Archive for Month: July 2014
Firewalls and Aerodynamics
My friend at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, Dave Kallman (whose online column should be a regular read for race fans) asked about the confiscated firewalls from the Number 11 car at Indy. That reminded me of the first NASCAR race I was supposed to attend as research for my book The Physics of NASCAR. That was California in 2007. I was to follow around the number 19 car, at that time driven by Elliott Sadler and crew chiefed by Josh Browne.
The Dirt on Radials vs. Bias-Ply Tires
ne of my favorite memories from Nebraska was coming home from the I-80 Speedway covered in a dusting of red clay. (Planting in that clay was another question entirely.) But there’s something about dirt tracks that you just don’t get at the asphalt ones.
How Fast Would NASCAR Cars Go at Daytona without Restrictor Plates?
Doug Yates was guest on Dave Moody’s SiriusXM Speedway last week. He brought up a conversion you hear a lot in the week before Daytona and Talladega. Every 25 horsepower in the engine translates to about a 1 second decrease in lap times. Dave did the math: Removing the plates would increase the engine by 450 horsepower. Four hundred and fifty more horsepower equates to 18 seconds off the lap time, assuming all other things equal. That last part was a very important qualification. It will come back to haunt us in a moment.
How Much Difference Does One Position Make in NASCAR Winnings?
Given all the rain at Daytona this weekend, there was plenty of time to think about auxiliary NASCAR issues. Regular readers know that I’m a huge fan of the racing-reference.info website because they have a trove of data just waiting to be analyzed. The spouse asked about payouts and whether it […]