Logano Would Like Changes to Cool Cars by Michiganby Kyle Pokrefky July 28, 2015 0 comments
SPEEDWAY, Ind. — If there was one word to best describe Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 43 drivers to take the green flag of the 22nd annual Brickyard 400, it’d be ‘sweltering.’
As the temperatures outside of the cars soared into the high-80s on Sunday, each driver was left baking in cars where the temperatures reached over 140 degrees during a race run.
Part of the blame for the abnormally-high temperatures was attributed to the effect of the debuting high-drag package punching a bigger hole in the air and in turn, causing less air to hit a trailing car.
With the high-drag package scheduled for use in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 16th, the Brickyard 400’s second-place finisher, Joey Logano, hopes NASCAR will step in and make changes to the cars to help cool drivers off.
“I would like that,” Logano said following his runner-up finish. ” I got a huge blister on my foot, I know that, so that hurts. I think the extended bumper cover on the back of these things doesn’t let the airflow underneath the car like it used to without it, and I think it builds the inside temperature up. I’m still sweating like crazy. I’ve got sweat in my eyes. I think that lets the in‑car temperature get hot.”
NASCAR has provided teams with the flexibility to allow as much air as they want into their cars for cooling for both driver and engine.
But, with providing relief for the drivers comes the trade off with sacrificing speed out on the racing surface. Going forward, however, Logano suggests that NASCAR could possibly step in and mandate that teams make more changes to help keep the drivers cool while at speed so as to not give any one team an advantage or disadvantage.
“Maybe something different with that or mandate a couple of driver hoses I think would be a good thing,” Logano continued. “…It’s just too hot inside those cars. And obviously when we put air inside the cars, we’re going to give up performance, so if we can mandate it and make everybody have it, it’s not a penalty.
“It’s another way to add drag, which is a good thing. That’s what we’re trying to do with this package anyways.”
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