Joe Gibbs Racing Gauges
Every NASCAR track presents its own unique challenges. Most NASCAR courses consist exclusively of left turns and straightaways, but there are a few exceptions. Sonoma and Watkins Glen have a plethora of winding left and right turns, putting more wear and tear on the transmission and brakes. Talladega and Daytona are the longest tracks in NASCAR, and cars travel at top speeds down the long straightaways, putting engines more at risk of overheating.
Adapting to the specific challenges of each race means NASCAR teams often modify their cars every week. The cars typically return from a race on Monday and are shipped out again Thursday, leaving engineers only three days to get feedback from drivers, then build, test and install new parts on the car. This process rarely gets done to the teams’ satisfaction when using traditional manufacturing, which is why engineers from Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) use 3D printing.
Kyle Busch wins Sonoma in JGR’s No. 18 M&M’s Crispy Toyota.
“We designed a modular dashboard with room for a 3D printed insert that makes it possible to provide whatever extra instrument is needed to get an edge for the next race.”
Brian Levy, Joe Gibbs Racing