Thursday, October 19, 2006

Go or No Go

Red, yellow, blue, green…sounds a bit like kindergarten class, but the colors on a template gauge block are measurements for passing a class much more complex - NASCAR inspection. At each Cup venue, officials place 32 templates over every team’s 3400-lb stock car. The template gauge block is slid between the body of the car and the edge of the template with a “go or no go” response – dictating if you got the pony into the show. The room for error is small - 1/16th of an inch for red up to 1/2 of an inch for green - so race shops are equipped with the same set of templates (photo of template rack) to check, double check, and recheck their cars before they ever leave the shop.


Anonymous Helena said...

So...with the news that Red Bull Racing asked Bill Elliott to step aside to allow AJ Allmendinger to drive the Cup car next weekend at Atlanta, does this mean we are close to signing AJ?

9:30 AM  
Blogger The Bull Spotter said...

We love drama, can't you tell. Let's all think about it over the weekend. We'll all know the mystery driver for Atlanta soon enough.

10:47 AM  

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