Following Joey Logano’s terrifying airborne wreck at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, Brad Keselowski is speaking out.
“I mean, no doubt we got to find a way to keep cars on the ground. I don’t care what the (aero) rules package is,” Keselowski said after his win in the GEICO 500. “We start there – can’t have cars leaving the ground.”
During the final lap, Denny Hamlin turned Joey Logano’s car while racing. Logano’s No. 22 veered left with the left side of his car getting hit by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. As a result, Logano’s rear wheels came off the ground.
The front of Logano’s car then seemed to make slight contact with William Byron, who passed Logano. This contributed to Logano’s car going up and over and into several barrel rolls before landing onto all four wheels. Fortunately, Logano was uninjured.
Brad Keselowski Weighs In on Talladega Wreck
“We’re pretty good drivers, but none of that stuff works when we’re in the air – the gas pedal, brake pedal, steering wheel, shifter,” Keselowski said. “We’re not rudders. When that thing gets in the air, it lands where it wants to.
He continued: “What goes up must come down. It’s not a jet-propelled airplane. We have no way to control where it comes down, so we absolutely have to find a way to keep them from coming off the ground.” While Logano is pushing for NASCAR to reevaluate its superspeedway racing package, Brad Keselowski remained vague on his stance.
“This particular rules package, my feelings on it, it’s so easy to build a run, incredibly easy to build a run,” he said. “I don’t know if you have to have quite as much tact. But it does make for more side-by-side racing. I think the fans like that. There’s some tradeoffs.”
He added, “As for whether or not it causes the cars to go airborne or not, I would let the aero guys probably answer that better than I could.” NASCAR officials announced that they would be collaborating with Team Penske officials to determine what went wrong during eh race.
Drivers will not use this particular model car in the Cup Series after this season. However, it’s unclear if drivers will use the model in the two superspeedway races remaining in 2021.
“I think when cars kind of take flight because of impacts, I think we all just assume that’s the way it’s going to be. If you run over somebody, somebody hits you, gets things moving, that’s one thing,” said Travis Geisler, Team Penske’s competition director.
“When a car kind of takes off on its own, that’s a different level of concern from an industry standpoint. We need to spend some time looking at it. We’ll go through the car (on Monday) with NASCAR, with a lot more of a mind for inspection on what happened to the car.