This chart represents the...
This chart represents the extreme the crew went to in adjusting the car to be neutral off the corners. Note the RR spring rate. Along with that, the Panhard bar was raised, and the right truck arm was moved back 1/16 inch. The car ended up fairly neutral and ran decent lap times. We feel there may still be a problem and we will continue to search for the cause of the push off.
Other issues might have been with one or more broken shocks, bent control arms (the car was crashed at Concord and we know from experience that damage can occur in the strangest places), bent axle tubes, and more. All of those items must be checked and eliminated as problems before the car hits the track again.
Now, in hindsight, which is more clearly seen than in the moment I admit, I would suggest staying with a setup program that involves a smaller sway bar, soft/conventional spring rates, quick adjustment to the shocks to tune the transitions and a program designed to check the car between races for alignment and other mechanical problems.
The team and I have spoken about these issues and I hope it takes my advice. The funding is provided by John's family and the final decision is theirs as to what they decide to run. We can only provide guidance and support after the fact.
John told me that he is very uncomfortable with the feel of this car. Last year, he ran almost the entire year with a setup that coil-bind the right front, and the feel was much like the Kart he raced for nine years. We don't know if the difference is in a possible problem or just the type of setup. We do plan on finding out and reporting that to you. We're still checking the car out as this goes to the press, so we'll have a new report in the next issue.
We hope through the process of review and analysis, you have learned something about the process of setup and how to work out your setup balance problems. I think one of the most important lessons any team can learn is to pick a program and stay with it until it proves successful or not, as the case may be, but give it time. We are on a planned course and hope to get this car sorted out quickly.