TMS Media Relations | Dec 12, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas (December 12, 2013) - It may be more than 1,000 miles between Concord, N.C., and Fort Worth, Texas, but the expansive NASCAR Gen-6 test session Wednesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway will have a direct effect on the racing at Texas Motor Speedway in 2014.
NASCAR was back on track for one day to gather valuable data for the development of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series intermediate track package for 2014, which focuses on the 1.5-mile ovals that includes Texas Motor Speedway. Thirty race teams were on site in Concord, N.C., to confirm several changes to the Gen-6 car in an effort to improve racing at intermediate tracks next season.
“We accomplished our goal today,” NASCAR Vice President of Innovation and Racing Development Gene Stefanyshyn said. “We wanted to take the results from October and get more data and feedback that will ultimately allow us to arrive at a final set-up for our intermediate tracks. With more cars and teams here today, we were able to learn a great deal that will benefit the racing next year and beyond.”
The test included several physical changes to the car such as ride heights, splitters, skirts and spoilers that were established during the October test. NASCAR, the manufacturers and the teams worked cohesively to identify and implement each of the potential changes. The overall goal for the new package is to help promote more side-by-side racing and passing throughout each race.
“We saw progress today in terms of passing with each of the new configurations,” Stefanyshyn said. “We want to arrive at more green-flag passing at intermediate tracks next season with our new setup. From the results in October and today’s test we are very excited at the prospects.”
Stefanyshyn and team were able to test various setups on the Gen-6 car, each supported by data-driven research with specific effects. More than 140 race-replicating laps were run throughout the test that provided key data to finalize the decision on changes to the Gen-6 car.
The changes will build on a very successful rollout of the Gen-6 race car in 2013. The new car had notable gains in passing throughout the year, shattering 19 track qualifying records and guiding 17 different drivers to victory. At Texas Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch was April’s NRA 500 winner while Jimmie Johnson captured November’s AAA Texas 500.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season gets underway Sunday, Feb. 23, with the 56th annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. The series will make two stops at Texas Motor Speedway, the first coming Sunday, April 6, for the Texas 500 and then again during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup on Sunday, Nov. 2, for the AAA Texas 500.
For 2014 ticket information, please contact the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com.
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