Harvick’s #four Stewart-Haas Racing Ford caught hearth throughout final weekend’s first playoff race at Darlington, regardless of no crash injury or contact with the wall. Flames erupted out beneath each side of the automobile and got here in by his dashboard at one level, inflicting the 2014 champion to retire and be labeled 33rd.
After he vocally took NASCAR to task following the incident, NASCAR responded that cars catching fire was “unacceptable” and mandated a number of adjustments to the automobile’s chassis this week which have taken impact this weekend at Kansas Speedway.
Nevertheless, Harvick mentioned your complete course of takes too lengthy and is one motive why he stop the unique driver’s council.
“Security can’t be about cash,” mentioned Harvick, who has been a fixture within the Cup Sequence since 2001 when he was chosen to switch Dale Earnhardt Sr at Richard Childress Racing following his deadly Daytona 500 crash.
“I’ve lived this, man. I watched after we had all of the battle with Adam (Petty) and Kenny Irwin and it resulted in Dale Earnhardt’s [death at Daytona].
“After which impulsively, it was necessary to put on the HANS machine or it was necessary to put on the Hutchens machine.
“We developed comfortable partitions (SAFER limitations). It could actually’t be gradual. Security can’t be gradual.
“This automobile is screwed up so far as the best way that it crashes. Whether or not the information says it or not, each driver on this storage will let you know it’s not proper and it hurts.
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“Ft damage, palms damage, head hurts and there must be a greater resolution.
“NASCAR has been gradual to react and the groups are all the time frightened about cash and that doesn’t do something for the drivers.”
Earlier this week, NASCAR’s senior vp of competitors Scott Miller identified that NASCAR has been engaged on the hearth problem because it first got here to mild on the Indianapolis street course earlier this season.
On the time, the automobiles of Chris Buescher and Joey Logano each had fires erupt within the rocker field from crash injury, largely coming from beneath the right-side of the automobile.
Following the fires suffered by Buescher, Logano and others by Chase Briscoe and Alex Bowman, NASCAR mandated an exhaust shroud be added to the automobile, which appeared to assist handle the issue.
Harvick’s problem at Darlington appeared extra distinctive and extra measures – together with the addition of a metal plate and hearth retardant materials – had been added this week.
Harvick urged with regards to questions of safety, there needs to be a extra unbiased course of.
“The protection factor ought to go right into a bucket that has a council or board of some type that handles a lot of these issues,” he mentioned.
“When it goes into that security bucket, NASCAR and the groups wouldn’t have a say in it.
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“I’ve been on each side of this and it’s the rationale I didn’t keep on the motive force’s council as a result of issues had been too gradual. Like if I used to be working it… It simply occurs too gradual for me.
“I believe this taking part in the politically right, we acquired to maintain our eye on the racing, we acquired a TV contract arising – no matter all that’s, it’s nonetheless not honest to the drivers to be compromised inside the automobile, having the gradual response that we’re having and the not listening to ‘each hit hurts.’ As a result of each hit hurts.”
Some drivers raised issues in regards to the automobile’s security throughout its preliminary testing however final July an unbiased panel of consultants signed off on the automobile’s security following the outcomes of a assessment of crash check knowledge.
As well as, NASCAR meets periodically with a gaggle of drivers – a two-hour assembly passed off this previous week – to debate security issues. Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Corey LaJoie and Austin Dillon had been amongst those that took half within the dialogue this week.
“Issues have progressed to the place we’re as we speak however it will probably’t be that gradual,” Harvick mentioned.
“It’s not simply the rear-clip – it’s the entrance clip, rear clip, facet – each hit hurts. Now, you’re in an emergency state of affairs as a result of the automobile doesn’t crash proper. I don’t what the answer is however I do know it must be method quicker.
“Should you begin within the offseason, it’s going to be a whole cluster to attempt to get it executed earlier than the (Busch) Conflict. So, the place are we headed right here? What’s the plan?
“Your knowledge might say it’s the identical, however it’s actually not the identical. If you begin it, and I do know Denny has talked about this earlier than, you have a look at how fast the hits come up and how briskly the whole lot accelerates, I believe it’s very obvious it’s not the identical.
“The overall G (forces) stands out as the identical, however the quickness that you just get there’s very totally different.”