By admin | June 18, 2011
By Richard Allen
As has been well reported by now, the three Joe Gibbs Racing teams have become the target of NASCAR scorn this weekend in Michigan because of some unapproved oil pans. The sanctioning body confiscated. The parts in question will likely draw penalties in the near future.
It is this sort of thing that has caused me to so very often take issue with NASCAR on this website in recent years. JGR should not be punished for what they have done, they should be allowed to reap the reward of using creative thinking.
NASCAR has to approve the oil pans on race cars? Really? Talk about over-regulation.
Supposedly, the pans in question were far heavier than the average piece. The reason for using a heavier pan would be to redistribute weight within the car to a more beneficial location. More weight in the lower front of the car could potentially improve handling.
A team that can think to do something like that is not cheating, they are outsmarting everyone else. Isnâ€™t that supposed to be the sort of thing that is rewarded in America?
This is the kind of thinking that is supposed to make NASCAR unique. Finding a creative advantage within the rule book, or otherwise not addressed in the rule book, are the types of things that have landed or will land a number of crew chiefs and old time owners in the Hall of Fame.
Now, NASCAR has to approve the most minor of parts on every car. With each passing day NASCAR is moving toward a situation in which they will build cars from the ground up and sell or lease them to the teams. Each car will be exactly alike, with no creativity or ingenuity allowed.
If I wanted to watch identically prepared cars ride around in a parade, I could just as easily go to Pigeon Forge and watch tourists â€˜raceâ€™ on any number of go-kart tracks. Come on, NASCAR. Remember where you came from before you kill your future.
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