So if I look ahead, when we get to Baltimore, are you telling the team managers and drivers in their meetings to have a “be more careful out there” speech with their teams? Because you can't really police every single action or move that gets made during stops. Personal responsibility has to enter into things to some degree.
Probably two points to that. One is that for some of the speculation about cars not “being able to turn enough to miss that guy” well, I wholeheartedly disagree because, lo and behold, we're on our way to Baltimore where the pit boxes are seven feet shorter. So there is an ability to get out; it is tighter quarters there.
To that point and one that I was going to make to conclude, if we're going to play the conjecture game a little bit, if that outside rear guy is a foot or two away from the car and really hanging that tire out there, away from his body, then we have to take some action. But the fact that we looked at it and noted where his right foot was, how close he was to the guy that was bent down under the car with the starter, at the point he got hit, there wasn't really much other place for him to go other than disappear.
That's 100 percent true and looking at where his feet are placed, he wasn't standing too far out or in Dixon's way. But I haven't really put that out there as the main issue. If the right rear tire was in front of him instead of at his side, this conversation never happens, the contact never happens and Dixon and Power go on their merry way. And I'm not saying Law committed a sin by carrying his tire on his hip. If there's space to do so, no worries. But out of curiosity, I went back and looked at footage from Mid-Ohio in 2012 when Dixon and Power were in the same situation, and Power's right rear man (Law was on Ryan Briscoe's car in 2012) carries his tire on his hip on one stop, then he carries it in front of him on another, and on another stop, the left rear man actually takes the right tire from the outside man. On two of the three stops there seemed to be an effort to be as narrow as possible behind the car due to having Dixon launching.
Frankly, you can see lots of different methods being used up and down pit lane for carrying the outside tire back to the pit wall. But Sonoma and Mid-Ohio 2012 just seem to highlight that there are multiple ways of doing things, and some involve being narrower rather than wider. If I'm looking at takeaways, I'd think that leaning towards narrow would be a good thing to suggest as a standard practice for every outside tire man going forward.
BB If [Law] had been any further out on pit lane, then we'd have something different to consider for a penalty if something similar happened in the future. If he's in a little bit different spot, it could've changed things, but we just didn't feel he was far enough out for that to be the case.
And then fast forwarding to Baltimore, yeah, everybody's got to be looking after each other. And those are items high on the priority list. You mentioned managers and drivers meetings, simply due to the fact that we're going to the shortest pit boxes of the year. And we have greater expectations for the teams to look after each other and look after themselves.
Marshall Pruett argues "How would Dixon have emerged from his pitbox without going through Power's?" (No. 9 started where MP has "ghosted" Power's car.)