IN NASCAR, why do the pit crew always give their car a running start?
Those things have like 600+ HP..Why the hell do they need a running start?
The tires and clutch are not designed for starts. The clutches are very small for light rotating weight and the tires are cold. Giving a push helps very little but it does help some, can prevent stalls and lets the crew participate.
They are there in case the car stalls while leaving the pits. 1st gear is usually a very low gear ratio, so it doesn't have a lot of bite.
The cars are geared so high, the push helps them get up to pit road speed more quickly.
It's to prevent stalling.
You have to remember that the time you save on pit road is huge as it can equal many laps out on the track. When the cars drive out of their pit box, the guys kind of give it a push. They don't do much, but every little bit helps.
Just to get the car goin faster in case it stalls
Time is speed and
Speed is time
Any second they can gain may be that second that makes their bumper cross the finish line first. Those cars have gear ratios for high speed which means they are slower taking off. Also it helps keep the engine from stalling.
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