It appears that I have been too long away from this thread and it has moved in directions other than the original spirit of the post. This is a good thing however, it shows that I sparked some thoughts in the readers. Please do not misunderstand. I love the Pod Race in and of itself. My point is rather, what is the point of Pod Racing in general if almost no one finishes the race? Is it meant to be some kind of Wacky Races meets demolition derby? I am pleased to hear that one of my favorite of the "tekno muppets", Ratts Tyrell, appears to have survived his seemingly deadly crash. As a self-styled King of Justification, I am forced to put forward the possibility that each pod is protected (or at least the driver) by a force field or shields of some kind. This would increase the survival rate and let someone make a career out of Pod Racing.