Nascar drivers don't seem to have a very thurough understanding of slip angles or latteral loads. Watch them road race sometime. I remember watching a year or two ago and 3 guys tried to go into a hairpin way to hot and side by side. The inside guy figured he could lean on and ride the middle guy, the middle guy figured he could lean on/ride the outside guy and the outside guy thought he went wide enough that he could go faster. They all ended up spinning, they spun in such a fashion that it looked synchronized, in spinning they made a solid wall of nasCAR. I laughed for over a week at that one.
Besides, am I the only one that doesn't think Robby and Jeff are related, ie they aren't related.
PS I know, I know way too much about NASCAR, but when you are hard up for racing and didn't have cable you'll take what you can get .
I've gotten to ride at speed around most NASCAR tracks when I was working installing digital video and telemetry in NASCAR cars. Bristol with the extreme banked turns was a least favorite. And the super-speedways were a bit boring. Most of the drivers knew I did rally and would purposely drive a little erratic to see if it'd scare me. My usual response after the rides were, "where were the jumps?" The wall never seemed as threatening as trees and exposure does in rallying. What was awesome was the Gforces and grip.
Geez, those country boys can party. Just wish I could understand what they were saying half the time. ********.
ER Don't underestimate NEKCAR drivers understanding of tires , I know the exact three wide spin you refer to. At the recent Rotax Max Nationals I watched 3 Kart guys do the same thing and they are road racers. What you saw was how competitive NASCAR is , the few road racers I know who have switched to oval track and run some Southwest Tour and Truck races say it is incredible how hard everyone is trying from the shop & crew to the drivers waaay down in the field. They aren't even refering to the Cup races which are even more cut throat , so those hillbilly manouvers are a product of guys drivin their arse off for 23rd
>Nascar drivers don't seem to have a very thurough
>understanding of slip angles or latteral loads.
Wrong assumption. Most of the good drivers have very good general knowlegde of vehicle and tire dynamics. In fact, on a more steady-state level, they're probably some of the most precise and senstive drivers around.
>Looking at the website, it seems the event is a bit
>different this year, in a stadium, all tarmac, ferraris,
>rally cars, ROC cars, and the lineup of drivers is
TARMAC? Ughh, there goes any interest I had in ROC. I can tolerate tarmac rallying, but I have no interest in watching the "world's best drivers" in an event that is now nothing more than a glorified autocross.
This is more like a glorified circle track-solo. The whole thing is inside a stadium as opposed to the big motocross style track and is just a big figure 8 with a crossover. No jumps. No splashes. No balls.
Commercialism has ruined yet another good event.
Of course, I'm sure that Ferrari's marketing team are patting themselves on the back.
>TARMAC? Ughh, there goes any interest I had in ROC. I can
>tolerate tarmac rallying, but I have no interest in watching
>the "world's best drivers" in an event that is now nothing
>more than a glorified autocross.
Look at the bright side; at least it's not an oval.
The IROC was once upon a time an interesting event.