Looks like a lot of carbon fiber was on display at the race track. Also, interesting to see the driver watching the data acquisiton screens so intently. I'm not a race car buff and this might be an obvious question, but what kind of decisions does he make based on the streaming data that he's monitoring?
Never fear you comments about the new IndyCar design is true. The "more closed" wheel version will appear on the Ovals.Up until now all tracks have been city circuits or race tracks. Watch out at Indy for a different looking car and these will appear on all the Ovals. That livery on the Mouser car looks great. Go Tony Kanaan
I don't know what Kanaan was viewing at the moment, Beth, but acquired data includes fuel pressure, oil pressure, engine rpm, clutch rpm, acceleration, velocity, split times and maybe a few others (readers might know better), such as shock travel (?) or tire pressure (?). I'm told that KV Racing uses 200 data channels.
Kanaan was likely looking at the data and trying to see opportunities to improve his lap times. Things that he likely was observing were cornering G forces, steering angle, braking G forces, wheelspin, rev limiter application, rpm & gearing....all specific to critical segments of the course. He is looking for hundreths of a second anywhere possible.
Almost every good inside story from racing is how they cheated, won, and got away with it. Many racers say that you must cheat to win. They find ways to "cheat within the rules" (it passed inspection somehow) and then they are called tactics.
I'm sure Kanaan is checking the data to see how well a new "cheat" is working out.
Makes you wonder, ChasChas, if they're doing the right thing by using such confining rules. Maybe it would discourage cheating if they went back to the era when the choice of engine or chassis was more open.
Charles, the way I understand it is the rules are governed by two things. The races must be (1) kept close to keep fan excitement/loyalty and (2) safe but, with enough preceived danger (and crashes) to entertain the crowd. The bottom line is money, of course.
Your right though, this used to be where the car companies showed of their wares in true competition. Now if some company gets too strong, they make new rules to rein it in. It's no longer FAIR to win too consistenty.
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