Hey NASCAR Isn't it called RACING?
Imagine my surprise when I come home from work to find that NASCAR is proposing a reduction in horsepower for 2015. Somehow, somewhere, someone has determined that reducing the horsepower and slowing down the cars is going to improve the racing.
Okay, I'll admit that right now, this is my GUT writing, not my brain. You see, I haven't even read any of the articles headlining the NASCAR sites, expressing the "less horsepower will improve the racing" idea.
Secondly, I'll admit I'm not a mechanic or an engineer, although I take great pride in being able to do a lot on any car prior to Fuel Injection and computers. In fact, I did most of my own repairs, be it an alternator, brakes, tie rods, etc. on my Cavalier, way back when. So when NASCAR starts talking about "power plant life" and "engine failures" I actually understand what they are talking about. When they say a car lost a cylinder, I understand that, too. Push Rod? Yep, I'd pick that out easily. Tire pressures? No sweat.
So, when NASCAR says they have been racing the same engine for years, and that the tweaking of that same engine has enabled teams to increase the speeds significantly, I also understand that. When they also say that that same tweaking has decreased the life of the engine, or its ability to run for an extended length of time without blowing up, I get that, too. I guess I do understand NASCAR's assertion that something has to change. What I question is whether making the cars slow down is the answer.
As I understand it, decreasing the horsepower will make the power plant last longer, and decrease the chance for an engine failure. It will also affect Goodyear's ability to provide a tire that doesn't blow for an unforeseen reason. If my knowledge of how these cars works is on point, the aerodynamics of the cars will also be affected. If it wasn't, teams wouldn't invest time in the wind tunnel.
What I don't understand is how NASCAR is going to put it all together. What I also don't understand, not yet at least, is exactly how this all will affect my sport and the way I watch it. If it will keep the drivers safer, the fans safer, the crews safer, but keep the excitement in my sport, I'm all for it. If the racing becomes a series of parade laps, here's hoping NASCAR has a contingency plan.
What do you think? I'm going to go read the other articles now, and see if my opinion changes...