Archive for March, 2012
Daytona Beach, Florida – NASCAR has announced last Monday that NASCAR’s Senior Vice President Paul Brooks, also the president for NASCAR Media Group will be leaving the portals of NASCAR on the 4th of May, 2012. The reason behind his plan of leaving is to set a time for personal and business interests intended for him and his family as well.
Paul Brooks has served in the NASCAR for nineteen years but his resignation does not mean that he will be totally leaving NASCAR. In fact, he will still continue to serve as a senior adviser to the NASCAR Company in some areas like broadcasting, innovation, and media strategy.
Brooks’ accomplishments in the company are immeasurable. In fact, Brooks has significantly contributed to the great success being enjoyed by the industry for the last couple of decades. His existence in the industry has triggered many people to be prepared in the different areas of the industry and this preparation is for the expansion and for the future growth of the company.
According to Brian France, NASCAR’s chief executive and chairman, the company is so grateful working with Paul Brooks and they are thankful for his years of unstoppable and immeasurable dedication. The company also stresses that they will support every undertaking Brooks has to do and they wish the best of luck to him and to his family as well. Brian France also quoted, “Paul Brooks will be greatly missed in the industry.”
As for Brooks, he mentioned that he has a good list of big interests and ideas which he is meant to explore and this transition that he is about to do in May has been well-planned. He also added that he had a great time working with one of the most respected and most successful American businesses, which mainly focus on professional sports. He even added that he has high respects for NASCAR, to the France family, and to the president of NASCAR, Mike Helton. He said that he believes that NASCAR is positioned to undergo massive growths in the future.
Among the remarkable accomplishments of Brooks for the NASCAR Company include:
- Being in the first team, which developed the long-term consolidation of NASCAR’s TV and media agreements with NBC, FOX, FX, turner, NASCAR TV on Speed, and ABC/ESPN.
- Launched the 24-hour radio channel for on XM satellite for NASCAR radio
- He joined the negotiating team, which brought up Sprint-Nextel as sponsor to the sport thus the birth of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NEXTEL Cup Series.
The growth of hybrid cars from the use of fuel-cell battery, renewable energy source and electric engines are taking its trend and vast popularity in NASCAR’s race. Home to one of the world’s best track racing event in history, the Sprint Cup category has apparently pursue famous drivers to give fans a surprise craze. When the attention of such drag racing limits to the general technical specs and body styling, it was too common and the thus, the production decided to dealt contenders not just to contribute a race of the title but also a race for the environment.
We know greatly how excited fans are when NASCAR events reach out prestigious car designs equipped with powerful aerodynamic stature. However, using electric cars to the track is somewhat new to viewers if you ask them frankly. They know the pros and cons and the full capacity to race a vehicle that has only spark plugs to charge the engine.
For instance, dating back the generation of R07 Chevrolet engine began to set up a classy power plant when small-block generation 2 (SB2) type didn’t click to most automakers design. NASCAR rules and regulations regarding the limits of using such engines require technical improvements for cylinder barrels, blocks and some rotating components to propel the production system more reliable for a race vehicle. According to technicians, the latest R07 engine is better upgraded than the camshaft used in SB2 because of its potential to blast pushrods shorter and smoother when given the test to run at higher rims per minute. What about the pistons and cooling system around the cylinder barrels? Well, for this engine, you don’t have to worry about its critical heat limits because it is already made to refine the coolant flow within the mechanics.
Meanwhile, when hybrid autos are drifting new generation of power train, automakers decided to run test drives for the purpose of track racing. Eventually, thanks to technology, traditional NASCAR vehicles are now revolutionized to modern green autos. Public car shows unveils many green NASCAR cars that has proven the best power train performance you could ever see. One of the recorded highlights among the finest vehicles in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup race is Johnson’s entry to the circuit.
It was his first time to meet the press and talk about NASCAR penalties him and his team received from the sanctioning body. Earlier NASCAR imposed penalty on his team for illegally modified car.
Knaus said that he is saddened by the penalty since he and his team worked hard in preparation for the Daytona 500 and would not hide his indignation over the imposed penalty and wished that NASCAR could have assess the violation in more acceptable terms.
Knaus team merited a six-week suspension each after NASCAR found the C-post of the car was illegally modified. The penalty carries a fine of $100,000 for knaus and slashed with 25 driver points and 25 owner points. The sanction came at a day before to running Bud-shootout non point events and exactly nine days before the much awaited running Daytona 500 and have busted the high hopes of the team for getting on the tracks. Knaus and his team is not happy and was surprised when the sanction came sending them in high emotions.
But, with recent NASCAR change of policy, Knaus is availing the possibility to go on appeals and find NASCAR being open to it makes them optimistic enough to get the results on their favor. Knaus admitted that in the past, NASCAR has changed, reversed or maximized the penalty they have imposed and just hope the best possible will happen to him and his team.
In the past, Knaus has been penalized nine times by NASCAR and had clashes with the sanctioning body in the interpretation of some of its rules. Knaus credentials include five Sprint Cup Championships with Johnson and a well-respected 11-year career as crew chief. He is lucky to win one appeal case with NASCAR and hope his luck will double this time.
Knaus airs his side about the violation although they’re planning to make an appeal. He said that questioned templates were all visual and in fact has never gotten to be presented to the car. That’s what he and his team is appealing of.
Knaus continues to say that he never expected anything of it. He and his team work hard to come out with a champion car and race it on the track. The sad thing is NASCAR saw something they didn’t like and he and his team just got penalized.
While Knaus is yet to make an appeal, Johnson, Chad Knaus co-leader and driver said that what’s important is what will happen in Phoenix and had put aside the Daytona fiasco.
Chevrolet No. 48 crew chief Chad Knaus has been slapped with suspension and accompanying penalties in connection with an allegedly illegally modified car he is prepping up for the upcoming Daytona 500. Feeling “deeply saddened”, Knaus for the first time announced in public the details surrounding the perceived irregularities in the car adjustments that he handled including the consequences that he will be facing. He met with the media before his team’s practice sessions for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 to be held at the Phoenix International Raceway.
Saying that he did not expect the results of the findings, Knaus said, “We do, and unfortunately they didn’t like something and they addressed that.” Together with Ron Malec, Chad Knaus was handed down with a six-week suspension after NASCAR officials discovered that the C-posts in the car Knaus prepared were illegitimately modified. The inspection was done in Daytona last February 17, nine days shy of the Daytona 500. Aside from the one and a half month suspension, Knaus is also fined $100,000 and the team was deducted 25 owner points and 25 driver points. Although a request for appeal was granted, there is no date set yet for the hearing.
However, Knaus feels positive on the appeal process. He said that they have a strong case because the car, which failed in the last inspection, is the very same car with the same modifications, which passed numerous inspections in four preceding races in Talladega and Daytona. “It’s unfortunate that I have to keep taking advantage of the process from time to time, but it’s good that it’s there. We’ve seen some things changed or reversed or even maximized through that process,” Knaus said.
Incidentally, with his 11 years running as a crew chief, Chad Knaus had been penalized nine times and had experienced got suspended three times by NASCAR. Nevertheless, he has won the Sprint Cup championship five times. And, his positive outlook on the appeal may be fueled by his winning an appeal in a previous hearing.
The C-posts, when strategically adjusted, can provide aerodynamic advantage to the car driver. Knaus mentioned that he respected the inspection process and he wants to have his day in the appeals hearing I order to prove his point. The dilemma of the team is that they do not know who will replace Knaus if the appeal is turned down and he serves his six-week suspension.