The definition of madness is doing the identical factor again and again and anticipating a special end result. Maybe it’s too harsh to name NASCAR officers insane after what occurred at Circuit of The Americas, however they’re due for some criticism.
After the Tenting World Truck and Xfinity Collection races went off with out important subject, the inaugural Cup Collection race had a untimely ending, and one that ought to have come a lot sooner. Standing water, repeated complaints about poor visibility, and two huge crashes marred the day.
NASCAR vice chairman of competitors Scott Miller owned as much as the truth that the collection ought to have acted quicker. However that wasn’t the worst half. No, the worst half was Miller then going into the basic choices of officers having a troublesome job and that they’ll study going ahead. Cease proper there.
Drivers had been continuously coming over the in-car radios saying they couldn’t see. You’ve heard the suggestions – they used phrases like ‘sketchy’, ‘harmful’, and ‘treacherous’. They had been driving blind. Officers don’t monitor each radio, however they actually have entry to sufficient of them to have recognized what their rivals had been saying about observe circumstances.
Or we should always take a minute to confess that the people behind the wheel know what they’re speaking about, and their suggestions ought to be weighted closely. On this case, NASCAR knew what the drivers had been saying, and it ought to have listened from the start. Racing within the rain is difficult sufficient. Racing in standing water with spray coming off the again of huge heavy inventory vehicles is simply ridiculous.
Hearken to your drivers. In the event that they aren’t comfortable and may’t compete to the most effective of their means, the racing will endure.
Another excuse that Miller’s assertion was laughable is that NASCAR officers ought to have recognized higher. They need to have already realized their lesson.
Contemplate the Charlotte Roval final fall. The Xfinity Collection race ran in a monsoon; an absolute downpour that made it depressing for drivers, photographers, followers, and even these not standing exterior. Simply watching it wasn’t enjoyable. There was nothing good about what occurred in October. Drivers couldn’t see, couldn’t management their vehicles, and it was chaos at each nook.
It appears many forgot what occurred that day and let historical past repeat itself at COTA. It’s unacceptable, and opens the door as to if NASCAR ought to be within the racing within the rain enterprise. Damp circumstances appear to be OK. It even looks as if we will get away with a light-weight sprinkle. But it surely turns into a belief subject round officers understanding when to name issues off from there.
If that’s the case, don’t race within the rain. Has the concentrate on making racing entertaining develop into so vital that we should proceed to push inventory vehicles to do issues they aren’t suited to do? One other one in every of Miller’s responses Sunday evening was that different types of motorsports race within the rain. Good for them. NASCAR must cease making an attempt to be like everybody else. Brian France had a nasty behavior of making an attempt to make auto racing like different collection and sports activities, leading to going to a playoff format and eventual eliminations, to call a number of adjustments. It’s a separate dialog on whether or not these are good issues, however on this case, the analogy of cease governing your sport by being a copycat nonetheless stands.
Don’t race within the rain, NASCAR. Not when there’s presently no resolution for the spray of water coming off the vehicles. And that additionally means, please cease making an attempt to develop a wet-weather tire for brief tracks. If drivers can not adequately compete in moist circumstances on a highway course the place they’re unfold out, what are we anticipating on tracks shorter than one mile when they are going to be nearer collectively?
Madness. It’s insane when drivers aren’t being listened to, and that NASCAR can’t keep in mind that the final time it tried one thing like this, it was a multitude. Idiot me as soon as, disgrace on you. Idiot me twice, you lose the advantage of the doubt.