NASCAR will evaluate cars on downforce and drag following Texas Motor Speedway
Denny Hamlin drove to to the win on Sunday. NASCAR told the team to take it easy with the celebrations as they planned wind tunnel tests after the race week.
However, Denny Hamlin was not on of those cars that will be evaluated in the wind tunnel.
NASCAR announced that it was taking two cars from each manufacturer back to the wind tunnel:
The No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Martin Truex Jr., the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Erik Jones, the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet of Kurt Busch, the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of William Byron, the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford of Kevin Harvick and the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford of Paul Menard.
NASCAR does this regularly each year. It’s nothing out of the ordinary. In August of last year, NASCAR did the same thing.
The reason for the test is for NASCAR to make sure all the manufactures are still relatively close. All of the manufactures start the year close.
However, teams aren’t able to quickly put improvements into their cars during the West Coast swing. After, multiple weeks of development are installed on the car at once. That makes it the perfect time for NASCAR to see where they stand.
Next up is Bristol Motor Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway and Dover International Speedway. It’s unlikely that any of these cars will be put back into use until Kansas Speedway on May 11th.