Will You Be Able to Tell if NASCAR Cars are Slower in 2019?
When is the answer to better racing slower cars? It just might be for NASCAR. Note: This post analyzes the change in speed due to the new rules package. Please don’t interpret it as my defending the rules change. I won’t be making up my mind on whether this package…
A Numbers Geek Looks at Las Vegas
A couple observations about history at Las Vegas…
From the Lab Notebook: Las Vegas and the Mysteriously Missing Oil Tank Cover
As we head for Las Vegas this weekend, I thought I’d repost on of my most popular posts from stockcarscience.com on 3/5/2008 since the redirects for the old stockcarscience.com site don’t work reliably. The post is about Carl Edwards’ 2008 win at Las Vegas when the team was subsequently fined for having their oil tank cover lid askew at the end of the race. I have edited the post extensively, adding some new information and better graphics.
OPINION The Future of Motorsports Safety II: The Center for Motorsports Safety Research
The official Indycar report on Dan Wheldon’s death was released today. The obvious question is “what do we do now”?
The Future of Motorsports Safety I: Catchfences, Open Cockpits, High Banking and High Speeds
Since Dan Wheldon’s fatal accident at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, I’ve read many words of grief, tribute and, more recently, of thoughts about what happens next.
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 …Tires (Part I)
Lets start by pointing out that tire performance is a really, really complicated issue. There are a lot of variables involved. This post ended up getting way too long, so Im going to address the issue in two (or three, depending on how part two goes) parts. The first part…