As a professional race car driver competing in NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series, Martin Truex Jr . gets to do a lot of interesting and innovative things as part of his job. But this Wednesday was special by any standards. Truex gave rides around Pikes Peak International Raceway to a paraplegic and quadriplegic in a specially designed "adaptive" stock car whose smart glass technology allows drivers a operate a car using head movement. Furniture Row Racing owner Barney Visser donated one of the team's No. 78 Chevys to the program and the race team volunteered many hours transforming it with the new technology . Truex flew out to Colorado from Charlotte -- where he'll be competing in Saturday night's Bank of America 500 -- just to participate in Wendesday's Falci Adaptive Motorsports NeuroGroove RaceDay. It was difficult to tell who was enjoying the experience more. "What an awesome day to be a firsthand witness to some incredible technology ," said Truex. "Life is about giving back and Dr. (Scott) Falci and his partners are doing just that. To see the joy of the individuals I gave a ride to was very inspirational." One of Truex's passengers, Stewart Lundy, a paraplegic from Denver, Col., considered it a ride of a lifetime, joking, "And he (Truex) gets paid to do this!" "I need to reassess my life goals. That is probably one them now. I loved every minute of it -- I'm coming down from an adrenalin high." The technology used in the car can also be used in steering a wheelchair and has the potential of increasing mobilization and independence for many disabled. "I wanted to add another adapted sport for the spinal cord and disabled population," said Dr. Scott Falci, a neurosurgeon at Denver's Craig Hospital. "Motorsports is a real exciting sport and we're utilizing the No. 78 Furniture Row car as a platform to get involved in a new adaptive sporting event and also getting involved with the NASCAR community." "The emotional thrill of having Martin and his Furniture Row race car was an uplifting experience not only for the spinal cord injured individuals and their families but for all of our partners who have been passionately working on this new adaptive technology ."
LAS VEGAS -- Chip Ganassi Racing and team partner DC Solar announced Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that they're bringing mobile solar technology to the race track, starting with this weekend's NASCAR XFINITY Series Boyd Gaming 300 (Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). DC Solar President and CEO Jeff Carpoff came up with the idea after standing on Daytona International Speedway 's pit road for the season-opener race with Brennan Poole , driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet, and wasn't able to keep conversation with Poole over the roar of generators and wave of fumes on pit road. "We were able to find a solution to that by using our patented solar hybrid system," Carpoff said. "We'll be the first ones on pit road with a solar-powered cool-down box generator unit, 100 percent silent, no fumes, no fuel." DC Solar has constructed the technology in less than two weeks for this Saturday's event. The solar power can also be used at night. It was announced before the 2016 season began that DC Solar would be the primary sponsor of the No. 48 XFINITY Series Chevrolet. "The real rubber-hits-the-road for us as a team when we can take the expertise of our partners and help us get better," Steve Lauletta, President of Chip Ganassi Racing said. "Just being able to have Jeff and his team think of this opportunity helps the team get greater, helps us get more innovative, which is what our team is all about." Poole, 24, voiced the importance for more green initiatives in today's world and how the younger generation is putting forth effort to do so. "I think there's so many young people that are looking for a way to be greener," Poole said. "You even hear the talks at the Oscars from a week ago about the environment and protecting it and it's becoming an issue that younger people really want to be apart of, so I think it's really awesome for our sport to show the strides that we're making to make it greener." Poole, who is competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors, drove a part-time schedule last season with two top-10 finishes in 17 starts.
Steve O\'Donnell joins SiriusXM NASCAR Radio to discuss where NASCAR sees the inspection process going moving forward.
Each week a tech question is answered on GarageCam presented by Mobil 1 RELATED: Mobil 1 Technology Center Each week the host of NASCAR.com's GarageCam presented by Mobil 1 will take an automotive technology question and get it answered by the experts in a NASCAR garage. This week, Clay Rogers explains the technology of the dashboard gauges in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car. Be sure to tune in to GarageCam presented by Mobil 1 next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway and see another question answered. Sprint Cup Series GarageCam, presented by Mobil 1: noon ET, Friday, Nov. 14. ( Watch here ) Nationwide Series GarageCam, presented by Mobil 1: 11 a.m. ET, Friday, Nov. 14. ( Watch here ) MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Find out what the NASCAR Research & Development Center is doing to improve safety, innovation and technology in the sport.
