One of the biggest talking points I have heard mentioned since the beginning of the season is dark wheels give you a competitive advantage in the sport. The idea is that with black (or extremely dark wheels) the judges cannot actually tell how much angle you are dialing in around the course.
Something that I never got was all the people crying “foul” neglect to realize most of the top teams are not running this setup on the car. Looking down the top 10 in the championship race here is how the wheels they are running:
1. Daijiro Yoshihara (silver)
2. Justin Pawlak (white)
3. Chris Forsberg (white)
4. Darren McNamara (white)
5. Matt Powers (yellow/pink)
6. Tyler McQuarrie (white)
7. Ryan Tuerck (red)
8. Conrad Grunewald (black)
9. Vaughn Gittin Jr. (green)
10. Kyle Mohan (black)
After you look over this list you have to wonder if it really is that big of an advantage or are these top tier drivers just skilled enough they don’t need to exercise the advantage against the other teams? One thing I noticed was the performance put on by Fredric Aasbo. Before the Seattle weekend (when on white wheels) he barely made it out of Top 16 with one Top 8 performance for the year.
Then we come to Evergreen Speedway where Fredric Aasbo had black wheels and drive his way to a third place finish. While I have no doubt in Fredric’s raw talent and ability behind the wheel… it does make you wonder why more teams are not running these wheels for a small advantage? In fact, the local grassroots organization in the New Jersey area (Clubloose) has banned black wheels for sometime in the rule book.
Just some food for thought on a Tuesday afternoon but many people have brought this up as a way to get away with “not producing angle.” Should more teams pick up this motto or should we move towards eliminating dark wheels from the sport all together? In my personal opinion Fredric Aasbo’s car looks way better with the black wheels on his Team Need for Speed ride so I say nice work! How do you feel about this?