Was Patrick’s Pole a Fluke?
Patrick Carpentier is usually smiling, but his smile was special Friday after he won the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Nanoseconds hadn’t elapsed before commentators started attributing his win to the 1 hour, 45-minute delay that was caused by rain. Clearly the changing track conditions were responsible for one […]
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 […]
Is the New Car’s Problem Heat or Something Else?
Some drivers have stumbled out of their cars and asked reporters for a few moments to hydrate and catch their breath before giving interviews the last few weeks. At Pocono, Denny Hamlin and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., in particular, looked flushed and tired. Drivers say the new car is too hot. […]
Why NASCAR Made a Yaw Rule
Yaw makes the new car easier to drive. So why did NASCAR make a rule limiting the amount of yaw allowed in the car? Initially, NASCAR was steadfast that they weren’t going to make a rule about yaw. They [complain] when we’ve got too many rules and then they want […]
Why Inner Liners are Required on the Tires at Dover
Q: Inner liners are required at Dover, which is one-mile track. What is an inner liner and why is Dover the only one-mile track at which it is required? A: If you look at a picture of a tire (and this one is from a race at Lowes Motor Speedway), […]
Sideforce is the New Downforce
Thanks so much to Dave Moody for having me on his (and Suzy’s) show last week. Following that show, I got a number of suggestions for future blog ideas. My favorites ones are the folks who send driver quotes and ask basically if the driver has any idea what he’s […]
Why the New Car Won’t Turn, Part I: The Center of Gravity
Listen for me on Dave Moody‘s show, Sirius Speedway, this Thursday (May 22nd) at 3:40 p.m. Eastern time. We’ll be talking about how the cars looked at the All-Star race and I’ve learned a couple new things about yaw that I haven’t had time to put in a post yet, […]
Why Jeff Gordon is Jealous of Carl Edwards’ Yaw
Apparently, Jeff Gordon has a slight case of yaw envy. David Newton reports on ESPN.com that Gordon asked NASCAR to take a look at the No. 99 car of Carl Edwards because he thinks that yaw is the reason Carl’s been so competitive this season. You may have learned that […]
Yaw Envy – Repost
Apparently, Jeff Gordon has a slight case of yaw envy. David Newton reports on ESPN.com that Gordon asked NASCAR to take a look at the No. 99 car of Carl Edwards because he thinks that yaw is the reason Carl’s been so competitive this season.
The Science of …Base Valves and Taking Away a Win
Brad Wilson asks: “The NASCAR Camping World East Series is a regional tour that is merely a blip on the radar that is big-time racing, but NASCAR changed a precedent this Tuesday. They stripped driver Peyton Sellers of his win completely and put him in last place, instead of fining […]