NASCAR prez Steve Phelps on Next Gen Car: “That car is going to be a game changer.”

Listen to what NASCAR President Steve Phelps had to say about the Next Gen NASCAR stock car…

Steve Phelps: “Yeah, I think before the pandemic we were in a situation where that it was going to be tight to get the next gen car out for February of ‘21, but we would’ve made it. But with the pandemic there were facilities that were just shut down so we couldn’t get pieces and parts and we couldn’t do the testing that we want to do. So we had to delay it a year. I, for one, was disappointed. I believe that car is going to be a game changer for us on a lot of fronts. One, I think the styling is going to be phenomenal. The engineers have worked really hard to reduce kind of that bubble that exists between two cars, the leading car and the car in second, and then on the way back, you know, kind of that dirty air. And so I think that we’ll have even more passing, more passage for the lead. I think it’s going to be a game changer for us. And I think the economics of the car are going to be advantageous for the race teams as well. So lots of wins with what that new car is going to look like. And then obviously all the safety features that have been built into the existing cars, but then also keeping those things and even improving on that as well. So I’m excited about it. We’re on schedule. You know, John Probst and his team, working with OEMs, working with race teams, have done a really, really fantastic job. And it’s going to be exciting when that rolls out in the Daytona 500 in 2022.

To listen to the whole interview (courtesy of SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)….

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