"We wanted to give the race fans something other auto events did not -- audience participation in the race," said Jack Caliper, the president of the 3- month-old Nazcar.
Before the start of every race, 12 spectators are selected to be passengers in the cars. "Obviously, that changes the dynamics of the race," said Caliper. "The cars can't move quite as fast. But the thrill of watching ordinary people as part of the action compensates for that."
Racers were initially hesitant about having another person riding shotgun.
"Their screams are a distraction," said Nazcar champion Derrick Burns. "I've always accepted the risks involved in racing but I don't like being responsible for someone else's life."
"I've been lucky," said driver Hugh Plover. "All my passengers have fainted well before the halfway mark, so it hasn't really been a problem -- except once, when this woman fell over with her head in my lap. That broke my concentration a little."
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