Indianapolis-At the fifth and sixth turns of the Brickyard 200, the drivers accelerated one by one through the deteriorating curb. One by one they deviated from the course.
when. . .when Nazca After the track staff removed the curb, the cup game restarted. On the same section of the Indianapolis Highway, there are seven other vehicles with similar results Sunday.
This looks like a dismantling derby, and the organizers of the game have a lot to reconsider before next year’s game.
“Obviously, we ran into a problem today,” said Scott Miller, NASCAR’s vice president of competition. “We will learn a lot of lessons and come back to host better events, obviously avoiding the problems we encountered today. But I think we have seen some exciting moves, and I think the course itself is very exciting.”
The entertainment value proved to be expensive.
Nine of the 11 unfinished cars had crashes. Many people who ran to the end looked like they had participated in a bumpy short track or dirt road race rather than a road race.
Therefore, most of the cup teams will scramble to fight this week. Maintain And rebuilt their car after the second consecutive road race. They returned to Michigan on an oval Sunday, not fast enough for some people.
Organizers may investigate whether the three days of practice, qualifying, and competition will wear out in rare circumstances cross The weekend games with IndyCar, NASCAR Xfinity and Cup Series played any role in the chaotic race.
“The curb is the same style as we built it. It has been replaced and restored,” said Doug Bols, president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “We have never really encountered these limitations. We watched that part in every class, every night, and every morning there was no sign that there was any problem with it, so this was a bit of a surprise to us.”
The drivers were also surprised.
The pole position winner William Byron was the first person to crash. He and IndyCar driver Rinus VeeKay worked on the simulator to prepare for the first brick factory on the 14-lap, 2.4-mile track . However, Brian said he had never experienced anything like this.
Others made their complaints public.
“I have missed the oval,” said playoff contender Austin Dillon after being eliminated in the second melee.
Dillon pointed out that drivers also played a role in what happened. Brickyard champion AJ Allmendinger was a former driver, and he agreed.
“If you make a mistake, you will pay the price,” he said of the deceleration curve. “Unfortunately, this is a huge price, and we don’t need that. We don’t need to dismantle the car like that. But at the same time, we must drive past it in the right way. I think the track has the right limits. Unfortunately, curbs are just beginning to appear. “
The wild game eclipsed the relatively safe and interesting game. Only 11 of the first 78 laps were yellow-two laps were at the end of the first two stages, and two laps were debris on the track.
When the containment loosened, things quickly changed. Series officials debated whether to call the race in advance, but the track staff managed to leave the roadside. Then the question is whether the second deceleration curve should be removed. Nazca chose to keep it.
“When we prepared it for last year’s Xfinity race, the drivers made a big request because that part was too fast,” Miller said. “That’s not what we want to register.”
Then shortly after the restart, destruction occurred again in the same part, bringing a second red flag.
This is not the first time that the brick factory has left the town in a dispute. Tire problems plagued Brickyard 400 again in 2008 and 2020. After a rain delay and a series of late crashes, the 2017 Brickyard 400 completed the race at sunset.
Despite this, a large group of people participated in the intense race this weekend. Bols and Miller said that if they can solve the problem on Sunday, they would prefer to leave the Cup car on the road track in 2022.
Bols said: “I think we have made the right decision now, and I think we hope to get it back on the road next year, so we will see where we are going.” “I don’t think it will have any impact.”
Miller added: “Neither do I.”