Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:12 pm
stuntguy13 wrote: Second, parts are not parts. If I were a sponsor I would have my own person checking what the quality of parts were that are going to my team not just a pool of parts.
Bottom line is that SHR needs to step up and get this stuff right.
Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:31 pm
Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:20 pm
I agree with what you say. I don't know if the teams read any of this stuff or if one of the engineers on the team would ever reply to us but on the off chance that they do look I thought an out of the box look at why Danica has been slower at some tracks might get some thinking going. I know these guys are suppose to be the Pros and know what they are doing. However, I am and engineer by training and also know that sometimes you get tunnel vision. The old "this is the way we did it for 10 years" syndrome.
Danica can drive these things if given the "good stuff" and she will win. Parts are not parts, there are always some that are really good, some are OK but some are outstanding, those are the ones she needs and the crew chief needs to make sure he gets them for her. She needs to have the "whole team" not just Tony, wanting to have her win. Tony needs to be checking that the engineering team is giving her (and him also) the good parts. Seems Kevin's team is able to give him the good stuff, need to share information better on this team.
For SHR as a business decision they need to recognize what her winning will do for the SHR team and NASCAR. When they get her running in the top 5 consistently on the mile and a half's it will start to pay off. GIVE HER THE GOOD STUFF.
Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:04 pm
Danica is getting everything and anything her team wants for her.
She has engineer(s) who are in tune with Racing, not building bridges
or high rises. She lacks for NOTHING.
Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:23 pm
Sun Apr 20, 2014 11:05 pm
No one is comparing Danica to Kevin what I am saying is look at the "team" performance. Kevin's CC/engineers have something figured out that Tony, Kurt and Danica's CC/engineers don't. SHR needs a good Six Sigma program to get all the drivers running.
You seem to be very certain that you know everything about what is happening in racing. Things that apply in back in the day don't today. The rules are very tight and things that allowed a driver/team make up for a weakness in one area by being strong in another aren't possible with the current rules package. The teams can't "cut and try" they have to know what works from solid engineering. Given a good car all the CUP drivers could run up front. The problems at SHR are engineering/setup problems not drivers.
Look, if it were all driver Jimmy Johnson would win every week, he doesn't. Go back and look at some of the senior drivers that dominated Cup and you will see it was a driver/CC team that worked. When that team was broken up the driver no longer dominated. Look at Jeff Gordon, Dale Jr. they are still great drivers but the "special team" is not there (Dale is getting close this year).
You obviously won't look at facts or data and are not man enough to see a woman run strong in CUP.
Sun Apr 20, 2014 11:31 pm
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Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:25 pm
As you pointed out the SHR teams are not consistent. This has been going on since last year. I don't blame chemistry. For me it is the ability to analysis the conditions and adjust. Problem is they seem to unload way off the mark. You mention Kevin being fast, when he came to SHR he insisted that they bring his CC. Race people are great people but they want to win. Getting all the information about what they do is not easy. They may give general stuff and sometimes it will help but they look at data and will do things that aren't shared. That's just the competitive sprit. Because the rules are so tight things that seem unimportant or minor can have an impact.
I believe that engineers can get tunnel vision and the "not invented here" syndrome. This can keep them in a rut looking at the same data and not finding any way to change. I am sure all the people at SHR are smart, capable people, however they need to look outside the box to get all the teams running consistently. I grant you that Danica is still learning stock cars but the rest of the teams are not all running in the top 5 every week either. Once they get out of the tunnel think we will see how the rest of the season unfolds.