1988-02-01

A Discussion of Aerodynamic Interference Effects Between a Race Car and a Race Track Retaining Wall (A Wind Tunnel NASCAR Case Study) 880458

This report should not be looked upon as an end in itself, but rather as a thought provoker. It raises the question that there may be an additional dimension to race car aerodynamics other than just open roadway drag reduction, stability and handling performance. Some situations are seldom considered, nor even addressed, in public forums. Based upon wind tunnel test data, the authors show, at least for this one test setup, that significantly large changes in aerodynamic forces can be generated on a NASCAR stock car racer by its close proximity to the stationary retaining wall around a race track.

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