Truex, Childress Voice Support for Track-Specific Aero Packagesby Kyle Pokrefky June 16, 2015 0 comments
BROOKLYN, Mich. — As potential aero package changes for the current season loom ahead of next month’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, NASCAR is also keeping an eye on 2016 with track-specific aero packages being suggested for use next season.
NASCAR’s Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer, Steve O’Donnell, made a radio appearance last week while in Europe and divulged the information that the sanctioning body is taking a look at introducing different packages for individual tracks next year.
“I think you’ll look at a little bit more of a set race package, so instead of looking at a 2016 package, you’ll look at it more in terms of putting some packages around certain tracks – not to have it be 36 individual packages, but potentially look at some lower downforce at some (tracks), look at superspeedway packages, kind of cater it to certain tracks,” O’Donnell stated.
The potential move has received support from various personalities within the sport, including three-time Sprint Cup race winner Martin Truex Jr.
“I will support whatever puts on good racing,” Truex said at Michigan International Speedway on Friday. “I think everybody is on the same page as far as that goes. We will do whatever it takes to make the racing the best we can make it.”
Richard Childress, owner of Richard Childress Racing, also pledged his support for the idea, citing the need to continue the push to better the on-track action.
“I support it 100-percent,” Childress told The Fourth Turn on Sunday. “Right now, we’ve got great racing but they’re always looking to make their packages better…
“It’s a great idea that NASCAR’s looking at that. We run different tires at different tracks. It’d be good for our sport, we’ve got different things already for different tracks so adding an aero package isn’t that much more.”
The owner of the No. 3, No. 27 and No. 31 teams in the Sprint Cup Series stated that the concept would not run up a higher-than-normal amount of expenses as teams will have already set in place their aero budgets for the season.
“We’ve all got aero budgets and it’s just where you spend it, there’s no more extra cost because we’ve already got those budgets in place, it’s just how we spend it,” Childress stated.
While Childress says the idea wouldn’t be significantly taxing financially, Truex Jr., however, stated that he wonders just how physically and mentally taxing working on so many different packages would be on individual race teams.
“I think that if you have different aero packages for different race tracks it’s certainly going to put a ton of extra strain on the teams,” Truex Jr. stated. “They are going to have to build more race cars, have more cars. I can’t imagine the wind tunnel time and the expense that it’s going to be to make all that happen to try to be competitive with each one of them.
“You can’t just pick one. You have to be good at all of it. Again, we will just have to see where it all goes.”
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