Harvick: NASCAR Subsequent Gen automotive “screwed up” in “the way in which that it crashes”
Harvick’s No. 4 Ford caught fireplace throughout final weekend’s race at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway regardless of no crash injury or contact with the wall. Flames erupted out beneath each side of the automotive and got here in by way of his dashboard at one level.
After vocally taking NASCAR to job following the incident, NASCAR mandated a number of adjustments to the automotive’s chassis this week that went into impact this weekend at Kansas Speedway.
A flawed course of?
Harvick mentioned the complete course of takes means too lengthy and is one purpose why he stop the unique driver’s council.
“Security can’t be about cash. I’ve lived this, man. I watched after we had all of the battle with Adam (Petty) and Kenny Irwin and it resulted in Dale Earnhardt’s (loss of life at Daytona). After which impulsively, it was obligatory to put on the HANS gadget or it was obligatory to put on the Hutchens gadget,” he mentioned Saturday.
“We developed tender partitions (SAFER obstacles). It will possibly’t be sluggish. Security can’t be sluggish. This automotive is screwed up so far as the way in which that it crashes. Whether or not the information says it or not, each driver on this storage will inform you it’s not proper and it hurts.
“Toes harm, fingers harm, head hurts and there needs to be a greater resolution. NASCAR has been sluggish to react and the groups are all the time nervous about cash and that doesn’t do something for the drivers.”
Earlier this week, Scott Miller, NASCAR’s senior vice chairman of competitors, identified NASCAR has been engaged on the hearth challenge because it first got here to mild on the Indy Street Course earlier this season.
Harvick’s challenge at Darlington appeared extra distinctive and addition measures – together with the addition of a metal plate and fireplace retardant materials – had been added this week.
Harvick steered in the case of questions of safety, there ought to be a extra impartial course of within the sport.
“The security factor ought to go right into a bucket that has a council or board of some type that handles most of these issues. When it goes into that security bucket, NASCAR and the groups wouldn’t have a say in it,” he mentioned.
“I’ve been on each side of this and it’s the rationale I didn’t keep on the motive force’s council as a result of issues had been too sluggish. Like if I used to be working it, it simply occurs too sluggish for me. I feel this taking part in the politically appropriate, we bought to maintain our eye on the racing, we bought a TV contract developing – no matter all that’s, it’s nonetheless not truthful to the drivers to be compromised within the automotive, having the sluggish response that we’re having and the not listening to ‘each hit hurts.’
“As a result of each hit hurts.”
Subsequent Gen issues are nothing new
Some drivers raised issues in regards to the automotive’s security throughout its preliminary testing however final July an impartial panel of specialists signed off on the automotive’s security following the outcomes of a evaluate of crash check knowledge.
The panel consisted of Dr. James Raddin, who took half within the investigation of the loss of life of the late Dale Earnhardt; Dr. Jeff Crandall, who serves as an engineering guide to the NFL; Dr. Barry Myers, a professor of biomedical engineering at Duke College; and Dr. Joel Stitzel, chair of biomedical engineering at Wake Forest Baptist Well being.
As well as, NASCAR meets periodically with a gaggle of drivers – one 2-hour assembly happened this previous week – to debate security issues.
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“Issues have progressed to the place we’re at this time however it will probably’t be that sluggish. It’s not simply the rear-clip – it’s the entrance clip, rear clip, aspect – each hit hurts.,” Harvick mentioned. “Now, you’re in an emergency scenario as a result of the automotive doesn’t crash proper.
“I don’t what the answer is however I do know it must be means sooner. Should you begin within the offseason, it’s going to be an entire cluster to attempt to get it finished earlier than the (Busch) Conflict. So, the place are we headed right here? What’s the plan?
“Your knowledge might say it’s the identical, but it surely’s actually not the identical. Once you begin it, and I do know Denny has talked about this earlier than, you have a look at how fast the hits come up and how briskly every little thing accelerates, I feel it’s very obvious it’s not the identical. The entire G (forces) would be the identical however the quickness that you simply get there’s very totally different.”