NASCAR Sprint Cup organizers believe the new Gen-6 car will offer better racing than its predecessor following pre-season testing.
Last year there was concern at the number of professional races and events decided by fuel mileage. But after group tests with the new car at Charlotte and Daytona, NASCAR’s vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said the new car is a “racier” machine according to data and feedback from drivers.
“We where last year’s car was. With the input that we’ve got about aerodynamics and how cars are around each other, we set out to make a car better than that. Our goal was to start better than we left the last car, and we do have better numbers on the car. I think the drivers’ confidence that they can hustle the car a little bit more will be there once they get their set-ups fine-tuned,” Pemberton was quoted as saying by Autosport.
Sprint Cup series director John Darby added that the Gen-5 car’s shortcomings in close racing have been addressed in developing the new one. According to veteran driver Jeff Burton, these changes are paying off, particularly the increase in downforce. “The better the cars are stuck in the race track, the closer the cars run to each other. Especially on big tracks, the better the grip is, the closer the action can be,” Burton said.