NASCAR: Jeff Gordon believes Gen 6 cars demand more driver skill image

Jeff Gordon believes the new Gen 6 cars that will be used this season in the Sprint Cup Series will demand more driver skill in close racing.

The Gen 6 cars will make their debut in the Daytona events, which start this weekend with the non-championship Shootout. According to testing results, the unpopular tandem drafting that that had been widely used in superspeedway racing in recent years has been eliminated. Jeff Gordon said the multi-car crash on day two of Daytona testing last month proved that things have changed for superspeedway racing.

“I think the package that they have for Daytona is going to be very exciting and a lot of fun. It’s not going to drive great in traffic and I think that’s a good thing. I don’t think we’re going to be pushing and doing all that tandem drafting like we were. It didn’t take long in testing to find out that doesn’t work very well,” Gordon was quoted as saying by Autosport.

A four-time Cup champion and a three-time Daytona 500 winner, Jeff Gordon said the drafting style will be more similar to that required in the 1990s and early 2000s. But despited the new technical package, Gordon said he still believed the decisive stages will be chaotic as usual.