On Wednesday afternoon, NASCAR announced it will implement new aero changes for Kentucky Speedway during the July race.
NASCAR executive vice president Steve O’Donnell hinted at the possibility of the new changes being utilized at other tracks in the future. Depending on the results and feedback at Kentucky, it might even be used during a Chase race in the fall.
Thursday morning, several NASCAR drivers spent their off week at Richmond International Raceway for testing on the current rules package. Those drivers included Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and David Ragan.
Here are their thoughts on the new package being used and potential of it moving forward in the Chase.
“Let me start by saying I’m really excited about NASCAR taking downforce away from these cars and making the cars harder to drive. You ask if it’s too risky to do this (during a Chase race)? This whole sport is based on risk. They could show up to the race track, rip the spoilers off or change the tires. Do whatever they want as long as it’s the same for everyone, it’ll be a race and be a competition.
“I applaud NASCAR. They want to make this the best for the fans and the most fun for the drivers. And man, taking downforce off and making it harder to drive, in my opinion, they’re a third of the way to where they need to go. Just keep taking it off and keep making it better and better.”
“I think just take one step at a time. Let’s go to Kentucky first and see what happens. I like that we’re trying something different and it’s a direction that everyone wants to go. Everyone wants to get downforce off these cars and try to put more mechanical grip in them.
“Maybe that puts on a good race, maybe it doesn’t. I guess we’ll just see. It’ll be interesting to know. I feel like it’s the right direction and I think the entire garage will agree. But is it the whole way? I don’t know yet. … I think the sport realizes we need to do something to make this better. Not that the racing is bad right now … but you always want to make the sport better.”
“I think if we see some promise at Kentucky and everyone agrees that it’s good and the fans like it … then I say we run it at every track. That would be a lot easier running the same package from here on out instead of switching. I think that needs to be run at a couple of different tracks before a decision is made and needs to be tweaked on and adjusted a little bit. But I would love to see it for every high-speed, one-mile and up course.”
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