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  • Da Goat® Da Goat® Nov 9, 2012 12:56 AM Flag

    Tear Away Windshields

    I believe the actual number of tear offs is five, Cliff. Any more than five and the wind drag begins to pull the stack of tabs from each other.

    Safety concerns- The tear aways were developed to minimize the number of crew members over the wall during pit stops. One less crew member per team reduces the opportunity of accidental contact by 43 lives. Pulling a tear off from the windshield takes less than a second, while spraying window cleaner, wiping a rag through bug guts, then repeating the process in 13 seconds has become unfeasible. Smears are just as dangerous if not more so at 200mph. One quick tug and the driver's view has been restored.

    Sweet Old Bob nailed it on the developer.

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