Retirements, Replacements and Rookies
Retirement He didn’t use the word ‘retirement’, but the sad news last week was that Matt Kenseth won’t have a Cup ride in 2018. It’s partly his choice. He could have done a Kasey Kahne and taken a ride with a lower-level team, but Matt said he wouldn’t race if […]
The Virtual Reality of Racing Simulators
You are hurtling down the frontstretch at Michigan, your speed approaching 215 mph. Your seat moves up and down as you hit the seams, but your focus is squarely on getting into Turn 1 losing as little speed as possible. You squeeze the brakes and feel yourself moving forward, only to realize that you’re still moving too quickly. As the car starts to head toward the wall, you panic and squeeze the brake even harder.
The car snaps loose and the next thing you feel… is an engineer’s hand on your shoulder. You turn around to see her barely suppressing a smile.
RPM, Roush, Murphey the Mustang and the Pride of Ownership
I was 14 years old the last time I stood in line to get an autograph. It was at the Target store in Brookfield, WI and a chance to have my album cover signed by Boston (the band, not the city). The only reason I went was that a group […]
Engine Blowups: A Consequence of the Testing Ban?
The stock car science blog has been a little behind due to a really big project I’ve been working on that has taken up every spare moment of writing time the last few months. The good news is that there (finally) will be an announcement at Texas Motor Speedway the […]
The Science of …Front Sway Bars (Roush Fenway and Others)
David Poole has a great summary of what we currently know about ‘Partgate’. I think it’s safe to state from the media reports that a front sway bar went missing from Roush Fenway Racing last year and that its absence was discovered only when a vendor reported to RFR that […]