Each week a tech question is answered on GarageCam presented by Mobil 1 RELATED: Mobil 1 Technology Center Each week the host of NASCAR.com's GarageCam presented by Mobil 1 will take an automotive technology question and get it answered by the experts in a NASCAR garage. This week, Nate McGuire, a tire specialist for the Tommy Baldwin Racing team discusses valve stems and how they can cause problems during a race. Be sure to tune in next season for GarageCam presented by Mobil 1 to see another question answered, while also getting a tour of the garage area. Thanks for tuning in to GarageCam for the 2014 season and we look forward to bringing you up close in 2015. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Each week an expert will answer a tech question on GarageCam presented by Mobil 1 RELATED: Mobil 1 Technology Center Each week the host of NASCAR.com's GarageCam presented by Mobil 1 will take an automotive technology question and get it answered by the experts in a NASCAR garage. This week, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Justin Allgaier , answers the Mobil 1 Tech Question of the Week. Watch the video above to hear Allgaier explain the different types of visors he'll using the day-to-night race on Saturday. Be sure to tune in to GarageCam presented by Mobil 1 next week at Talladega Superspeedway and see another question answered. Sprint Cup Series GarageCam, presented by Mobil 1: 2 p.m. ET, Friday,, Oct. 17. ( Watch here ) MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
This NASCAR Automotive Technology Series features Courtney Hansen explaining some of the advances in firesuit and helmet safety through the years of NASCAR.
Groundbreaking system will change landscape of sport MORE: Data rules, but human element still key CONCORD, N.C. -- NASCAR officials will no longer be standing alongside crewmen to police pit stops in 2015, but that doesn’t mean the sanctioning body won’t be watching what takes place. A new, technologically driven system that incorporates the use of 45 cameras will feed video of every stop made by every team to a central location, where eight officials will log pertinent information and report any violations. "This is a great new innovation," Shawn Rogers, Managing Director of Business Operations for NASCAR, said Tuesday as he previewed the system for members of the media. "I think it will probably change our sport, put us finally at the tip of the spear with technology . "Paramount to us, we always want to increase our safety when possible, increase our accuracy … be consistent and above all these days, be transparent." How will it work? Each of the cameras will display two specific pit stalls. Once a car is on pit road, the individual cameras will record its progress as it moves through each area. The use of tracking software and pit road scoring loops identifies and verifies each car. That same system software tracking its movement will indicate any infractions, such as too many men over the wall or driving through too many pit boxes when entering or exiting the pits based on information ingested prior to the event. If there are no infractions logged by the system, one of the eight officials will still monitor the stop, noting the number of tires taken, whether fuel was added and whether any changes (chassis adjustments or repair to a damaged area, for example) to the car were made. Infractions fall into three groups -- vehicle (such as pitting outside pit box), equipment (leaving pit box with gas can still attached, etc.) and personnel/crew (too many men over the wall; over the wall too soon, etc.) When the software picks up an infraction, it will be displayed on the monitor where an official will quickly view the stop and either confirm the issue (and subsequently notify the tower) or clear it if it can be determined that no infraction took place. As an example, Rogers provided video of a driver that stopped just beyond his pit box last year when pitting, and the system flagged the infraction. However, crewmen quickly pushed the car back into its box before beginning to service it. Therefore, there was no penalty, and under the new system, an official has the ability to remove and clear the infraction notation. Although it was in place during the final portion of the ’14 season, the system was tested, but not used for official purposes. "We ran the system, full parallel testing, the final 11 races," Rogers said. "Our focus was to test out our hardware and software … train our officials and give them lots of reps with the system … and train our (operations) group." The expectation is for each pit stop to be viewed and cleared in no more than eight seconds and stops are prioritized -- those that are flagged as infractions are moved to the top of the list for immediate attention. The eight officials work through each stop until all have been cleared, reported when necessary and logged. Teams will be notified of any penalties that occur once a stop has been completed. "We’re not going to tell anyone of any violations until they leave pit road," Rodgers said. "That's how we do speeding violations now. So we don't get into this person found out a little bit sooner than that person. That could be different depending on circumstances, he said. "If 35 cars pit at once on the third lap of the Daytona 500 , some … could be told sooner than others." The use of the technology will change the number of officials along pit road. Instead of the approximately two dozen that policed pit stops last year, only 10 will be in the pits this year. And Rogers said they would be stationed behind pit wall where they can respond to any team inquiries and monitor actions from that side of the car when necessary. The officiating system will not be used at stand-alone events for the NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series, according to Rogers. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Each week a tech question is answered on GarageCam presented by Mobil 1 RELATED: Mobil 1 Technology Center Each week the host of NASCAR.com's GarageCam presented by Mobil 1 will take an automotive technology question and get it answered by the experts in a NASCAR garage. This week, a member of Michael Annett 's No. 7 team, Bob Decker, answers the Mobil 1 Tech Question of the Week regarding the difference between in-race fueling and garage fueling. Be sure to tune in to GarageCam presented by Mobil 1 next week at Phoenix International Raceway and see another question answered. Sprint Cup Series GarageCam, presented by Mobil 1: 1 p.m. ET, Friday, Nov. 7. ( Watch here ) Nationwide Series GarageCam, presented by Mobil 1: 11:30 a.m. ET, Friday, Nov. 7. ( Watch here ) MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView