Great sports car races are often compared to releasing 1,000 bees from a hive or hornets from a nest.
It’s a relentless buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz of race car engines and exhaust systems that never seems to stop, whether in practice, qualifying or during a race.
Although the sound can be an aural symphony at first, it can eventually be infuriating for some people who listen to it for hours.
And when you’re on an endurance race like the Rolex 24 at Daytona, well let’s just say the noise can get downright annoying at times.
NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray, who competes for boss Chip Ganassi’s No. 02 team in the event at Daytona International Speedway, is a perfect example.
McMurray told The Associated Press on Friday that while he loves attending events like the Rolex, the resulting sound effects are something he could do without.
“We had a meeting last night in our RV with all the guys, and there were cars on the track practicing,” McMurray said. “There was a short moment of silence, and you could still hear the cars quite clearly in your head as we were in the motorhome. I shouted, ‘Stop! I hate that noise!”
Because of the noise, I think it would be a fair assessment that McMurray has no plans to get into sports car racing full-time anytime soon, such as once his NASCAR career is over.
For him, maybe once or twice a year is about what he can tolerate, especially when it comes to trying to sleep.
“When you go back to the bus and you’re trying to sleep, you can’t because all you can hear is gears changing and cars driving by,” McMurray said. “You listen to this for literally 24 hours – it drives you crazy.”
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