NASCAR ‘done with development’ of Next Gen car a year from its debut

NASCAR states that “we’re done with the development” of the Next Gen cars and truck about a year prior to the automobile makes its launching.

Series authorities went over the Next Gen cars and truck, motorist approval procedure, guideline modifications and more in a comprehensive session with media members Monday.

Groups are anticipated to start getting their Next Gen cars and trucks in mid-June, stated John Probst, NASCAR senior vice president of development and racing advancement.

He stated there are Goodyear tire tests set up at Richmond, Darlington, Texas and Bristol, with the Richmond test slated for March 16-17.

Probst likewise stated producers will have 7 wheel force tests to collect information for groups this year. A test for all groups is anticipated quickly after the Oct. 10 race at the Charlotte Roval. 2 other tests are set up after the season ends in early November.

“As far as us just running the car for the sake of gathering data, we’re done the with the development of the car at this point,” Probst stated.

The Next Gen cars and truck has actually been checked 9 times:

The cars and truck is set up for its very first crash test in the 2nd quarter of this year at the University of Nebraska’s center, Probst stated.

CHAUFFEUR APPROVAL

After concerns about motorist capability in the Cup Series in 2015, NASCAR resolved its motorist approval procedure entering this season.

Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing advancement officer, stated the approving body will serve as required.

“Over our history, we’ve always had those questions,” O’Donnell stated. “I think if anything, we’re looking at the charter members as they exist. We’ve sent a note out to the teams reminding them of what we expect to be competing at the highest levels.

“If we want to market ourselves as the best drivers in the world, we need to ensure that the drivers who are out there and being approved consistently go out there and perform. If we feel like someone puts the sport at risk, we’re going to react and we have reacted.”

Stated Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice president of competitors: “We do go though a pretty stringent process (in approving drivers). We’ll work up through tracks. If a guy is questionable at all, we’ll have him do a 1-mile (track) race or whatever and watch him. We’re not going to just approve anybody for superspeedways straight off the truck.

“I know there have been some questions. I’ve asked some questions internally about our process and should it be more stringent. It’s something that we look at and take very seriously. I think that you may see some new things coming before too long. Definitely not something that we take lightly.”

GUIDELINE MODIFICATIONS

One guideline modification this year will be how NASCAR analyzes a team member behind pit wall touching pit roadway.

Formerly, if a team member behind the wall connected for a tire, lost their balance and touched pit roadway to avoid falling, NASCAR ruled that was an infraction and punished the group.

NASCAR changed the guideline (with the modification in vibrant) to state: “Crew member(s) purposely assisting (e.g. rolling tires, signboard) from the equipment side of pit road, either in the vehicle’s assigned pit box or in an adjacent pit box, may not substantially or purposely contact the pit road surface and may be counted towards the six crew member total.”

What does that suggest?

“If a guy is reaching over the wall to grab a tire, slips and puts his hand down on pit road, that is no harm, no foul,” Miller stated. “If the team dreams up a way to have the guy hanging over the wall and is out there doing something that we feel is unsafe or not in the spirit of competition, then we will call a penalty for that.”

NASCAR likewise will revive the wheel well design template to be utilized in assessment.

Stated Cup Series Director Jay Fabian: “That is one of the areas of the race car that I felt like we needed to be a little bit more buttoned up on. Certainly introducing a few more analog tools to make sure that is the shape it’s supposed to be, that’s the target. Make sure everybody is the same and we have a good level playing field for all the competitors.”

COVID PROCEDURES

NASCAR has actually advised motorists about using masks at occasions which they can be punished for refraining from doing so appropriately, stated John Bobo, NASCAR vice president, racing operations.

“It has been addressed,” stated Bobo, who supervises NASCAR’s coronavirus procedures. “We have talked to the drivers about ways they can earn penalties and teams. Not only do you need to wear a mask, you need to wear a good mask. You need to wear double the mask if you can, especially as the rate of transmission can increase with some of these variants. We’ve talked to them about the reality of Florida, as they come to Florida, and all the more reason to keep them safe. It is also their advantage to keep competing.”

On the problem of not evaluating rivals for COVID as part of the requirement prior to reaching a track, Bobo stated:

“One of the things that makes us different than other sports is a lot of sports have the ability to create a bubble and keep people in isolation for a period of time, because the people on certain teams don’t change. The number of people that it takes to hold a NASCAR race are pretty fluid and change.

“One of the decisions we made early on was to treat the event as if there were COVID-positive people among us and act accordingly. That’s why we take masking and the protocols so seriously, and do everything we can to enforce that.

“We added rapid testing toward the end of last year and we use it quite a bit. We anticipate we’ll continue to use it aggressively as needed when situations arise, and we’re contract tracing or we’re dealing with known exposures and things like that.”

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