New NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aero Package to Debut at Kentucky Speedwayby Kyle Pokrefky June 16, 2015 0 comments
Photo Credit: Hunter Thomas
Saturday, July 11 and the days leading up to it will bring about changes for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage as NASCAR will officially debut a new aero package for the weekend’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.
Tested over the last 18 months, the new package will utilize a reduced spoiler height of three-and-a-half inches, as well as a 25-inch wider splitter extension panel that features an inch-and-three-quarters less overhang.
Also to be used with the new package, will be a Goodyear tire that boasts more grip. This new tire, however, was not designed to be specifically used with the package.
The new package is currently scheduled for use just for this year’s 267-lap Kentucky race.
The goal the new package hopes to achieve for NASCAR is to produce tighter racing and more lead changes, says NASCAR’s Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer, Steve O’Donnell.
“We’ve been very, very vigilant in talking about tighter racing,” O’Donnell said. “I think we’ve achieved that in terms of 1st to 43rd. You see that those teams are closer than ever, but we certainly want to see more lead changes on the race track.
“We’ll evaluate not only that but a number of different factors coming out of Kentucky and see what we can learn and potentially what we can implement down the road.”
As the new package is set to debut less than one month from now, NASCAR will offer teams additional practice time with the new package with Kentucky’s race weekend scheduled to start on Wednesday, July 8.
Initially discussed for use for the Sprint All-Star Race, the package could potentially be used in more races this season if it is deemed a success performance-wise following Kentucky.
As for what shelved the new package from making its debut in May’s exhibition at Charlotte Motor Speedway, O’Donnell cites an overly aggressive plan from the sanctioning body as what scrapped a potential All-Star Race rollout.
“At the All-Star Race, it was an aggressive plan and we just weren’t there at the time, but we are there now,” O’Donnell stated. “We feel like this is the best package we can put forth as an industry for the race in Kentucky and feel confident about it.”
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