your fuel. I am a race car, so I can't just put unleaded fuel in my car. I need that good premium fuel." - Lolo Jones

"Winning is always fun, but the car is more important." - Teemu Selanne

"Couldn't afford a car so he named his daughter Alexis" - Kanye West

"Baptism separates the tire kickers from the car buyers." - Max Lucado

"Get out of my dreams, get into my car." - Billy Ocean

"The civility of no race can be perfect whilst another race is degraded." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"People, like dogs, love repetition. Chasing a ball, lapping a course in a race car, sliding down a slide. Because as much as each incident is similar, so it is different." - Garth Stein

"To be a driver that can cross off one of those marquee events as a winner, that cements your legacy in motorsports, to be able to win the Daytona 500 is the ultimate dream of a race car driver." - Tony Stewart

"Let me ask you. If someone called you and offered you a ride in the Indianapolis 500 and you were a male race car driver, would you turn the ride down?" - Janet Guthrie

"When I think of the pace that I drove my first race, everything was happening a million miles an hour. Now when I get in the car everything happens so much slower." - Dan Wheldon

"You never want to concede a place, but when youre leading the race or fighting for a podium position, you can find ways to make your car very wide!" - Romain Grosjean

"It's neat for Kyle to win, ... I think you'd have sympathy for anybody if you put yourself in that situation and got taken out of the race car. But I have absolutely no information about what was going on." - Greg Biffle

"It was a bit of a surprise for us that we had problems in Hungary. But in reality, I think the car could have been pretty competitive with a trouble-free race." - Fernando Alonso

"The crisis in America that we barely notice anymore is that we've become two nations - divided by poverty, opportunity, and race. It's like a neighbor's car alarm that we don't hear anymore because it rings so often." - Arianna Huffington

"Guys are so predictable. They can't seem to separate fantasy from reality, so I get a lot of bikers and race car drivers hitting on me. They're all just playboys, so they don't interest me." - Michelle Rodriguez

"It's not important how we play. If you have a Ferrari and I have a small car, to beat you in a race I have to break your wheel or put sugar in your tank." - Jose Mourinho

"It's not important how we play. If you have a Ferrari and I have a small car, to beat you in a race I have to break your wheel or put sugar in your tank." - Jose Mourinho

"If there's one great thing I think that's happened over the years, it's that women are being accepted into a man's world in all different areas, whether it's flying an airplane or driving a race car." - Danica Patrick

"I remember, as a young man, wanting to experience a car going at those speeds and being visually nourished by something which I loved so much. And I wanted to race fast cars and have a good time." - Dominic Cooper

"There are not many things you can do to make the car go faster at some racetracks. What you got from the shop is just how you're going to race. It's really about strategy." - Darrell Wallace Jr.

"I had a '56 Ford, and my first car was a '49 Chevy. I converted it to a stick and used to race with the other high school kids down along the river." - Craig T Nelson

"I love race car drivers, I love gymnastics, I love UFC, I love police officers, I love firefighters. I just try to give them the same enjoyment they give me." - Shaquille Oneal

"I have a real passion for driving. Earlier on in my life I wanted to be a race car driver. But I don't pay an extortionate amount of money for cars. I'm pretty frugal." - John Barrowman

"This is so dumb - once time I spray-tanned before a race, and I didn't shower, and I sweated the whole thing off on my car. It was so bad, I told a fan I would never do it again." - Amber Cope

"There are races and then there are races. And without a doubt, the Indy 500 is the race that I've always wanted to attend. And now, to be driving the Corvette Pace Car... this is going to be unbelievable." - Guy Fieri

"The great 'New York Times' columnist Dave Anderson famously slept one year in a child's race-car bed. There he was, Pulitzer Prize and all, snoring as his feet dangled over the rear tires of Lightning McQueen." - Willie Geist

"You never want to concede a place, but when you're leading the race or fighting for a podium position, you can find ways to make your car very wide!" - Romain Grosjean

"Racing is what I live for, and it makes my world go around. Having said that, without the support of the diabetes community, I may not have gotten back into the race car after my diagnosis in October 2007." - Charlie Kimball

