John Gilbert Staff Editor
February 17, 2016

Out on the track running at breakneck speeds, there are not a whole lot of things for a NASCAR driver to do but drive. What’s the cure for boredom? A digital dash gauge cluster with 16 viewing options.

Last season the powers that be at NASCAR announced that teams would be going to a digital dash in 2016. While teams had the option to utilize it starting in August 2015, it is now mandatory. The new technology has been implemented to provide drivers, teams, and fans more precise information about the car.

Ford Performance produced a video featuring Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola, crew chief Trent Owens, and director of engineering Scott McDougall that highlights the benefits of the digital dash.

Aric Almirola, driver of Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Smithfield Fusion, had this to say about the new digital dash cluster: “When I first started late-model racing the only thing I had in my race car was a tach, a water temperature gauge, and an oil pressure gauge. I think the digital dash is really cool. It’s making the inside of our race cars look a lot more like the street car, and I think it’s time. The analog gauges are a thing of the past, and it’s right for our race cars to do the same.”