NASCAR Driving Styles
Danny McKeever (Driving Instructor) gives expert video advice on: What is 'blowing an engine' in NASCAR?; How does a NASCAR driver save his engine from blowing?; How can a NASCAR driver save his tires? and more...
What is 'blowing an engine' in NASCAR?
Blowing an engine means that you blew the motor and it's no longer running. It usually leaves a lot of smoke and, in some cases, a lot of oil on the track. It's not something that's fun for anybody.
How does a NASCAR driver save his engine from blowing?
If the oil pressure goes to zero, the engine's probably ready to blow. If the water temperature goes way past where it's supposed to be and you see steam coming out, the engine's probably going to blow. If you see smoke coming out the back exhaust pipe, the engine's probably going to blow. So you might as well just shut it off, and then you're going to have a good chance of saving it.
How can a NASCAR driver save his tires?
A driver can save the tires by not over driving them. In other words, you can only turn them so much going around a turn and if you try to turn them more than where the maximum traction allowance is, you're starting to over drive them, you start scrubbing them sideways and it wears them out quicker, it blisters them and they're going to overheat and then they're not going to have a lot of traction.
How can a NASCAR driver save fuel?
A driver can save fuel by slowing down or getting into a draft. If you get into a draft you can ease off the gas pedal because you are driving in a vacuum. You are not punching that hole in the wind.