An airplane can achieve flight at 170mph; on NASCAR’s biggest tracks the drivers can reach speeds that top 200mph and despite efforts by NASCAR officials to keep the cars on the ground, there are instances when a driver gets airborne.
After Joey Logano’s car took flight during the race at Talladedga on April 25, he barely missed the windshield of Bubba Wallace’s car.
As a result, NASCAR competition officials have issued a rule change designed to slow the cars down as much as 10mph at the two super speedways on Talladega and Daytona.
The rule change includes:
– a smaller tapered spacer that includes a smaller opening from 57/64 to 53/64 inch opening
– removing the wicker from the the spoiler
-previously optional, the roll bar behind the driver compartment near the rear wheel well is now mandatory
The changes will be in effect when the Cup Series travels to Daytona International Speedway on August 28 to close out the regular season with the Coke Zero 400.
While Joey Logano escaped his wild ride in Talladega unharmed, he has been vocal about increasing safety for the drivers. The new rule changes are in response to Logano’s pleas.
In another rule change, NASCAR has mandated that all cars in the Xfinity and Cup Series cars be equipped with two red lights during wet weather conditions on road courses. Visibility became a big issue after the inaugural race at Circuit of the Americas in May when the drivers ran during a rain storm.
NASCAR only allows for racing in the rain on road courses where a windshield wiper, in car defogger, and a red light in the rear windshield when on the track in the rain. The additional red light will aid drivers in seeing their fellow drivers on the track.