NASCAR announced a change coming to the aerodynamics package teams use at the short tracks and road courses on NASCAR’s Cup Series schedule.
Alan Cavanna says “the changes will include ‘a 2-inch spoiler and the removal of three diffuser strakes and engine panel strakes, will lead to a 30% reduction in downforce.'”
What You Need to Know:
- NASCAR is reducing the downforce on the Cup Series cars for short tracks and road courses.
- The changes will not affect the package for Bristol or Dover.
- Fans have been looking for changes to the racing product on short tracks since the Next Gen car was introduced.
Around the Garage
The technical aspects of the changes peaked fans’ curiosity so Stewart Haas’ Brian Murphy and Legacy Motor Club’s Bozi Tatarevic took to Twitter to give inside info on what the changes really are and what effect they will have.
Murphy breaks down the aero components of the package and what pieces are eliminated with the changes.
Bozi takes the news and discusses the effects on the racing.
Murphy voiced his excitement for the change.
The graphics and explanations from the mechanics when NASCAR announced the changes helped fans understand the moves, but the pictures from RFK once the two inch spoiler was installed showed just how small the part was.
From the Officials
Cavanna relayed comments from NASCAR’s John Probst.
In the Stands
Fans celebrated the news with anticipation for improved racing at the affected tracks.
Rich sees the change helping with dirty air.
Less dirty air means closer racing and more green flag passing. If the changes accomplish their intended purpose, fans are in for improved racing.
Fans are hoping the lower downforce adds to the racing action at short tracks so NASCAR will expand the package to intermediate tracks as well.
One fan says the measures aren’t enough.
Luke won’t have to wait long for his question to be answered.
Speed matters to fans as they wait with bated breath to see how these changes affect the racing.
From the Pressbox
Commentators Steve Letarte and Todd Gordon analyzed how the new package would affect cars starting at Phoenix.
The usually numerical based Auto Racing Analytics had a more subjective “analysis” of the tiny spoiler.
Bob Pockrass shared some thoughts from his discussions around the garage about the new aero package and more.