Posted to R.P.M. Forum on 3/24/2012
NASCAR with EFI comes to California
Gentlemen (and Ladies), I was fortunate enough to make it
California Speedway for Friday's qualifying session with
photo access. As most of you know, EFI has made it's way
into the top class of NASCAR (about time) and since were in
the early stages of this new era, I like others are
interested in what this all means. So with camera in hand, I
was able to capture some shots during and after qualifying,
Denny Hamlin takes the top spot from teammate Kyle
Bush during qualifying running a lap at 38.626, .181 sec
quicker than the #18.
Jimmie Johnson , who received a favorable ruling
earlier this week, rounded out the top 10 turning a lap time
I was pleasantly pleased to find that they have introduced a
new feature called the [NASCAR "Front Runners Garage"]
which as the sign says is designed to provide a behind the
scenes look at the top competitors. This new-elevated view
provides an outstanding perspective as you can see from some
of my images.
During post qualifying, I observed NASCAR officials
collecting and analyzing data from the top
qualifiers. One NASCAR official stated that they were not
collecting and reviewing data, however after talking to a
McLaren representative he confirmed that this indeed was
what they were doing ;).
There were a few contrasting observations I made and that
was the use of "Old School" Throttle Linkage vs.
Cables. (I'm not sure if anyone used cables before or not
though) Another observation was the use of Dual TP
Sensors for the Toyota and a Single Sensor for the
There was lots of activity following Friday's Qualifying
session, which allowed me to capture several activities,
which were as follows:
The Poll Sitter's Differential Set up for
More vehicle service and care for the #11 car.
#88 Car undercar service.
Old School vs. New Age Spark Plugs.
A cool undercar tool-caddy the #48 team uses.
Inspection is intense as always, here is a look at one of
the vehicle templates NASCAR uses as a Go-NOGO gauge,
which explains why Chad Knaus may still be a little nervous
about his "C Pillar".
Hope you all enjoy these images, I should be able to capture
some more throughout the weekend and look forward to sharing
them. I just hope we have forgiving weather that will permit
an uninterrupted racing weekend!
Brea, California, USA
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