Tech Note: From the Garage – #24 Won’t Crank! May 3, 2008Posted by claireblang in Breaking News, Teams.
Tags: claire b lang, jeff gordon, NASCAR, Richmond International Raceway, XM Radio
Image via WikipediaHey everyone! I’ll bet you can’t wait for the race to start. Here’s some news pre-race. The engine would not crank in Jeff Gordon’s #24 prior to pre-race inspection this afternoon and his car goes to the rear of the field here at Richmond International Raceway. Because tonight’s race is an impound race – any unapproved changes made to the cars after qualifying result in a loss of starting position. Gordon qualified 28th. Today, before inspection in view of an official, the engine in his car wouldn’t crank and the starter had to be replaced. I went to the Dupont hauler in the garage to get a few answers related to the starter issue:
Doug Duchardt VP of Development (engines – race builds)
CBL: So what happened to the #24 starter?
Duchardt: ” When they went to try to start up the car for inspection the bendix hung up and broke. That’s the part that goes out and engages the fly wheel. So we had to change the starter and had go to the back.”
CBL: There will be debate on how this. How common is this – other than right before a race?
Duchardt: “It’s probably more common than (fans) know. We usually don’t have it fail in that way. Usually it just – the solenoid won’t work it won’t engage. We have had it happen before. Not in an impound race. We have had it happen in practices. We continuously work with our supplier to try to improve it and in this case it caught us out.”
CBL: Has the supplier already gotten a message from you?
Duchardt: “Oh yea. There have been emails flying today back to the source so we’ll be working on it. As anything it’s always continuous improvement on every part we’re working on and that’s another one.”
CBL: If not for the impound you could have changed it.
Duchardt: “It never showed a signs of any issue until it catastrophically broke today so. It just happened today.
We were just warming up the car this morning when it happened. In a normal weekend we would have changed it (the starter) and would have gone through (inspection) so next weekend (at Darlington) it would not have been an issue.”
That’s it – back to pit road for pre race.
Claire B – Richmond 6:00 p.m.EST