Further Nashville adjustments needed to fix ‘unsafe’ restarts

Drivers at the back were still catching up to the pack when the green flag was thrown. Photo: IndyCar

During this year’s running of the Music City Grand Prix, all starts and restarts were completed on the back side of the course, with a temporary starter’s stand erected after the bridge towards turn 9.

The location of the start zone was chosen so that drivers would have a wider first corner to navigate, which would help to prevent a pile-up while the field was still closely bunched together.

A different problem presented itself, however, which was that drivers at the back of the field cresting the bridge had a hard time seeing if the cars in front had been given the green flag already.

The lack of visibility led to its own problems during the race’s eight restarts, and caused at least one driver to jump a restart and be ordered to give the positions back by race control.

“I don’t know what they can do,” admitted Colton Herta after the race.  “I don’t think that restarting on the bridge was a good thing.

“I thought the closing speeds were incredibly unsafe, and I’m sure that they’re going to probably change it to something else for next year because it was really dangerous. Especially going over a bridge like that. You don’t want to go over the back of somebody.

“Other than that, it’s not terrible to have a crazy race every now and again.  And this might be IndyCar, some of the races are snoozers and some of them are really amazing, and some of them are amazing for this reason, because there’s cars going off all the time.”

Further Nashville adjustments needed to fix ‘unsafe’ restarts

Starts and restarts all took place in the same location this year. Photo: IndyCar

Herta wasn’t the only driver to think the visibility on the restarts was unsafe, as the eventual race winner Scott Dixon also had a moment where he almost ran into his competitors.

“I had a moment, too, where you come over the top, and then everybody is stopped,” said Dixon. “It’s maybe a big accident waiting to happen unless they make you go at the top of the bridge so you still have a sight line of people in front of you, and everybody that you do see is accelerating.

“I think even on the first restart I kind of slowed down to the cars that were in front, and then the two behind me just went. It’s because they, I’m guessing, didn’t see coming over the top.

“It’s definitely much easier when you are at the front, that’s for sure, but there was a huge accordion effect coming over the top once you were kind of 10th or 15th back. I don’t know how to fix that unless they go at the top.”

IndyCar officials instructed drivers to maintain pace car speeds until they nearly reached the end of the bridge, which meant that others behind were just cresting the top at the time.

Dixon’s suggestion to begin racing earlier on the straight would give better visibility, but would also mean that the field would be travelling at higher speeds for the first corner.  In addition, there would be less time for drivers to pack up after exiting the tight and winding corners beforehand.

Multiple changes were made to the track and relevant procedures this year, which took notes from the race’s inaugural running in 2021, and more adjustments will likely be considered for next season in order to address the new concerns.

TECH NEWS RELATED

Reckon an electric car won't make it across Western Australia? Think again, as two Australian companies team up to bridge the distance.

By 2024 the entire Western Australian coast will be able to be visited by an electric car. Brisbane-based worldwide charging hardware supplier, Tritium, and charging infrastructure company, JetCharge, have teamed up to build a charging network to cover 7000km of Western Australia’s vast expanse for electric vehicle owners. The ...

View more: Reckon an electric car won't make it across Western Australia? Think again, as two Australian companies team up to bridge the distance.

Devilish! New Lamborghini Urus S makes 666 horsepower and gets more features

The Lamborghini Urus is now a two-model range with the S topped by the Performante. The most successful model in the history of Lamborghini, in terms of sales at least, has a new entry-level grade, and it’s borrowed more power from its range-topping sibling. The 2023 Lamborghini Urus S, ...

View more: Devilish! New Lamborghini Urus S makes 666 horsepower and gets more features

Ford F-150 Lightning 2023 review

Likes Incredibly quiet cabin Immense performance Hugely practical Dislikes Still rides like a ute Big for Australian roads Not confirmed for Australian sale The Ford F-150 is coming to Australia in 2023, with the 3.5-litre ‘EcoBoost’ V6 XLT and Lariat models set to be converted to right-hand drive by Ford ...

View more: Ford F-150 Lightning 2023 review

2022 Thailand Moto3 Grand Prix, Buriram - Free Practice (1) Results

Free Practice (1) results from the 2022 Thailand Moto3 Grand Prix at Buriram. Moto3 Thailand – Free Practice (1) Results Pos Rider Nat Team Bike Time 1 Tatsuki Suzuki JPN Leopard Racing (Honda) 1m 51.520s 2 Jaume Masia SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 51.798s 3 Andrea Migno ...

View more: 2022 Thailand Moto3 Grand Prix, Buriram - Free Practice (1) Results

South Australia’s first electric bus to begin operating in December

Scania Citywide LF, C-series BEV 4×2 South Australia’s first Scania battery electric bus is set to hit the streets in December, joining 24 electric hybrid buses already in operation. This first battery electric bus will allow Adelaide Metro, the capital’s public transport operator, to begin testing the new technology ...

View more: South Australia’s first electric bus to begin operating in December

Taking part in Honda's Drive To Discover 11: 3 days & 700 km

15 sedans in convoy going from Bangalore to Coorg to Wayanad, before ending the journey at Kochi. BHPian Rudra Sen recently shared this with other enthusiasts. Sometime in the evening, I land at Bangalore International airport on a delayed flight from Dehradun. Thanks to the delayed incoming flight to ...

View more: Taking part in Honda's Drive To Discover 11: 3 days & 700 km

McLaren P1 Flooded By Hurricane Ian After Just One Week Of Ownership

Unfortunately, the McLaren wasn't the only expensive car flooded out of the owner's garage.

View more: McLaren P1 Flooded By Hurricane Ian After Just One Week Of Ownership

Lamborghini Refreshes The Urus For 2023

Lamborghini is updating its super SUV, the Urus, for 2023 by appending the letter, “S” to its name. The Urus S takes over as the “base version” of the high-performance SUV, with the Urus Performante retaining its place as the top-tier model. The “S” in Urus S signifies an ...

View more: Lamborghini Refreshes The Urus For 2023

One-off Ferrari SP51 unveiled – based on 812 GTS with V12 engine

EV owners report saving thousands, bust range anxiety myths in new survey

Volvo parent Geely starts making $40,000 electric utes

Mercedes planning electric G-Class launch for 2024

“Ticking carbon bomb:” Legacy carmakers massively understate carbon emissions

Lewis Hamilton 'Feels for the Fans' as Max Verstappen Nears Early F1 Title Clincher

MotoGP eco laps: Map or manual, 'we want maximum power'

Citroen a no-go for light commercials in Australia with Peugeot carrying the load, but still no ute plans

Swinglehurst leads into Kalgoorlie

Dainese Karakum Ergo-Tek Gloves Are Perfect For Warm-Weather Riding

Hurricane Ian Drives Closure Of Volvo, Mercedes Plants In South Carolina

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV First Drive: Commodious, Luxurious, Capable

OTHER TECH NEWS

Top Car News Car News