Friday, February 13, 2004


The Daytona qualifying races were held yesterday, and the starting grid for the race on Sunday was set. As expected, two people of whom almost nobody has heard went home. The only interesting development is that apparently NASCAR and GoodYear have got together and spec'd a truly awful tire for this race. It is very soft so it gives good grip for the first 5-10 laps of each stint, and then no grip whatsoever for the rest of the stint (25-35 laps is the fuel window). This actually opens up the remote possibility that race tactics will have to be employed! In fact it is possible that this year's race will have some racing, instead of 3 1/2 hours of 43 cars driving very fast inches from each others bumpers (until "The Big One" reduces the field by half). But I'm not holding my breath.