Treading Lightly: Tires at Indy

Tire problems again, but the issue here was different than the tire problems we saw in Atlanta earlier in the year. At Atlanta, the tire was too hard. The drivers complained that they didn’t have enough grip to race. That wasn’t the problem today. Let’s look at the anatomy of…

Is the Tapered Spacer Rule Fair?

Combustion is the chemical reaction that converts gasoline into motion.  If you remember back to balancing equations in high school chemistry, that often tedious exercise is entirely due to the fact that chemical reactions are just plain picky. The octane molecule – one of the common molecules in gasoline –…

Steve Peterson: Thank You

When I look at Jayski.com and see the title ‘Sad News’, I always read the story. It doesn’t matter if I don’t recognize the name: I figure we owe it to the people who had an impact on this sport to recognize their contributions. This is the first time I’ve…

Testing…1…2…

Scene Daily reports that NASCAR has given teams the draft of a new testing policy. At present, there are a limited number of NASCAR-sanctioned tests, plus teams are free to test as much as they want at tracks the Cup series doesn’t race at. According to the article, the main…

Is More Horsepower Always Better?

A number of drivers and owners have said that Toyota engines have more horsepower. “I think everybody in the garage is down on horsepower compared to what the Toyotas are.” Kevin Harvick One report of dyno tests after the 150’s at Daytona last February said that the #20 had at…

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