Friday, October 20, 2006

Testing...1, 2, 'er 7

In order to play with the big dogs, you must test like the big dogs. The big ownership Cup teams like Penske, Joe Gibbs and DEI host in-house seven-post shaker rigs, so in August Team Red Bull broke ground on a 4-month project to gut the 10,000 sq. ft. warehouse at the back of the lot and install an equal testing facility. Seven-post rig testing puts a stock car chassis and suspension to the test. Seven hydraulic actuators work on the car to simulate the stresses and strains a car would feel when racing on an oval. With the data learned, teams go out and win their first race, right? Not so fast…Teams use the test to identify potential gains, but the true test is how these “gains” perform when taken to the track. More importantly, the seven-post makes for one kick-ass race car driving simulator. Line up!

11 Comments:

Anonymous A loyal NASCAR fan said...

I bought my first Redbull when the team decided to sponsor Elliott. With the news this week it will be my last. Asking a past champion to step aside for a no-name rookie is bad business even if it is an in-house rebull guy. This is NASCAR not Champ. It is a series of tradition, a series that honors its champions. Elliott, a beloved figure, was supposed to race a commemorative car in front of his home track. I believe Redbull will come out on the losing end of this deal. Maybe 'Awesome Bill' will knock them out of the show as he takes the track in the #37 car. Redbull just lost a customer. Go #37!

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elliot seemed to make it clear there was no future with he and Red Bull...AJ on the other hand may be driving the 2nd car for them...thats buisness

4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see TRB is spending big boy $ on the rig! It will help to put BV in victory lane again!

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see TRB is spending big boy $ on the rig! It will help to put BV in victory lane again!

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Helena said...

The team has to look to it's future. If they know it won't be Bill Elliott, it only makes sense to have someone in the car who might actually drive the car full time, someone who needs the experience. They have to get ready for next year.

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They need to be on the track. Elliott's past championship provisional would have been added security to put them there. I dont believe Terry Labonte is racing that weekend, but I may be wrong. All in all, I don't see AJ being ready for the Cup series next year. He needs time in Busch, Trucks, or ARCA. I believe this will be evident at Atlanta.

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Red Bull rocks, I started drinking it when they signed Brian Vickers, I am a BIG Vickers fan, glad to see Red Bull is putting $$ where it belongs, I hope AJ drives the 2nd car, he and vickers would be a good combo!!!!

~ Nick

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Justin said...

They will be a young combo with potential; however, a good combo we will just have to wait and see.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Justin said...

Allmendinger may not even get a chance to run the car this week if qualifying at Atlanta is cancelled as rain is forecast all day Friday and Friday night [100%]. Maybe they should have held on to Elliott and his championship provisional after all.

7:02 AM  
Anonymous Justin said...

Allmendinger may not even get a chance to run the car this week if qualifying at Atlanta is cancelled as rain is forecast all day Friday and Friday night [100%]. Maybe they should have held on to Elliott and his championship provisional after all.

7:09 AM  
Blogger woody said...

Elliot is a has been and didn't get the job done when he had the shot - why waste another run on somebody who won't drive for next year? AJ will be fine - he has done well in trucks and has won FIVE Champ races this year alone. That is some talent no matter how you look at it.

4:13 PM  

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