Last week many of of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup teams gathered at Virginia International Raceway for a day of road course testing. VIR is not part of the Sprint Cup schedule, but teams were there to test car setups prior to the Sonoma and Watkins Glen races coming up this summer.
The crew at Richard Childress Racing decided to mount a camera on Kevin Harvick’s helmet before he headed out, resulting in an awesome driver’s-eye view of what it’s like to wrestle a Sprint Cup car around a road course. Watch and enjoy.
The engine goes from 4 000 rpm to 10 000 ! So much better than in F1 where you cannot hear the engine rev.
To me it's a manual, but yes it's surprinsingly fast and smooth. I also like the rev counter. It's so much better than a digital one.
I found myself trying to peak over the dash when watching the video. Horrible camera mounting position.
Sounds like they mount a sequential gearbox for road courses as apposed to a standard one at an "oval" or "super speedway"?
I LOVE NASCAR!!!!!! please please please show some more coverage of it! that #29 BUD car and Harvick are the winning ticket to the chase this year.
It would be much cooler if drivers were required to use transmissions where they actually USE the clutch pedal IMO.. Seeing someone bang through the gears with one foot kinda takes half the point out of road racing.
Not really digging the oval-part of nascar but the engineering-part is very impressive, a V8 that revs to almost 10k is not something you see every day..
This is my home, VIR. I live 30 minutes from there and attend nearly every event I can get into. My dad and I go and I take pictures at the track and in the pits with my film camera the develop them all the time. I really hope to see you speedhunters there sometime soon, maybe for the ALMS race in September!
I was thinking the same thing, but it is a normal 4 speed box judgeing from the pattern, but that is some fast shifting from a normal box.
@Screech Yeah, it's a Jerico dog box.