Altered Aero Packages Coming to Darlington, Indianapolis and Michiganby Kyle Pokrefky July 8, 2015 0 comments
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — More aerodynamic package changes are coming to the Sprint Cup Series as three upcoming races prior to the Chase will be run with an altered package.
New packages will be utilized at Darlington Raceway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Michigan International Speedway.
Darlington’s altered package will be similar to the low-downforce one used at Kentucky Speedway for this weekend’s Quaker State 400, utilizing a three-and-a-half-inch spoiler, a quarter-inch splitter leading edge and a 25-inch radiator pan.
The package to be used at Indianapolis and Michigan is being labelled as a ‘high drag’ package and will make use of a nine-inch spoiler with a one-inch wickerbill, a two-inch splitter leading edge and a 43-inch radiator pan.
The final race in the race to the Chase at Richmond International Raceway will also be run with some changes to the cars, not in the aerodynamic department, but with the tires used for the event with Goodyear bringing a new no-zone tread right-side tire to the three-quarter mile short track for use.
NASCAR’s Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer, Steve O’Donnell, reaffirmed his stance from his June 16 announcement of a new Kentucky aero package that these changes are to help put on better racing for both competitors and spectators.
“I think all of this shows that we remain committed to putting the best racing on in the world, and each of these, including Kentucky this weekend, I think shows everybody that we’ve got several components that make up a rules package each week, and they can certainly be adjusted,” O’Donnell said. “We will do that if we can do something that we believe will improve the racing for the fans at each track. We’ve worked with the race teams to ensure that they’ve been afforded extended practice time at each of the events, and we’re also finalizing the event schedules that we’ll obviously share with all of you beyond Kentucky for these events.
“So again, I think it’s an example of the industry continuing to be nimble, continuing to be collaborative in an effort to put on the best racing possible for our fans, and we’ll continue to have that dialogue as we go forward, but those are the races we wanted to talk about today in terms of what’s on the table for NASCAR with those four events.”
With these races featuring packages that deviate from the norm, extra practice time will be provided to Sprint Cup teams for each respective race weekend.
O’Donnell also stated that NASCAR is not entirely ruling out making possible aero package modifications for various Chase races.
“All options for us are still on the table,” O’Donnell stated. “Obviously we want to see what happens at each of these events. Currently these are just race-specific rules that we’re looking at, but no final decisions have been made on that.”
The low-downforce package will make its official on-track debut today in two practice sessions for Saturday’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky.
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