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Grass Infield on High Speed Ovals

I noticed in the wake of the death of Greg Moore in CART back in 1999, major super speedways paved the infield area aprons at the exits of turns 2 & 4.
After watching the Kyle Busch incident at Daytona, I noticed he had no abilty to control or stop his car on the damp grass lined infield.

Whether it be a NASCAR stock car, IndyCar, or Sports Car, racing slicks on damp grass isn't a safe combination.
Has anyone addressed this perspective?

Also, I noticed Daytona seems to be the only facility (please correct me if I'm wrong) with no "protective" wall on the outside edge of pit lane that could prevent a car from skidding through infield onto pit lane.

Any thoughts?

DMG

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An Observation...
May I add in the wake of Ryan Briscoe's incident at Fontana this past weekend, grass infields for IndyCars aren't safe either.
Previously, Marco Andretti, and the late Dan Weldon had rough endings once their cars caught the infield grass in an odd way.
Yet the flips at Indy resulted in less violent landings, though some on their sides, when on asphalt surfaces.
Briscoe's landing at Fontana may have been less violent and damaging if on asphalt.

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It absolutely is a risk that a car can lose control and plow into the active pits with crew over the wall.  When cars travel at 200mph, it is easy for them to travel a great distance while spinning...

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Thank you for your comment Mr. Cisneros.

I recently had a brief discussion with Scot (in Detroit) about this grass issue and the lack of a pit wall at tracks like Daytona, where if a car were to spin through a damp grassy infield, how would a car avoid coming into or through pit lane out of control!

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