What The Future Has In Store
Now that we have this overview, and admittedly it's my personal account and others may differ on the exact progression, we need to look at where all of this is going and where it will end up.

I purposely left out of my account of the past 20 years of setup development the various tricks and gadgets companies and teams have come up with as to different designs of lift arms, pull bars, trailing arms, traction control, and rear steer. The decision to continue to use those and to what degree usually works out on its own.

Here are my thoughts on where all of this will end up. It's more a wish than anything else, but then I have always been an optimist at heart. I truly believe in the common sense of the average racer. And doesn't all of this really come down to basic common sense?

As for the dirt teams, a good look at the success some of the teams have had this year and how their setups look will tell most of the experimenters that exotic is not the way to go on dirt. Consistency means having a suspension that actually works and is not bound up by shocks or rear steer or overly stiff right rear springs.

They will find that in most cases, a balanced setup with correct front end geometry including the moment center location, will out run and out last any radical deviation from that. They might want to change their driving style to help reduce driver errors and to maintain momentum that will take them to the checkered flag.

The asphalt teams will need to back off on the big bars to a more reasonable size. They will need to get off the bump rubbers and coil binding and get back to running on a suspension like race cars are supposed to do, not like a kart.

There needs to be a moving away from the obsession with aero efficiency. On a half-mile or shorter track, aero ain't that big a deal. The teams who had to use aero to help turn the car through the middle never had their front end geometry sorted out in the first place.

On the hot and slick tracks in the summer months a return to a slightly softer right rear spring in conjunction with a balance between the two ends of the car will probably produce both faster lap times as well as the consistency to win.

What we need in racing, as well as in this country, is a return to a common sense approach to our methodology. It may sound too simple and you might think that all of this needs to be complicated, but it doesn't. Just follow the simple rules we have outlined in more than 100 articles over the past eight years and you will be successful. I promise.