Ovals in motor racing instinctively make me reach for the remote control whenever I see them on TV.
For a faraway observer, they’re possibly the hardest part of motorsport to understand, in that there just doesn’t appear to be any skill involved. Hell, I can’t drive, but I’m pretty sure I can turn the steering wheel left for a while.
Yet in reality oval racing isn’t just about turning left (or right, depending on the track). It’s about angles, the quality and slope of the ground, the tyres, and the other drivers all competing for the best line and ideal speed.