"My extensive career, with its victories and defeats, championships, etc., has been well documented. My entire life has been focused on being the best race car driver I can be." - Scott Pruett

"I mean, you've kind of got the track down, especially with ovals. The only thing that improves is that when race conditions come, you know what to expect slightly more from the track and from your car." - Danica Patrick

"I keep my weight low, although you need to be able to move your weight around the race car to change the balance. I'm 6ft and I'm 70kg so I haven't much fat on me." - Jenson Button

"I am very puzzled by the fact that young people are getting infected again. They don't take precautions despite an enormous amount of information. It's like riding a race car at 200 kilometers an hour. Some people like the risk." - Luc Montagnier

"I grew up in the industry, so this whole entertainment thing is my world. If I had to leave it, maybe I'd be a race-car driver. That'd be awesome." - Mitchel Musso

"The first time I fired up a car, felt the engine shudder and the wheel come to life in my hands, I was hooked. It was a feeling I can't describe. I still get it every time I get into a race car." - Mario Andretti

"Like a ship, a car should be named after a girl as it's sexy. My original car was called Kate. But then it got smashed at the opening race in Australia. So we called this one Kate's Dirty Sister because it is more aggressive and faster." - Sebastian Vettel

"Yeah, our car was really good even after the crash. I told you before the race that if we had good track position at the end I thought we could finish good. It was a really good day for our Linksys car. Just a fun day racing." - Jamie McMurray

"I've got a great team of engineers behind this race car. I've got a great bunch of mechanics that make it reliable. This car is developed to go out there and be better than the Reynard, and I feel that it is." - Al Unser

"It's the same way that when the car got going, people thought it would be an electric car, people thought it would be a steam car. Actually, the dark horse in that race was internal combustion, but because of the energy density of gasoline and discovery of oil in large amounts at that point in first Pennsylvania and then Texas, it won out over those other two, to the point that those other two are actually viewed as obscure footnotes in history." - Bill Gates

"Civilization is not a spontaneous generation with any race or nation known to history, but the torch to be handed from race to race from age to age." - Kelly Miller

"In the build-up to a race I begin practising two days beforehand with two other team members. We have an hour and a half practise run together. Then on the next day we have another practise in two separate hour long sessions. On the actual day of competition we do a warm-up run in the car before the race." - Liz Halliday

"I think music can really affect people's emotions and, when I am about to get into a race car, I definitely listen to music with a good beat - that's when you've got the adrenalin pumping. And the time before you go into a race weekend, you have a lot of emotion and adrenalin, and a lot of focus." - Allan Mcnish

"I am a racer. I'm not a race car driver. I am a racer. I race. That's what I do. I don't go on vacations. I don't take my family on vacations because I don't have a family. My family is the racing family." - Tony Stewart

"The monkey is an organized sarcasm upon the human race." - Henry Ward Beecher

"Be not proud of race, face, place, or grace." - Charles Spurgeon

"A race track is a place where windows clean people." - Danny Thomas

"The artist is the antenna of the race." - Ezra Pound

"Scribblers are a self-conceited and self-worshipping race." - Horace

"The race to win turns us all into losers." - Alfie Kohn

"I have never understood the notion that we could continue to focus on race in order to get over race, that we have to be race conscious in order not to be race conscious." - Clarence Thomas

"Civilization is a race between education and catastrophe." - H G Wells

"He may well win the race that runs by himself." - Benjamin Franklin

"Folly is perennial and yet the human race has survived." - Bertrand Russell

"When a pagan race comes in contact with a Christian race, they are converted, absorbed, or exterminated." - Joseph R. Bartlett

"We commend GM for being the first out of the starting gate in the Great Plug-In Car Race of 2007. GM's announcements are the biggest victories yet for and other PHEV advocates. Now our campaign is in third gear. We'll work with the auto industry, government, fleet buyers and advocates to get to the day - soon, not in a decade - when customers can buy PHEVs as easily as any other car." - Felix Kramer

"I like the girls to match the upholstery of the car." - Charlie Barnet

"Gotta go let me get the car key You don't want it wit the Harajuku Barbie" - Nicki Minaj

"This one doesn't exist. The prettiest girl and the best car don't exist as well." - Evgeni Plushenko

