Rain tire test... in NASCAR?
VeeArrrSix last edited by VeeArrrSix
@veearrrsix Fox and NBC executives finally got mad enough about rain delays
LooseonExit last edited by LooseonExit
@veearrrsix That's an expensive April Fool's joke... I don't think it is, but it'd be good to see them race in rain on short(er) tracks. 1.5+mi ovals probably not so much. They could also just do more road courses and drop the ovals instead so it'd be less of an issue. They seem to have a bunch of rainouts so they gotta do something.
It is really in the game for testing the 15" tires though because the wheel change to 18s for the Gen 7 cars next year.
edit Side note, I've watched a couple races this year, which is more than I have in the last decade plus. Actually looking forward to the G7 car and what it could mean for the sport. CF tub, IRS, sequential boxes, 18s...more road courses I hope. Anything more in the direction of Trans-Am, V8 Supercars, GT3 etc is a good step IMO.
@forsweden but the infield parties are twice as fun in the mud.
@looseonexit just wait, windshield wipers are next. Joking aside, the road courses are fun as hell to watch. They used to run at Riverside when I was a kid out here in Southern California. My Dad raced karts there a lot. Great course. IIRC that's where Jimmie Johnson first went to races.
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@veearrrsix thats a substantial loss of contact patch when you look at it.
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So this isn't the first rain tire test, they actually tested Martinsville in the 90's to test viability. Sounded like it might have worked, but there was safety concerns (understandable with the Gen 4 car that killed quite a few drivers) and it was scrapped.
The call for rain tires was made after drivers reported that the tires held up well at Daytona on the Road Course in the rain and it seemed like a good idea to give it a try. You can't use them at big tracks (Daytona, Talladega, Pocono, Michigan) or at Intermediates (Kansas, Charlotte, Texas, Las Vegas, Atlanta, etc.) or anywhere with high banking (Bristol, Dover). You can only really use these at flat tracks like Martinsville, Phoenix, Loudon and maybe Richmond.
They've also confirmed these wouldn't be put on in a down pour, only for misting or after the rain has fallen. Basically to reduce track drying time, which doesn't make a lot of sense as smaller tracks, where they would use these, get dried out quicker than others. But I digress, I'd love to see at least one race with these so I can stop hearing the "Hurr-durr NASCAR isn't real racing cuz they don't race in the rain!" jokes.
@mybirdistheword no doubt.
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@veearrrsix I don't know if OPPOs play GT Sport but there is one race in the all Japan Gt series at the Red Bull Track in the rain that I finally won this week. It was the most difficult race I have ever had in GT Sport. I can't imagine what stock cars on an oval would be in the rain but I would not want to be a driver in those conditions.