NASCAR’s electronic fuel injection system was supposed to modernize the sport’s fleet of race cars, but the switch from carburetors hasn’t come without some glitches.
Several teams have had problems with circuit breakers shutting down the car. It cost Robby Gordon a chance to race in last week’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Gordon wasn’t able to get his Dodge started for practice. Since NASCAR has a rule that a car must have at least one practice lap to attempt a qualifying lap, Gordon was sent home without ever running a lap.
Others who have experienced problems with EFI include: Tony Stewart, A.J. Allmendinger, Brad Keselowski and Gordon at Daytona.
Since electronic injections are so new, some drivers believe NASCAR should share information gathered by all teams to reduce the chance of failures.
“Well, I would embrace the idea of some of the data, meaning maybe they let us see the throttle trace and the breaking or something like that,” Greg Biffle said.
Others believe any information learned in testing should be kept in house.
“I’d rather not have that. It would benefit to be able to see that, but, I think it is a slippery slope,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. said.
SLOW START: Kasey Kahne’s move to Hendrick Motorsports was supposed to be the new super team in NASCAR. But he’s off to a horrible start with three crashes in four starts. He’s 32nd in the Sprint Cup Series standings.
“I hate it for everybody it’s really disappointing and discouraging to have as fast of race cars as I have and not have nothing to show for,” he said.