The Pace Of Technology Is Quickening In NASCAR
NASCAR has always tried to keep things simple under the hood. But the times are changing. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)
By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
In a technology driven society, NASCAR is faced with a delicate balancing act of determining the proper amount of technology to incorporate into its race cars without overshadowing a driver’s talent.
A digital dash under development for use in NASCAR would provide a driver with a myriad of information during a race, some of which must now be conveyed to the competitor by a crew chief or during a test.
“It will provide things to us that we’ve not had before,” six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson said. “We’d love to have lap times in the car. You could have a page just for pit road and then take your tach and really spread the hash marks out on the tach mark … and fine-tune and nail it to exact pit road speed. The track bar display could be on there right now on a separate little device somewhere else.”
Currently, very little technology is allowed in the driver compartment during a race. That’s Read the full story »