In case you don’t know, the Brickyard 400 race in Indianapolis, Indiana had severe tire problems for all of the cars. The management instituted “competitive yellow flags” that allowed all of the drivers to pit their cars and get new rubber. While the cause of this fiasco appears to be multi-faceted, the solution that NASCAR management put in place was terrible. I am not going to blame the Speedway or Goodyear (although they both should have worked to prevent this problem), I am going to blame NASCAR and the drivers for not dealing with it.
The goal of a race is to win the race by a combination of skill, mechanical design, and luck. Would the tires of the cars shredded if the cars were going around the track at 150 mph? My guess is that they would have been fine. So rather than forcing a series of 10 lap sprints (essentially what the result was) these highly skilled drivers should have just slowed down and won the race by perseverance. The drivers that drove too fast would have wrecked or ran out of tires. The drivers that played it safe with a steady effort that responded to the conditions of the day would have won the race.
You can vote for who you think caused the fiasco here.
NASCAR MANAGEMENT: FIX THE PROBLEMS AT THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY BUT ABOVE ALL ELSE – STAY OUT OF THE WAY DURING THE RACE!
I am done with this topic for now but I reserve the right to rant more on it someday.
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