The test was called by NASCAR in order to gather data to develop the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series intermediate-track package for 2014 for the Gen-6 racecars.
“We did an initial test here in October,” said Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR Vice President, Innovation and Racing Development. “We got some information. We've been very fortunate that we've actually had a huge participation. We have 30 cars out there. We're trying to exercise all this in a real-world environment.”
NASCAR ran five different mock races, as well as several tuning sessions with cars completing single-car runs.
“It is different when you have 30 cars, or 25 cars, versus the six (from October),” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR VP of Competition and Racing Development. “It was important that we come back with a field of cars like we did. It gave us a little bit of a different view of some of the answers and has put us in some different directions that we will continue to work on.”
The test included several physical changes to the cars such as ride heights, splitters, skirts and spoilers that were established during the October test. NASCAR, the manufacturers and the teams worked together 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.”
More than 140 race-replicating laps were run throughout day to provide data to finalize the decision on changes to the Gen-6 car. The next test will occur in January at Daytona International Speedway as the series prepares for the season opening Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 23 2014.