NASCAR is testing a lot of things – Composite bodies, spec engines, new tires
This weekend, NASCAR will be rolling out the composite bodies at Richmond Raceway. The flange fit body is a cost saving measure that NASCAR is testing for 2018.
At Richmond this weekend, it’s only an option. Though, most teams are expected to show up the track using the 2018 body.
What’s the plan going forward? Well this new composite body migrate into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series?
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Does NASCAR have plans of running a partial schedule of composite bodies in the MENCS in 2018?
Scott Miller told Sirius XM NASCAR Radio, “Well, we haven’t really gotten that far with the plan for Monster Energy Cup or the Truck Series.”
“Basically, we are looking at the project. Obviously, trying to learn. You know, the first time you do something you’re going to learn for doing it the second time. If the second time should happen. ”
“It’s really a project that most all of the Xfinity teams have thought it’s a good idea. Anything new, you’re going to have to work through. Long term, I think everybody really supports the program and kind of the ease of use. You know, repairs are easier. A lot of positives from it.”
“We’ll learn and assess where we’re going next. If we’re going anywhere next.”
It’s expected that most Xfinity teams will be using the composite body at Richmond this weekend. It’s an option, but 90% are expected to field composite cars. Scott Miller, “We’re really happy with the level of participation for something new like that. We’re really looking forward to that roll out.”
There’s a test coming up. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be testing out a spec engine. It’s a drastic cost cutting measure to help out the smaller NASCAR team.
Miller talks about the new NASCAR spec engine project, “That’s something that we’ve worked on. It’s us kind of answering the call for a lot of the teams that are struggling from a cost perspective in the Truck Series.”
“We think that it gives a legitimate, competitive option for the teams, at a really good price point.”
“The initial testing with the engine was positive. So, looking forward to this one and working out the details. Not unlike the flange fit bodies. Another thing we’re trying to be proactive on and help the team.”
New Bristol Tire Compound
NASCAR has two more upcoming tests at Bristol and Charlotte. It’s labeled a 2018 test. But’s what’s being tested?
Miller explains, “Those are tire tests. Bristol, it’s been the same for awhile. They’ve got some ideas they want to try.”
The Charlotte test is just standard procedure. They are going to be testing tires on the new Charlotte Roval.
Will Chevrolet use the new bodies in the test? Since it’s a 2018 test.
Miller comment, “You know. That’s a good question. I don’t think we’ve actually gotten that question from the manufacture or the team. [We] haven’t considered it.”
“I think everybody in that camp is excited. The fans of Chevrolet are really excited to see that debut.”
There’s a lot of moving parts in NASCAR right now.
Author: Shane Walters