Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing has provided some solid feedback about the Next Generation Cup Series cars and their level of safety. He compared the wreckage of these vehicles with their collision with a concrete wall.
Harvick made the comments while in the media at Michigan International Speedway. Tell Bob Pokras from FOX Sports The blows in new cars are “much harsher” than anything he’s experienced in any of the other generations. Then use the concrete wall comparison to describe how he and the other drivers feel each week.
“You look at the cars, and you say, ‘Oh, man, that looks great. That’s the problem,” said Harvick. “Nothing flew off of it, right? That’s the problem. All that energy is just sucking in. So it’s like you hit it with a hammer and the car survives, but is that what you really want? The cars are all together.” It looks great, but it doesn’t feel good.”
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Many drivers discussed the difficult results
Harvick has been upfront about the swipes and whether enough emphasis is being placed on the safety aspect. He is not alone. There were many drivers who put their comments on new cars and shipwrecks.
“Inside the car, it’s different. I don’t care what the numbers say,” Joey Logano said before the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “When you’re in the car…every driver comes out and says it hurts more.”
Similarly, Denny Hamlin met with members of the media at IMS and discussed Kurt Busch’s continued absence due to a crash in the playoffs at Pocono Raceway. The driver owner said 23XI Racing has all the data from the season and Busch has received over 25 Gs. Hamlin continued, saying the data doesn’t match how drivers feel in these shipwrecks.
It’s worrying, it’s definitely worrying,” Hamlin said. “I’ve been – knocking wood – very fortunate as much as hits this year, but others have taken some. Listen, there’s no denying that any time you build something stronger, the brunt of the load will always go to the weaker component, a body the driver “.
The event will continue to spark conversations
The 2022 season saw some conversations about the safety of next-generation cars. Huge accidents caused concern before drivers could get away safely. On the other hand, blows that looked slight from the outside led to comments about the harshness of the blows.
One example occurred at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kyle Larson made a mistake entering Turn 1 and found air at No. 5 before hitting the side of Ty Dillon’s No. 42 at around 120 mph. This collision was violent and sent both drivers to the airport care center, but they avoided injury.
Another example is the plane crash of the Coca-Cola 600. Chris Bucher flipped over several times after an injury from Daniel Suarez made him slide through the grass. Also avoid injury in the violent accident.
These multiple incidents have created conversations about the safety of next-generation cars and how drivers are responding. These conversations will continue throughout the remainder of the season and into the end of the season as NASCAR gathers more data for the future.
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