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…

Treading Lightly: Tires at Indy

Tire problems again, but the issue here was different than the tire problems we saw in Atlanta earlier in the year. At Atlanta, the tire was too hard. The drivers complained that they didn’t have enough grip to race. That wasn’t the problem today. Let’s look at the anatomy of…

Is the Tapered Spacer Rule Fair?

Combustion is the chemical reaction that converts gasoline into motion.  If you remember back to balancing equations in high school chemistry, that often tedious exercise is entirely due to the fact that chemical reactions are just plain picky. The octane molecule – one of the common molecules in gasoline –…

Steve Peterson: Thank You

When I look at Jayski.com and see the title ‘Sad News’, I always read the story. It doesn’t matter if I don’t recognize the name: I figure we owe it to the people who had an impact on this sport to recognize their contributions. This is the first time I’ve…

Testing…1…2…

Scene Daily reports that NASCAR has given teams the draft of a new testing policy. At present, there are a limited number of NASCAR-sanctioned tests, plus teams are free to test as much as they want at tracks the Cup series doesn’t race at. According to the article, the main…

Is More Horsepower Always Better?

A number of drivers and owners have said that Toyota engines have more horsepower. “I think everybody in the garage is down on horsepower compared to what the Toyotas are.” Kevin Harvick One report of dyno tests after the 150’s at Daytona last February said that the #20 had at…

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….

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