Workforce Penske driver Logano, who gained the Cup Sequence title in 2018, is among the 16 drivers locked into the playoffs that begin this weekend at Darlington courtesy of standard season wins at Darlington and Gateway.
However after a destructive race at Daytona on Sunday won by Austin Dillon, which featured a number of multiple-car incidents, Logano voiced his concern that the new-for-2022 Dallara-built machine has given drivers extra “brutal” impacts than its predecessor.
Busch, the 2004 Cup champion, has been out of motion since a qualifying crash at Pocono and elected to relinquish his place in the playoffs – inherited by Logano’s team-mate Ryan Blaney because the highest-ranking driver through the common season with no win.
“I’m involved, I believe everybody is anxious proper now,” stated Logano, who recently signed a multi-year extension to his Penske deal.
“I don’t see how you would not be.
“If you have a look at rivals and your personal experiences being brutal compared to what the outdated automobile was, yeah, it’s going to lift an eye fixed.
“You have a look at the a few of issues which have occurred – Kurt’s scenario, you hear about a few of the wrecks from final weekend [at Daytona], my experiences at Charlotte and Michigan on the check, these issues are actual.
“You possibly can’t conceal from that. I’ve put much more time into that stuff than I used to than I did with the outdated automobile. There have to be a motive for it.”
Some drivers raised considerations concerning 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 overview of crash check information.
The panel consisted of Dr. James Raddin, who took half within the investigation of the demise of the late Dale Earnhardt; Dr. Jeff Crandall, who serves as an engineering marketing consultant to the NFL; Dr. Barry Myers, a professor of biomedical engineering at Duke College; and Dr. Joel Stitzel, chair of biomedical engineering at Wake Forest Baptist Well being.
There have been variations famous by NASCAR with the brand new automobile design from the beginning, nonetheless, notably the chance of elevated severity of rear impacts because of the shortened rear finish of the vehicles.
One other distinction is the final enhance of pace of the Cup vehicles this season due to a change within the aerodynamic bundle.
Bubba Wallace complained over his crew radio following his wreck in final Sunday’s race at Daytona concerning the arduous rear-impact he skilled in his automobile.
And Denny Hamlin this week introduced he would sit out Saturday’s Xfinity Sequence race at Darlington to deal with the Cup race whereas complaining of continued soreness from his wreck at Daytona.
NASCAR officers say they proceed accumulate and analyse all crash information in an effort discover areas to enhance rear-end impacts. That features wanting on the rear clip, the rear crash construction, the rear bumper and the rear bumper foam.
Requested if NASCAR’s response to driver considerations to this point was what he would love it to be, Logano stated: “Not till it’s fastened, no. I believe that takes time.
“It’s irritating that we’re on this place within the first place however it doesn’t look like every little thing is added up fairly but to make the very best choices.
“I believe the place we’re in as a sport is what are the issues with this automobile that make it damage extra if you wreck? And what can we repair? Are there fast fixes or are they fixes that need to occur over time? There’s a little little bit of each, for certain.”
Ryan Blaney, Workforce Penske, Wurth Ford Mustang, Joey Logano, Workforce Penske, Shell Pennzoil Ford Mustang
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Regardless of drivers having solely just lately expressed considerations publicly, Logano stated the problem “has been round earlier than the automobile even hit the race monitor”.
“It’s simply uncovered to you guys now as a result of there’s a driver sitting out,” he stated. “It’s uncovered now.”
Nonetheless, driver reactions to wrecks have different wildly, with Chase Briscoe stating that his expertise in wrecks, each instances at superspeedways, had been “means higher than I assumed they have been going be”.
Even Logano understands there isn’t a “fast, straightforward repair” to the problems which were raised.
“I’m not saying the automobile shouldn’t be secure, I’m saying it’s not as secure because the outdated automobile in some methods – in some methods, it’s safer than the outdated automobile,” he stated.
“When it comes to intrusion, I don’t see something getting contained in the automobile as simply because the outdated automobile. So far as rolling over and the cage crushing in your head – I really feel means, means, means higher about that scenario.
“The highest 10-percent of the wrecks and the intrusion points, I really feel significantly better about that. It’s the on a regular basis hits which can be extra extreme than they was once.”