For the first time, the grandstands are open to NASCAR fans wanting to watch the Next Generation racecar
Erik Jones will be the next pilot of the NASCAR Cup Series Next Gen car.
The two-day test will take place at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Wednesday and Thursday. It will mark the first time the 2021 car has seen a track larger than 1-mile.
Also for the first time, the 2021 car can be viewed by the public. Both previous tests were closed to both fans and media.
NASCAR fans who’ve purchased tickets to the Dixie Vodka 400 ( March 22 ) will be granted free access to select sections of the grandstands during the test.
The 2021 car is a completed overhaul of the racecar. Still little is known about the machine.
However, we do know the car features an independent rear suspension. The aerodynamics are wildly different with the front nose being forced off the rear track.
Other unique elements include a rear defuser, larger wheels and possibly a hybrid engine.
It will be a spec chassis with a single manufacture. Every chassis in the field will be the same and the days of non-stop chassis development will come to a close.
Note that each auto manufacture will still have their unique body. To date, the Next Gen car has only been seen with a generic body. Each manufacture continues to work on their own body shape.
The car made it’s debut at Richmond Raceway with Chevrolet driver Austin Dillon in late 2019. More recently, Ford driver Joey Logano took it to Phoenix Raceway.
In the test at Phoenix, NASCAR ran a wide range of downforce packages. Some of which included a very large rear spoiler versus a tiny rear spoiler.
Erik Jones will be the first Toyota driver to turn laps in the car.
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