Originally Posted by Demonpenz
I was at the race. The part of the engine that wasn't up to spec actually hurts the motors power and balance from what I read.
An engine with lighter connecting rods can accelerate faster than one with heavier connecting rods. Less rotating mass. If it was just "1" rod I don't see a big difference in acceleration speed, but all 8 rods can be very significant.
Even if it was one rod and there was no significant differences, NASCAR takes engine penalties very serious, this will hurt Toyotas reputation as well.