However, all it would have taken was for his crew chief to speak into that little mouth piece and say WATCH YOUR SPEED! What ever you do, GO SLOW, DO NOT SPEED!<quoted text>
I did not ask them to go to fuel injection.
I did not ask them to go to turbocharging.
I did not ask them to go to carbon chassis.
I did not ask them to go to carbon brakes.
I did not ask them to go to sleeker aerodynamics.
I did not ask them to go to digital electronics.
I did not ask them to go to on-board telemetry.
That is the IRL, that is F1.
Rev limiters are not high tech.
NASCAR was the LAST major sanctioning body to go to electronic scoring. NASCAR was the last major sanctioning body to employ manditory full-faced helmets.
For as much as I have enjoyed NASCAR racing, I admit that they are not a cutting-edge sport in anything that they do. Not when it comes to automotive technology, not when it comes to safety, and when it comes to competition, they would rather count on JUDGEMENT rather than technology. Even after technology get's it right.
This is like the NFL railing against instant replay, then discovering that introducing it not only worked, it also proved that their officials were right the vast majority of the time.
On Sunday you could have seen history, history that would have taken NASCAR to another level at a time when it stuggles to keep people coming to the track. They could have seen an Indy 500 winner also win the Brickyard 400.
Think about that.
What do we have instead? Another Hendrick victory at Indianapolis in August...
If infractions can be avoided with INEXPENSIVE technology, then why not implement that technology?
There is no reason why not, and Sunday proved that. Winning is so hard in NASCAR, and NASCAR should not be making it more so.
He had been pushing it to the limit all day, you could tell when they were showing his pit road speeds compared to all the others. He was running about 2 seconds quicker on and off pit road than the other drivers. I don't know if he set his gauges a little too high or what.
Any how, he had more than a 5 second lead and all it would have taken was for his crew chief to keep telling him to come in a very slowly.
Hey, I feel bad for him. Even though I'm not a huge JPM fan I would have loved to see him win and it really stunk that it got taken away like that. He's not the 1st one it's happened to and I'm sure he won't be the last. Just part of the game.