Rain racing at COTA ‘a studying expertise’ – NASCAR’s Miller
Chase Elliott was declared the winner after 54 laps. Scott Miller, NASCAR vp of competitors, stated officers initially red-flagged the race to deploy the Air Titans to clear the backstretch. The high-speed part of the course regularly had standing water on it that left drivers with poor visibility attributable to spray being kicked off the automobiles.
It turned clear to NASCAR that with how heavy it was raining, it was a futile effort to try to restart the race. Officers had additionally cleaned that space of the course earlier than the top of Stage 2 following complaints from drivers and two huge crashes. Beneath the identical warning, drivers had been introduced down pit highway for groups to help with clearing windshields and helmet visors.
“I feel that we all the time attempt to be taught from what we do,” Miller stated. “This was form of a brand new factor at an enormous pure terrain highway course, and we will definitely be taught from that.
“I’d form of personal the truth that possibly we did let it go slightly bit too lengthy earlier than we did one thing. However it’s a studying expertise for all of us. We are going to be taught. We’ll be higher subsequent time, and I feel would we pull the plug earlier, most likely so.”
Miller stated the plan is to look by means of any obtainable info and high-resolution video to know higher how spray comes off the automobiles and a potential resolution. A number of drivers complained over their in-car radios, and in interviews, the additional again within the subject they ran, the more severe it was to see. Some went so far as saying they had been driving blind.
Poor visibility led to the crash that knocked Kevin Harvick, Christopher Bell, and Bubba Wallace out of the race. Bell bumped into the again of Ryan Blaney, and when Harvick was warned and slowed down, he was run into by Wallace, who didn’t see him.
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