Originally posted by David M. Kane
I agree how could all the fuel be on one side even with all left turns; but I've never driven an Indy car or an oval.
Let's let this thing play out some more. Does anyone one know Paul Nicolini. Jerry Entin do you know how to reach Pter Bryant?
Peter Bryant is already firmly on the record that the car carried one tank only, mounted on the left side.
And actually, that is a very sensible way to distribute the fuel load on an Indy car: this way, when the vehicle's fuel load is greatest and its weight the greatest, its left side weight percentage is also the greatest. As the fuel burns off the vehicle's weight decreases and so does the left side weight bias. When the vehicle is heaviest is when it least wants to turn and most wants to go straight (aka understeer), so it needs more left side weight bias to turn left. As the fuel burns off and the vehicle becomes lighter it will turn better because there is less mass subject to acceleration (aka change in direction) so it requires less left weight bias. Additionally, a left-side fuel tank is less exposed to a wall impact, which is liable to be right-side first.