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Clint Bowyer fails to realize IndyCar doesn’t have push-to-pass on ovals

Jul 28, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

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We write this post purely in good fun, because chances are Clint Bowyer is speaking for the approximately 99 percent of folks in this country who aren’t diehard Verizon IndyCar Series fans, or know the ins-and-outs of the IndyCar Dallara DW12 chassis and its components.

Bowyer finished 16th in Sunday’s Brickyard 400 and then proceeded to tweet about his difficulty passing other cars. He now sits 10th in points after the race.

However, what this next tweet gains in down-home, folksy, Bowyer-esque Twitter gusto it fails in the actual “fact” department:

Bowyer’s right in noting “them Indy car things” have a push-to-pass button, an extra horsepower boost that works as an overtake assist for the spec chassis.

Where IndyCar does not utilize the push-to-pass button is, fittingly, on ovals.

The passing that occurs at the Indianapolis 500 is due to the massive hole in the air punched by this new design of IndyCar chassis, that then creates a giant tow effect where cars draft up and can then pass the car in front based on the run they get. No push-to-pass button is needed to complete this or any oval overtake. Nice try, though.

I will say that I’d love to see Bowyer – who has branched out into sports car racing before by racing a Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 in the Rolex 24 at Daytona – give a crack at “the double” of an Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in one day.

Because then he could see and sample how “them Indy car things” function in reality.

  1. wallio - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Well to be fair until very recently they did. And the rule change back to “roadies only” wasn’t very hyped.

  2. gbpckr34 - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Yeah, I honestly didn’t know either. And I watch both Indy and NASCAR. But most of the Indy schedule is road/street courses anyway, so ya learn something new everyday!

  3. testover6370 - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    Meh that is far from the most egregious error. I certainly don’t know NASCAR down to that level of detail.

  4. kitnamania13 - Jul 28, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Them Indy car things also done got themselves there a daggone fuel mixture thingamadoo that they done turn up y’all to make more of that there horsepower.

  5. bigdcart - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    “Them Indy car things…” No wonder why people classify these Nascar drivers a hayseeds. If you’re a racing fan, you have an excuse knowing that there is no P2P on ovals. But this guy is supposed to be a professional driver. A person who is paid to know the discipline of motorsports. And forget the double. Let’s see one of these Nascar drivers mix it up on a street course. Then we’ll see where the real talent lies.

    • revd4s - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      He drives for Nascar, not Indy. Do you really believe that every professional driver, be it Nascar, Indy, or NHRA should know everything about every type of race car when they only race in one discipline? How is that good for the sport they do run? Is that how you do your job, by not focusing solely on what your job entails?

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