Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Harry Robe, John O'Connor, Elsie Dotson

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The personality profile of 25 United States Auto Club sprint car drivers was compared to the previously established profile compiled by Dr. Keith Johnsgard, Dr. Bruce Ogilvie, and Kenneth Merrit on 30 highly successful Formula I and Sports Car Club of America sports car drivers using the Edwards Personal Preference Schedule (EPPS) as the instrument of differentiation. Although no statistical significance was attached to the difference between means of the two groups due to a lack of variance estimates for the 15 scales that comprise the EPPS regarding the sports car driving group, quite similar scores were obtained on 13 of the 15 scales with the sprint car driving group having an apparent greater need for aggression and an apparent lesser need for abasement than did the sports car driving group.

In addition, an attempt was made to delineate group specific personality characteristics of the USAC sprint car drivers by comparing the EPPS profile of the more successful group with that of the less successful group. In this instance, a one way analysis of variance was performed between the two groups. Results showed no statistically significant difference between the overall profile of the two groups.


Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sports Studies