NASCAR determined to tweak engines...backwards
Yesterday, Brian France was a guest on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, and affirmed that that is the intent. France doesn't believe the changes will be ready to put into place for the 2015 season, but the intent is there. It is reportedly a move to control costs and horsepower.
Engines are currently running at 850 hp and engines can be prone to exploding in certain conditions. Those catastrophic engine failures are costly to the smaller teams, and even to the corporate multi-car teams. Currently there are five manufacturers in NASCAR, two with Toyota, two with Chevrolet and one with Ford. Dodge left the sport a few years ago.
The smaller teams purchase engines from one of those five manufacturers. NASCAR's thinking is that if they can save the teams money by reducing horsepower, and extend engine life, perhaps more teams will be able to find sponsorship, and having a full field of cars running for the win at every track will be a reality. As it is, some of the smaller teams are effectively "start and park" teams. The driver will go out and run laps, but won't push their car to try to win the race. The engine in that car may just be the only one they can afford to buy for the season. If it blows up, there goes their season.
I understand NASCAR's reasoning, in this regard, but have to wonder if reducing the horsepower will affect the racing we see each week. As I've said before, I don't want to watch 400 miles of parade laps.
What do you think? Is this a good move by NASCAR?