Eric, on Oct 8 2007, 05:04 PM, said:
I never understood the whole "motorsport needs state of the art technology"...
That is not the case apart from GP cars and endurance LMPs.
Personally, I don't think NASCAR needs it. It takes the good ol' boys spirit out of it...although that spirit is already gone. But there's just something fun about stock cars, and with F1 tech, they wouldn't be fun anymore.
It makes the two series unique, and that makes it more fun. There'd be no point for all these series if they were all the same.
The good old boys spirit was gone when they killed the stock cars and replaced them with spec cars, when the got rid of dusty back roads (google "european rallycross" of youtube), dirt ovals and almost eliminated road courses for the sake of the numerous superspeedways.
The "spirit" was to use stock cars with what was available/used back then. In the 30s/40s when (american) stock car racing was born, carburators and OHVs was the norm, now it's (D)OHC and direct injection. It's hardly state of the art, just normal production equipment.