DJR TEAM PENSKE SEEKS NEWCASTLE PIT SPEED ANSWERS
Published 05 December 2017
Champion Team to meet with Supercars to review McLaughlin’s pit lane speeding penalty …
STORY: AARON NOONAN
DJR Team Penske will meet with Supercars technical staff on Monday next week in a bid to further understand why driver Scott McLaughlin was given a pit lane penalty for speeding in pit lane during the final race of the championship in Newcastle late last month.
The team today confirmed it would meet with Supercars technical staff at DJR Team Penske’s Queensland base on Monday December 11 to further understand the situation.
It has released image captures from the race telecast and data, as included above in the image section, that shows the #17 Shell V-Power Racing Falcon FG X not exceeding the pit speed limit.
It has today released a statement that included the following:
“According to the team’s analysis of multiple different data/video feeds, Scott didn’t exceed the 40 km/h speed limit at any point in pit lane.
“Members of Supercars technical staff have agreed to attend a meeting at the DJR Team Penske workshop on Monday, 11 December to review the incident with the team’s technical staff.
“Data retrieved from the car aligned to television footage of the car entering pit lane and the footage from the MoTeC VCS Judicial Camera (note: Judicial Camera footage cannot be publicly released without Supercars permission) has been analysed.
“Each analysis demonstrates McLaughlin’s car never exceeded the speed limit. In fact, when McLaughlin released the brake pedal prior to the pit entry line, the car was travelling at 33.5 km/h. Following entry, the car’s pit speed limiter brought the vehicle speed up to a steady 38.2 km/h without ever exceeding the prescribed 40 km/h limit.
“The data reviewed includes both front and rear wheel speed (as supplied by Supercars), throttle position, brake pressure, GPS speed and longitudinal G-force.
“DJR Team Penske accepts that the outcome of the Championship cannot be altered, but the team feels it has a responsibility to seek clarity and to ensure the methods used to enforce pit lane speed limits going forward are as accurate as possible for all competitors.
"Image caption - The television footage shows Car #17 with the pit limiter engaged, on the brake pedal, then off it prior to the pit entry line, which provides a current spike in amperage in the car’s data from the brake light which can be used as a geographical marker in lieu of a beacon. When the driver releases the brake pedal, prior to the pit entry line, the car is travelling at 33.5 km/h. Following entry, the pit speed limiter in the car brings the vehicle speed to a steady 38.2 km/h, at no point exceeding the prescribed 40 km/h limit."