NASCAR urged to act against traction control

Longtime American stock car race engine builder Doug Yates has called for NASCAR to "get serious" about the issue of traction control, in view of increasing rumours that some of the top Winston Cup teams might be using such an ineligible system. "If they want to stop traction control, the only way is to get more educated on it and police the parts better,' Yates said. "It's crazy. It was like this in Trans-Am, and the only way they fixed it was to hand out ignition boxes."

NASCAR urged to act against traction control

'NASCAR should be working on a standard electrical harness for all the cars and a standard set of ignition boxes. NASCAR needs to eliminate this, get it out of everybody's head. They can hand out ignition boxes and check the alternators."

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NASCAR had planned to order teams to mount the ignition box on top of the dash, so that a driver could be easily seen if he made adjustments. That rule was scrapped, but could be revived for next season. However the technology has now advanced to the stage that the function could be accomplished by a small 'circuit interrupter', the size of a TV remote control, that a driver could hide in his safety suit.

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