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The Fast and the Frugal

Computer technology is everywhere -- even in places where you'd never expect. In cars, for example, dozens of specialized microchips and computer codes help to operate and control the car more efficiently and safety. And in motor racing sports, that's seen as both good and bad.

Computer and electronic technology has become firmly embedded in some classes of professional car racing, such as Formula One. Tiny sensors embedded in cars and racetracks, for example, help officials keep accurate lap times and scores. Microchips embedded in engines and transmissions help drivers get the most performance out of their cars -- and keep crews informed about what needs adjusting at pit stops.

But all that technology can cost millions of dollars for racing teams and their sponsors. And that's something the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing group would like to avoid.

"NASCAR consistently and continuously tries to keep technology out of our sport," said two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip. "You know how much it costs to race a Formula One car and how computer-controlled those things are. NASCAR doesn't want to get into that field."

But that doesn't mean technology hasn't made its way into the sport. Like Formula One racing, sensors in the racetrack and cars help track officials monitor racers' speeds and lap times, which aids for more accurate scoring and enhance safety.

"As technology advances, what we've done is created a safer race car to race in," says Kurt Busch, winner of last year's Nextel Cup. "But we still have some of the old mechanics of a regular car."

After all, he says. Fans expect teams to live up to the racing sport's name of "stock" -- as in, just the basics of auto racing.

-- Michael Barr, ABC News

Cybershake is produced for ABC News Radio by Andrea J. Smith.

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