Let's hear it for the lefties!
Posted 17 July 2001 - 23:08
When Franchitti stopped to sign an autograph on his walk back to the pits, being left-handed myself, (should there be a hyphen there?) I noticed immediately that he is too. Just as I was feeling smug, the commentators started a brief discussion about the fact that so many race drivers seem to be southpaws.
So are they? How many of them and who? Does anybody know?
Posted 18 July 2001 - 00:18
Cymru am Byth!
Posted 18 July 2001 - 10:31
That was my expectation when I read the question. Certain professions have an unusually high proportion of lefties, such as computing/IT and, apparently, astronauts. I don't know any details for racing drivers, but as a lefty myself I'd be fascinated to find out.
Originally posted by Captain Cook
... Unless of course you were referring to the properties of the hemispheres to which the hands are connected. That is a different matter entirely! ...
Posted 18 July 2001 - 18:00
Come on now, all you experts. How many other lefties have been top drivers?
I have this strong feeling that when S. Moss casually signed a book for me at Silverstone a couple of years back, he used his left hand. My good lady wife says that I told her so when I came home, but I don't remember!
Posted 18 July 2001 - 19:12
I never really paid attention to what drivers were lefty!
Posted 18 July 2001 - 22:40
Posted 18 July 2001 - 22:57
BTW: I have sent an email to cart.com asking how many of the current CART drivers (as well as past greats) are left handed. Will let you know when they get back to me.
I'll bet most of the IRL drivers are right handed.
Posted 18 July 2001 - 23:02
Originally posted by Roger Clark
It's widely known that left handed people are generally of above average intelligence (he says typing with his left hand) and have particularly strong imaginations, left handeness being linked to the right side of the brain which is responsible for creativity. This surely rules out most racing drivers.
The majority of NHL hockey players are left handed. Is that intelligence?