Should NASCAR throw the yellow flag for rain on road courses or change rule?
According to its rulebook, NASCAR properly officiated Sunday’s Daytona International Speedway roadway course race, which went under yellow due to the fact that of a shower regardless of access to wet-weather tires.
The concern ends up being whether that rulebook now needs to be modified prior to the next roadway course race on May 23 at Circuit of the Americas.
The current episode of the NASCAR on NBC Podcast included an extensive analysis of the yellow flag that was the turning point of Sunday’s race at the Daytona International Speedway roadway course. Since the race had actually begun under dry conditions, NASCAR tossed the yellow on Lap 57 by guideline to enable rest stop to change to rain tires. However the shower was short, and the track surface area prevented gathering sufficient wetness for any group to turn off slick tires.
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It still had a significant effect on the race. Chase Elliott, who led 44 laps, fell out of very first for excellent, while Christopher Bell outdueled Joey Logano for his very first success in NASCAR’s premier series.
Throughout the podcast, NASCAR on NBC expert Steve Letarte stated he believes NASCAR will reevaluate the guideline needing a yellow flag to permit a rain tire switchover. The majority of series with roadway racing (such as IndyCar and Solution One) hold back on care flags for light rain and put the onus on groups to make the call on whether to pit, increasing the drama and characteristics of a race impacted by harsh weather condition
“NASCAR has to operate within the rulebook just as the teams do,” NASCAR on NBC expert Steve Letarte stated. “They can’t make it up as they go whether they like or don’t like the call they have to make. Do I think NASCAR can just remove that and say, ‘Listen guys, we’re never going to throw a caution for rain. Rain tires are available all the time. Knock yourself out if you want to do it.’ Maybe that’s something they could do.”
Daytona likewise triggered dispute about whether NASCAR ought to decrease the interruption of roadway course races by going with “local yellows” in small events rather of full-course yellows that interfere with a race’s natural rhythm and techniques. There were 2 care flags Sunday to clear particles that may have been regional yellows in other racing series, deciding to utilize the big overflow locations and open track that is less of a function in oval racing.
NASCAR vice president of competitors Scott Miller informed SiriusXM in a Monday early morning interview that it’s not likely there would be scenarios using regional yellows.
“It’s hard to compare NASCAR to other road courses, because it’s not just the rain situation that’s different,” Letarte stated on the podcast. “NASCAR operates road course races like they do every other race when it comes to flags. A local yellow in most road courses races, is a non-passing opportunity, and you must continue your line. In NASCAR, it seems more of a warning, you still can overtake, so there are all these downstream effects, that’s why I struggle to know what the right manner is.”
With 7 road-course races on the schedule (more than two times as lots of as in 2015), it’s a dispute that is most likely to continue, and Letarte thinks motorists ought to have the last word on any policy modifications.
“When you talk about wet weather and local yellows, that is purely a safety-type situation,” Letarte stated. “If the drivers say, ‘If it’s wet, it’s on me or my team to know’ or ‘Throw a local yellow,’ then I’m OK with it. But if the drivers say, ‘No, if it’s dry and suddenly gets wet, I want a yellow because I don’t want to barrel off in there,’ I struggle with it. Because I don’t think we have the right to tell Joey Logano, Christopher Bell, Denny Hamlin or Brad Keselowski what is safe or not.
“All the drivers aren’t going to agree, but the majority is going to have to get with NASCAR and alter it from there. With six more road courses are coming, we have to figure out what we’re going to do.”
Other subjects gone over throughout thi episode of the NASCAR on NBC Podcast:
–The development success of Christopher Bell and Ty Gibbs;
–Why are many motorists getting their very first success on roadway courses regardless of their youth and lack of experience?
–Whether team chief Adam Stevens felt some redemption of winning prior to previous chauffeur Kyle Busch;
–The effect of 2 newbie winners on the playoff photo.
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Podcast: Should NASCAR toss the yellow flag for rain on roadway courses or modification guideline? initially appeared on NBCSports.com
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.