As with many great automotive memes, this one came from Jalopnik, via a commenter named Hoyle. You can see the original comment here, and it was later spotted by the wise editors of Jalopnik and named the “Commenter of the Day.”
The meme continued the next day, with a picture of a race tire and the captain “Why? Because Race Car” and suddenly, an internet phenomenon had been born.
The answer to all of life’s questions has been answered.
The meaning of life has been discovered.
We have seen nirvana.
Because Race Car.