Automotive setups and extra addressed this week


Listed here are a few of the questions submitted by followers in the course of the offseason within the second version of the NASCAR Mailbag for 2019.

Hello Jim, What are variations between qualifying and race setups in NASCAR? I do know groups have a tendency so as to add extra tape to the entrance grille for extra downforce in qualifying on the expense of engine cooling, however what different issues do groups do for qualifying and race setups? – From Ray

Ray, the largest variations in qualifying set-up is using a most quantity of grille tape on the entrance grille, usually a lighter weight rear gear oil is used, the alternator belt could also be disconnected, there could also be a most quantity of camber used on the entrance wheels, air ducts on the facet home windows could also be taped up and usually not one of the automobile’s followers are turned on. – Jim Utter

Hey Guys, What’s the probability of NASCAR going to inventory motors? The entire producers have road motors within the 500-700 HP vary.  This might even carry Dodge again. I’m uncertain of the torque of those as it isn’t as attractive as horsepower, however it might actually put inventory again into inventory automobile and win on Sunday promote on Monday. – From Alan

Alan, thanks the query. NASCAR continues to make use of 90-degree pushrod V8 engines for 2 causes – the simplicity of the engine, which helps by way of policing groups’ manufacturing of them, and from a value standpoint, they are usually inexpensive. NASCAR will in some unspecified time in the future transfer towards a extra fashionable V6 sooner or later, however solely when the game and its groups are in adequate monetary form to bear the burden of the event and changeover prices related to such a transfer. This 12 months’s aero package deal, which reduces horsepower on tracks greater than 1-mile in size is one other step within the route of utilizing engines extra like these in vehicles in the present day. – Jim Utter

Okay, the primary driver 1 lap down will get a lap again on the warning, why does not the first driver 2 laps down get a lap again and the first driver three laps down get a lap again and so forth, would assist all drivers to get again to the lead lap. I’ve watched racing for years and by no means have understood why this does not occur? Are you able to please clarify. Thank You, Ricky

Ricky, really, the rule states that beneath warning, the primary automobile not on the lead lap receives the free move. Normally, that could be a automobile one lap down, but it surely does not need to be. If the primary automobile not on the lead lap is 2 laps down, then that automobile will get on of its laps again. – Jim Utter

I’m a NASCAR Fan and a Motorsports fan. I used to be questioning if NASCAR would ever be as much as operating the roval for the Daytona July race? The 24 hour race makes use of it and has been a success for years. – From Sam

Sam, across the time of the Roval’s debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway, there was dialogue of what different tracks could try and do the identical factor. Daytona Worldwide Speedway rapidly dismissed the concept the observe would make the most of its street course for NASCAR occasions. – Jim Utter

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