The seventh-generation NASCAR Cup Sequence automobile, the Subsequent Gen automobile, will probably be formally unveiled on Wednesday, 5 Could. On the reveal in Charlotte, North Carolina, the three producers Chevrolet, Ford, and Toyota will current their particular physique designs for the automobile forward of their début in 2022.
Within the meantime, Tyler Reddick participated in a two-day Goodyear tyre check at Darlington Raceway wherein he piloted the Subsequent Gen automobile. Formally the P3 prototype and that includes a generic physique like earlier check vehicles, the automobile finally ended the session with some scrapes after Reddick brushed the wall. However, the check labored to offer Goodyear with tyre knowledge in preparation for 2022.
“The objective is to depart right here with Goodyear having sufficient data to decide on the tyre for subsequent yr’s occasions with the Subsequent Gen automobile,” mentioned NASCAR R&D supervisor Brandon Thomas previous to the second day of testing on Wednesday. “Day 1 has been excellent. Numerous quick run stuff the place they will check plenty of choices. Simply trying in the direction of what’s the grip degree like, what’s the fall-off like, what’s the texture of the automobile comparatively.”
Subsequent Gen exams have taken place at a wide range of circuits equivalent to quick tracks (Austin Dillon at Richmond in October 2019 and Bubba Wallace there in March), one-mile ovals (Joey Logano at Phoenix in December 2019 and Cole Custer in August 2020), 1.5-mile ovals (Erik Jones at Homestead in January 2020), superspeedways (Chris Buescher at Daytona in December 2020), and infield highway programs (Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr. on the Charlotte Roval in November 2020). Reddick’s check marked the automobile’s first on the famed egg-shaped Darlington. IMSA staff Motion Categorical Racing has additionally contributed to the testing course of with their very own session on the Daytona Highway Course final August, together with offering a automobile for the Roval check.
“I heard how a lot totally different this automobile was, and I wished to see it for myself,” Reddick mentioned. “Darlington is among the high three to 4 most difficult tracks we get round. It is perhaps probably the most tough. This monitor in turns one and two is totally different than three and 4. I actually wished to get to drive this automobile and see what this factor’s like at a monitor that I’m comfy at. I’ve an excellent understanding of this monitor, and what it takes to get rubbered in and what route to go to hopefully discover us the perfect tyre.
“One of many apparent variations is the tyre profile and the 18-inch wheels versus the 15-inch wheels we have now on the present Cup automobile and all the opposite vehicles. Understanding that really feel and understanding the place the restrict is on a tyre with much less sidewall profile, particularly at Darlington which is already actually laborious to come up with.”
Thomas added, “Once we sit down with Goodyear, they actually laid out a set of tracks they wished to check at. What makes a monitor vital to Goodyear is the loading and the relative roughness of the floor and in addition, to a level, how that floor displays different surfaces on our schedule. While you come to a monitor like Darlington, the place tyre falloff and loading is similar to a monitor like Homestead, this monitor doesn’t give them every thing they should learn about Homestead, however provides them a route of what might work there.”