Brad Keselowski rarely has a problem being honest, but he might have a problem with NASCAR after the Penske Racing driver ripped the sport's switch to Electronic Fuel Injection, which will be in place at the start of next season.
Keselowski, speaking Tuesday at a NASCAR Hall of Fame question-and-answer session with fans, told the crowd he was "not a fan of (EFI) at all" and said it was nothing more than a marketing scheme.
"Because of all the green initiatives, the sport has taken a lot of flak from different groups..." Keselowski said. "I think they've been pressured into (switching to EFI) by the green initiatives. But in reality, it's no more efficient than what we have, and it costs a lot more money."
After his Q&A session, Keselowski met with a group of reporters who followed up on his comments. Not surprisingly, the oft-blunt driver didn't back off from his position in the slightest and indicated he would have preferred NASCAR stick to carburetors.
Keselowski said the switch to EFI was "absolutely" being made for public relations purposes.
"We're not doing this because it's better for the sport or better for the teams," he said. "I don't even think we're really going to save any gas.
"It gives them something to promote. And we're always looking for something to promote. But (the) honest answer is it does nothing for the sport except cost the team owners money."
In addition to the added cost, Keselowski said he's found the EFI car has less throttle response and the difficulty in starting the engine is bothersome.
Told NASCAR will likely be upset with his comments, Keselowski acknowledged the possibility of an angry phone call.
"I'm sure I will (get a call)," he said. "But that's the honest part of it. I think it's a disaster."