Good Morning! We have some good news and bad news this morning… The good news: Red Bull has announced that they are finished with updates for the incredibly dominant RB19. The bad news: they are finished with the updates because they are already shifting their focus to 2024.
Here’s to hoping that limited wind tunnel time will be enough to close the gap next year!
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Horner Halts RB19 Upgrades
In a bullishly dominant year, Red Bull Racing’s Christian Horner signaled a stop on the team’s upgrades for their RB19 car. After clinching a historic unbeaten streak by winning the first 12 races of 2023, Horner says it’s time to shift gears 🔄: "I think that's pretty much it. We've got six months to come up with another one, and with a lot less wind tunnel time than our opponents," he mentioned to Sky Sports.
Why the halt? Besides being reigning champs 🏆, Red Bull is also contending with reduced wind tunnel testing times thanks to a 2021 cost cap breach penalty. But Horner isn't sweating it: “The reduced tunnel time kicked in from last October.” Horner added that they’ve had to be “hugely selective.”
Oh, and that historic detail? Breaking McLaren's 35-year record with a straight run of victories. 🥇🔥 "1988 was the last time that anything like this was achieved," mused a proud Horner.
Third Times the Charm
NASCAR is tweaking its game 🔧 at the Indianapolis road course with a few significant procedural updates, all in the quest for a cleaner Turn 1 competition. For starters, the restart zone is being moved a tad earlier, between Turns 13 and 14.
This mirrors a similar change on the Chicago street course. The goal? Preventing the dive-bomb drama into that notorious right-hander by giving racers more room to breathe. 🚗💨 Elton Sawyer, NASCAR's SVP of Competition, shared, “I thought our drivers and athletes did a great job there... The goal is to hopefully eliminate some of the carnage in Turn 1.”
Wait, there's more: NASCAR's laying down the law on Turn 1 shortcuts. Remember Ross Chastain's cheeky move last year? Well, this time, skipping the turn requires a mandatory stop-and-go. 🛑🟢 And, for the very first time, the choose rule will make its appearance at the Indy course, positioned before Turn 7.
IndyCar's restart procedure isn't sitting well with Scott McLaughlin of Team Penske. After securing 2nd place in the recent Nashville race, McLaughlin expressed his vexation: “I just think from a sport perspective, the restarts are a joke.” Arguing for changes that align with practices in Supercars and F1, he emphasizes a cleaner restart at the start/finish line. 🏁
McLaughlin's frustration is further fueled by chaotic collisions 🚧, referencing a Nashville restart where several racers clashed. He debunks the idea of a "gentlemen's agreement" between drivers, stating, “When it goes green, there's kamikazes at the back…”
McLaughlin’s not just venting – he plans to chat with IndyCar top brass about the issue. “It pisses me off, it really does,” he concluded.🔥
Take a trip to far away motorsport lands
Episode 15 is out NOW! In this episode, they start with a light-hearted dive into Parker's birthday fiasco at the Raleigh Airport, they swiftly move onto more pressing matters. Parker shares about his best downforce track race of the year, and the duo explores the resurgence of RFK with back-to-back wins, and what this means for Chris Buescher. The plot thickens as Noah Gragson's unexpected exit from the circuit due to controversial social media actions is dissected, and our hosts dive deep into the implications of his replacement choice, Mike Rockenfeller, and what this reveals about NASCAR's ladder system.
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