Driver Reaction to Aero Package Positive, Aggressiveness Underlinedby Kyle Pokrefky June 12, 2016 0 comments
BROOKLYN, Mich. — The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’s latest experimental aero package made its race debut on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway and has received a generally positive reaction following its first race out.
Some drivers’ comments, however, had a general undertone to them that suggested the racing with the two-race package had a very aggressive feel to it.
Sunday’s race winner, Joey Logano, stated that the cars felt as if they were out of control at times, but that was part of what made the racing with them so much fun throughout the 200-lap event.
Logano went on to call the racing a potential “recipe for disaster.”
“I went down into Turn 1 the first lap, and I thought I was King Kong,” the winner said. “I drove down in there and about crashed. That didn’t work out so well. So I learned a lot from that one.
“You know, it’s just the cars are out of control. No doubt, they are out of control crazy, and it makes it a lot of fun, but you’ve got to think if you’re in that pack a little bit, you’re going faster down the straightaways, you’re getting a huge draft when cars are side‑by‑side in front of you, and you have no downforce at all, and especially when you’re three wide and your angles are off going into the corner and you’re trying to clear them, everyone is racing hard.
“It’s a recipe for disaster for sure, but I haven’t re‑watched it and haven’t seen much, but I thought the race was I think pretty good.”
Carl Edwards, one of the most vocal supporters of NASCAR’s latest move to a low-downforce standard, stated that the racing on display at Michigan was part of a continual ‘work in progress’ from the sport.
The driver of the No. 19 Subway Toyota also took note of the aggressiveness that was featured on full display on the race’s restarts.
“This is a work in progress,” Edwards stated. “I applaud NASCAR for taking downforce away and the speeds are still so high because the surface is good and the Goodyear tires are good and everybody is working hard on these cars.
“They just keep working in this direction and we’re going to keep having better and better races. Those restarts, as crazy as they were, they were actually kind of fun.”
The aero package’s next race will be the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, July 9th.
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