(June 18) HARRISBURG, Pa. — Certainly, driving a car more spaceship than auto — with its two wings, four fins and 45-degree angle aerodynamics — in excess of 170 mph can’t be the easiest, let alone safest, way to toss a salad.

But it just might be the most fun.

That’s the premise behind the new World of Outlaws Sprint Cars 2002 video game, which pits you, the driver, behind one of these radically shaped sprint cars — known for those big wings on top that keep them from flipping — racing around dirt tracks at more than twice the speed of any posted limit.

One of the sprint cars you can control is the Salad Car, sponsored by Verdelli Farms Inc., Harrisburg, driven on the PlayStation2 game, as in real-life, by Brian Paulus of Mechanicsburg, Pa.

“Going from the world of coleslaws to the World of Outlaws has been a great experience for Verdelli Farms,” Mike Verdelli, vice president of sales and marketing, said in a news release.

Paulus — who has the real-life record for the fastest one-lap time, 16.14 seconds, at P&P Motorsports Racing Team of Mechanicsburg’s Williams Grove Speedway — is among 24 World of Outlaws drivers, and a dozen tracks, you can use in the game.

The game’s marketer, Infogrames Inc., New York, says Sprint Cars 2002 features day- and nighttime racing; spectacular collisions, including damage that affects how a vehicle performs; and in-game commentary. The game also includes historical video, interviews with the drivers and real racing footage.

The idea to sponsor the P&P car came when a promoter at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in North Carolina and friend of the Paulus team, Todd Fisher, suggested the then silver and gold car be turned into a speeding salad. Paulus, a graphic artist, came up with the design, and Verdelli has been sponsoring the car since 1998.

Two years ago, at the Knoxville (Tenn.) Nationals — the 160-car “Super Bowl” of the Sprint Car circuit, said Dawne Pender, president of P&P -— the Salad Car won best of show.

In early June at a race in Terre Haute, Ind., some of Paulus’s fans, apparently tired of the traditionally autographed hats, shirts and posters, presented No. 28 with copies of the new game.