Steve O’Donnell addresses Brad Keselowski’s ‘frustrated’ comments
NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell responded to Brad Keselowski today. O’Donnell was “a little disappointed” of the choice words from the 2012 series champion.
Brad Keselowski stated:
“I am probably as much frustrated with myself as I am frustrated with the situation and frustrated with the sport that we can’t design a better car than this that you can race without having to do everything on the restart,” he said at the time. “That is all part of it I guess. It is where we are right now.”
Every Monday morning Steve O’Donnell provides an interview to Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. The topics can vary. Today, Brad Keselowski’s negative comments toward the racecar design were the topic.
“I was a little disappointed in the comment for sure,” O’Donnell told hosts Mike Bagley and Pete Pistone. “Brad’s a leader in our sport. I understand it was heat of the moment, but definitely disappointing to see that.”
The cars are supposed to be hard to drive
“My immediate (feedback) is Brad Keselowski had input on this rules package,” O’Donnell said. “I think he was frustrated, he had a tough night. The cars are supposed to be hard to drive. These are the best drivers in the world.
“I chalk that up with frustration, heat of the moment. But, yeah, we always work on improve the racing. We are working, as we always do, with the industry to put together what could be that future car, but that’s down the road. That’s years in the making.”
The latest NASCAR racecar design was first introduced in 2013.
Since the initial launch of the Gen-6, the car has been tweaked. Those modifications mostly include a reduction in downforce.