With a high performance car, when you gun it the weight is shifted off of the front axle and onto the rear. This can lead to wheel hop in a FWD which is known to do some serious damage. Where as with a RWD, with a decent setup you would get the traction to launch.
In a more practical light though,
RWDs oversteer (rear comes loose in hard turn)
FWDs understeer (front tire 'plows' and fights the turn)
RWDs are dangerous on ice if you have to stay on the gas because the tires can come out from under you.
FWD are safer on ice, but if you hit the gas while turning you may not turn.