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    Any idea why we are seeing so many fires this year? Is there something to do with the overflow location, some difference in the way the tanks are vented? Something has changed and it isn't good.

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    If you are talking pit lane refueling fires, who else besides Ray has had one? Scheckter's at TX was pulling the rig to quickly as far as I recall, and Giaffone's at Pikes Peak was sending him out before it was pulled.

    By best guess is that crews are trying extra hard to be just a couple tenths quicker on the stops and they are screwing up. that's just a guess.

    jmart

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    • #3
      how about a switch and circuit that made you keep the clutch pedal down until the dry break connection was clear otherwise it would kill the engine?
      sort of like the starter interlock on street cars
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      • #4
        Originally posted by jmart
        If you are talking pit lane refueling fires, who else besides Ray has had one? Scheckter's at TX was pulling the rig to quickly as far as I recall, and Giaffone's at Pikes Peak was sending him out before it was pulled.

        By best guess is that crews are trying extra hard to be just a couple tenths quicker on the stops and they are screwing up. that's just a guess.

        jmart
        Miera at Michigan, Buddy Lazier earlier this year. I think there have been others.Oh and Robby Gordon at Indy - last year?. One a year is too many and there seems to be some connection here. I am only guessing but it seems like fuel is getting out of the overflow and under the cowling. Mandate a common 'dump' location, if need be, someplace nice and cool and away from the exhaust and engine.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Jim Wilke
          Mandate a common 'dump' location, if need be, someplace nice and cool and away from the exhaust and engine.
          Which would be... the nose? I think they should go to the single point fueling system like CART uses. That way they can move the airjack to the rear and give that guy a much easier time holding the car until the fuel is in and the wheels are on.

          And if they go to RCs in 2005, unless it's Mid-Ohio, they will be using the single-point fueling equipment. There is no vent opening on the right hand side.

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          • #6
            I don't know, maybe plumb a vent pipe into the side pod and dump the excess under the driver's right elbow...

            I realize, though, the longer the vent drain, the more problems with restrictions and the vent carrying fuel. Something isn't right, though, we're seeing way too many of these fires. Somebody is going to get hurt.

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            • #7
              From what I heard, Miera's fire couldn't have been avoided. Equipment problem. His had nothing to do with refueling.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by autoracingfan2
                From what I heard, Miera's fire couldn't have been avoided. Equipment problem. His had nothing to do with refueling.

                Very true. This was an fire caused by a failure of a piece of vendor supplied equiptment.
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