Are SAFER Barriers Everywhere the Solution?
TL;DR: No. As the extent of Kyle Busch’s injury Saturday evening at Daytona became evident, Twitter erupted in angry calls for SAFER barriers to be put up on every wall at every track. An interesting division of sides appeared. A small number of people cautioned that simply plastering every track with […]
The Science of Speed: Week Ending 10/31/13
My weekly roundup of math, statistics and science-related motorsports stories… and a few things that maybe are more notable for their lack of speed. Racecar Engineering has a lovely series of videos on how to make an F1 car from R&D to putting the whole thing together. Fascinating to compare […]
Do Some Manufacturers Have An Engine Advantage at Plate Tracks?
Elliott Sadler, in response to the question Dodge seems to be struggling a little more than the other makes this year. Is there anything that NASCAR should do, or can do, to help the Dodge teams out? said: Just help us a little bit on restrictor plate races. The gears […]
The Driver of Tomorrow
Enough about the Car of Tomorrow already. Let’s talk about the Driver of Tomorrow and the Race Team of Tomorrow. Are drivers still important or is the new car really a remote control toy for the engineers? A number of drivers have complained they don’t think they play a very […]
Darwin at Daytona
OK, I have to admit that I napped a bit through the Daytona 500. My favorite car (the No. 19 because Elliott Sadler has some really fine looking hound dogs!) was hiding in the middle of the pack most of the race. The cats were sleeping because, well, that’s what […]