Next Gen car set for two-day tire test at Darlington

NASCAR’s Next Gen vehicle gets on track for a 2nd successive week as Tyler Reddick takes the wheel for Goodyear tire screening Tuesday and Wednesday at Darlington Raceway.

Today’s test marks the very first look at the historical South Carolina track for the Next Gen design, which is set up for its main competitors launching in the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series. Manufacturer-specific Next Gen automobiles likewise evaluated recently at Martinsville Speedway, collecting information with wheel-force transducers. The workhorse P3 model will be utilized at Darlington.

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The two-day session likewise marks the 25-year-old Reddick’s very first drive of the Next Gen design. Austin Dillon, his Richard Childress Racing colleague, was the test chauffeur in the very first on-track shakedown for the Next Gen vehicle in October 2019 at Richmond Raceway.

NASCAR authorities suggested in a February competitors instruction that the Next Gen vehicle’s advancement phase is total which tire tests are likewise set up for Texas Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway later on this year. Authorities likewise stated that organizational tests will be held after the Charlotte Roval race Oct. 10, with 2 other sessions set up after the season concludes.

Darlington is set to host all 3 NASCAR nationwide series May 7-9 for its yearly throwback weekend, which moves to a spring date for the very first time this year. The 1.366-mile track held 3 Cup Series occasions in 2015 as the schedule moved in the wake of the COVID-19 break out. Darlington is set to host 2 frequently set up Cup Series occasions this season for the very first time given that 2004.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.