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NASCAR has mandated that drivers and spotters will not be allowed to communicate with other drivers over their in-car radios in an ongoing effort to eliminate tandem racing at restrictor-plate tracks.
The decision was confirmed as teams prepared for the first of a three-day test at Daytona, a tuneup for the Feb. 26th Daytona 500.
In the past few years, drivers and spotters have had the ability to talk to multiple teams over their radios, using them to coordinate which cars would pair up and to help drivers switch from pusher to pushee.
By eliminating such communication, NASCAR hopes teams will have a more difficult time making deals and remaining in pairs. The driver doing the pushing especially needs this communication because he has little to no visibility. It was so refined that one spotter would communicate for both
drivers, even if one of them wasn’t with the spotter’s organization.
This is racing’s latest rule change to address the two-car tandem that surveys indicate fans would like to see eliminated. Although the rule was designed with tandem racing at restrictor-plate tracks in mind, it applies to all races.
Many of the veterans around Cup have maintained driver aids like spotters has taken the skill of passing and winning races out of the hands of the drivers.
Let’s see if this works!