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Aerodynamic Forces

Why Safety Takes Time

I suppose it’s really our own fault because of the way we teach science.

We give you labs constructed to get the right answer on the first try. We have you measure things you already know the value of. We tell you that things were invented by a single person on a specific date. […]

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Aerodynamic Forces

Brief Thoughts on the Nationwide Accident at Daytona

We’ve been painting the house. I was straining to hear EPSN’s commentary over the swoosh-swish of the paint roller as the race came to a close – but it was all too easy to hear the change the tone of Allen Bestwick’s voice. We heard it recently from Marty Reid in Vegas. I remember the first-hand feeling sitting about 50 yards from Michael McDowell’s wreck during qualifying at Texas. A track full of race fans – all quiet – is one of the worst sounds in all of sports. […]

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Biffle, Greg

Secrets of the Gen-6 Car: Superstrength Windshields

A number of drivers have sounded a common refrain: the CoT was engineered to be safe … and that’s why it was… well… sort of ugly and not very racy. The Gen-6 car is a much better looking vehicle and (once the teams get a handle on the engineering) it should also give us a better show. But don’t let its looks fool you: NASCAR did not forgot safety in the Gen-6 car. […]