Today at the Shop: Kentucky Prep
By David Wagner & Boris
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Six of our Sprint Cup cars (Three primaries and three backups) are already in Daytona at this time, but next week our teams visit the Kentucky Speedway for the first time. NASCAR is allowing the teams a test day on the Thursday before the normal weekend events begin. During this test we will be able to have data acquisition on our racecars to gather telemetry and data related to the performance of different aspects of the racecar.
Normally during a race weekend no data acquisition of any kind is allowed on the cars. Unlike other forms of motorsports, NASCAR has always emphasized the skill of a driver and crew as they seek to win races. Traction control, pit road speed limiters, and other similar computer-controlled devices are not allowed.
[singlepic id=919 w=320 h=240 float=left]Today our three Cup cars are being readied for that test. The No. 20 Home Depot Toyota is already on the laser-leveled setup plates, fully equipped and almost ready to make the trip to Kentucky.
[singlepic id=918 w=320 h=240 float=left]The No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota is out of the fabrication shop and sits beneath “The Claw” where NASCAR-regulated templates are applied. We want to make sure the cars fit NASCAR templates perfectly so we can spend the most time focusing on going-fast when we get to the track.
[singlepic id=920 w=320 h=240 float=left]The No. 18 M&M’S Toyota is currently going through an engine installation and is also receiving final adjustments to its front suspension. It will soon be ready for the templates and scales.
[singlepic id=917 w=320 h=240 float=left]The cars we raced at Sonoma on the road course are currently going through a final teardown where every piece of the car is removed, inspected, cleaned, and replaced if necessary. You can still see the rubber built up beneath the hood of Denny Hamlin’s car. This car received damage to a suspension piece in the rear end during the race and will need extra care to get it back to working order for a future race.
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