"My next adventure will be being in a car with Mischa at the wheel." - Rachel Bilson

"Every parent knows that for a kid, the car is chloroform.." - Ray Romano

"I often pay homeless people to come round and clean my car." - Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

"I have a Volvo S60R and its a pretty fast car, the R says it all." - Josie Maran

"I'm supposed to be a musical genius, but I can't work the car seat that well." - Kanye West

"In L.A., the only thing within walking distance is your car." - Rene Balcer

"emotion without discipline is as dangerous as a high-powered car without brakes." - Helen Kieran Reilly

"Middle age is when you get in the car and immediately change the radio station." - Patricia Penton Leimbach

"Nail me to my car and I'll tell you who you are" - Chris Burden

"A black, a Puerto Rican and a Mexican are in a car. Who's driving? The police." - Muhammad Ali

"A website without SEO is like a car with no gas." - Paul Cookson

"The last time I actually drove a car myself was 1996." - Hillary Clinton

"Getting your license gives you the right to pick your nose in the car." - Taylor Hanson

"We ran well there in the November 2012, my first race with (Tony) Gibson (as crew chief). Unfortunately, we haven't left there without a torn up race car. We got caught up in accidents in November of 2012 and then again in November 2013. We cut a tire and crashed last spring, so it'd be nice to have a good clean run with the GoDaddy car. I like Phoenix and Gibson has won there a few times. Hopefully our luck will turn around and we can have a good smooth run and get back on track." - Danica Patrick

"I work out hard, and I do things that I feel make me better throughout the race and after the race. And I feel better mentally because of working out, being prepared and being in great shape. Driving the car, I think with reflexes and things throw at your so quickly, you have to make adjustments - the feeling of your car, the heat. Some tracks can be tough on your neck and arms, and other tracks, not so much. I think there's a lot there that definitely takes some athletic ability, and I think that helps being athletic and being prepared like that. It helps me for sure." - Kasey Kahne

"Ty and I are extremely competitive. We don't go soft on each other. We push each other, which ultimately helps us both. We race against each other in everything we do, whether it's a foot race to the car when we go out to a restaurant at night or on the racetrack. It's in the back of my mind that he's on the track with me, but we're both competitive and want to win." - Austin Dillon

"As a kid, I loved my Matchbox cars, my Big Wheels, and the race cars on TV. When I laid eyes on my first go-kart when I was just five, it gave my desire for making things with wheels go fast a focus. This combined with the fact that I've been incredibly competitive since a young age made for the proper mix of passion and aggression to become a race car driver." - Andy Lally

"A team sport is different because you have to work with other human beings as a team. With racing, we're alone on the race track. We work with the team to prepare the car for racing, and we communicate during the race about pit-stops and strategy, but when you're driving, you're by yourself and you need to be strong mentally for an hour and a half." - Jacques Villeneuve

"My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself: Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you'll win... channel your energy. Focus." - Carl Lewis

"We believe as much in the purity of race as we think they do... We believe also that the white race of South Africa should be the predominating race." - Mahatma Gandhi

"When it came to spankings, my dad never used a belt. One time he grabbed a piece of my Hot Wheels race car track. In my mind I'm thinking, 'Great, now I'm being beaten with my own toys...' Thank God I didn't get that wood burning set I wanted." - Scott Wood

"You know, I was pretty comfortable where I was at. We had cars that could win races (at Roush). I know (Joe Gibbs Racing is) expecting me to perform and do my job. Before this year, I can't remember the last time I've ever been nervous at all inside of a race car." - Matt Kenseth

"I just loved the driving part. If I didn't race anybody, it didn't make any difference as long as I could drive. It's just the physical part of getting in the car and being able to go run fast and being able to drive." - Kyle Petty

"I lean on a lot of drivers. I have a dirt racing background so I gravitate towards asking for advice from drivers who also dirt race, people like Clint Bowyer since dirt racers seem to have a similar driving style and like the car set up similarly." - Austin Dillon

"The secret of the creative life is how to feel at ease with your own embarrassment. We're all in the dirty laundry business and we're being paid to take risks and look silly. Race car drivers get paid to risk their lives in a more concrete way; we get paid to risk our lives in an emotional way." - Paul Schrader



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