Atlanta to repave and reconfigure 1.5-mile track

Atlanta Motor Speedway is lastly getting repaved.

The inescapable was revealed on Tuesday as Atlanta stated that Sunday’s race at the track will be the last on the existing pavement. Atlanta was last repaved in 1997 and has actually been pressing off brand-new asphalt for as long as possible.

The repave likewise comes with a reconfiguration. The 24-degree banking in the corners will be raised to 28 degrees to make Atlanta the steepest 1.5-mile track in NASCAR. The corners will likewise be narrowed from 52-feet broad to 40-feet broad. 

“As Atlanta’s racing surface has aged, we’ve challenged ourselves to reimagine what NASCAR racing at an intermediate track can be,” Speedway Motorsports president Marcus Smith stated in a declaration. “With high banks in the turns, narrower width and new pavement technology, Atlanta will be unlike any other mile-and-a-half track on the circuit. It’s all new for 2022 and this will be specifically designed for close, competitive racing.”

NASCAR didn’t avoid the expectation-setting either. 

“Our partners at Speedway Motorsports have reprofiled Atlanta Motor Speedway to optimize the racing with the Next Gen car, and early simulations suggest the racing will be closer and even more competitive,” NASCAR vice president Steve O’Donnell stated.

There’s some severe embellishment in Smith’s remarks and it’s tough to take anything stated about the future racing item seriously. NASCAR and Atlanta stated that it had actually teamed up with engineers and iRacing over the previous months to run simulations for a competitive track redesign. 

However here’s the catch — you understood there was a catch, right? Groups do not have any brand-new automobiles for the 2022 season. Next season marks the launching of NASCAR’s brand-new Cup Series automobile which automobile is still being determined. Groups have actually not begun to construct their own automobiles or perhaps do prevalent screening. There’s no genuine hint how the automobile is going to race at the minute. While Atlanta and NASCAR have tickets to offer and enjoyment to create about the brand-new track, making forecasts about the racing item verge on irresponsibility.

At the minimum, NASCAR and Atlanta are setting themselves up for a failure of their own making if the racing does not right away measure up to the lofty expectations that are being developed.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.