NASCAR has laser inspection issues

NASCAR experienced issues on Sunday morning with its new laser inspection platform, which measures cars at the track.

The software problem had most of the Daytona 500 qualifying field backed up outside of the inspection bay for more than an hour before officials elected to return to the manual route.

"Early this morning, we experienced start-up issues with the laser inspection platform … but the two systems parallel each other," NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said. "We’re working through those things right now. Inspection went along fine. We got qualifying started on schedule, and hopefully we can have it back up and running the next time we need to use it.

"It is a new system. We put it through a lot of testing late last year — as a parallel test at Talladega, Martinsville, Charlotte. It’s been at the R&D Center. Teams have used it. Sometimes you experience these things with a new device. We’ve got good people working on it that know what they’re doing. Hopefully we’ll get resolved sooner than later."

The laser inspection platform was developed to simplify the process of examining the new Generation 6 cars prior to competition. Several teams, including the Nos. 5 and 24 Chevy SS cars from Hendrick Motorsports, were forced to make changes to their cars before passing inspection.