Pocono Raceway Solar Farm: Sheep Power
People often point to NASCAR as being an environmentally unredeemable sport because it involves cars burning gasoline. For some reason, people looking for an easy answer like to suggest that NASCAR turn to electric cars and that would make everything better. But the cars on track are a very (very) small part […]
Goodyear Tracking Change
Repaving is the last possible remedy a track wants to use, but when potholes (see: Daytona) show up, there is no choice but to tear up the old asphalt and replace it with new, fresh blacktop. In the last few years, Daytona, Phoenix, Michigan, Pocono and Kansas have all been […]
Lightning Safety at Racetracks
A little late with this because I have been in New York City at a meeting. It was an important enough meeting that I missed the race on Sunday. I was sad to read Monday that a race fan was killed by a lightening strike (and nine others were injured) […]
If you mouse over the triangle in the upper right-hand side of the Pocono Raceway website, you can see the track dimensions. Those numbers give you a pretty good idea why this track drives crew chiefs crazy. Facts and Figures First – how tight are the turns? The larger the […]
PIt Road Speeding FAQ
A new record for pit road speeding penalties was set at Pocono this weekend. Drivers were able to compensate and there weren’t a lot of penalties after the first set. The question remains: why all the speeding penalties?
Pocono: The Shifty Triangle
NASCAR engines like to run at about 8000-9500 rpm (revolutions per minute); however, the tires on the car rotate around 2400 rpm at 200 mph. The gearing in the transmission and the rear end gear reduce the rotational engine speed, with different gears providing different reductions. When you talk about the size of a gear, you’re actually talking about the relative sizes of a pair of gears. The gear on the left in the diagram has 20 teeth, while the gear on the right has 10 teeth, so this gear would be a 2:1, meaning that the smaller gear rotates twice every time the larger gear rotates once.
The Math of Fuel Mileage
I guess when you have people feeding you all the numbers you need through your earpiece, you think they’re easy to come by. That’s the only explanation I can figure out for the snarky comments by television commentators about crews not being “smart enough” to figure out how much gas to put in the car so that it doesn’t run out before the end of the race. There have been a lot of fuel mileage races the last few weeks. Pocono is traditionally also highly likely to be a fuel mileage race, so let’s clarify how easy (or hard) it is to not run out of fuel.
Goodyear’s Tire Solution
There’s a wonderful gadget called wordle that analyzes text and picks out the words that are used with greatest frequency. So I had it analyze the blog and this is what it came up with. Maybe it’s because they counted tire and tires as two separate words, but I sure […]