Denny Hamlin, “I’m speaking in past tense of the TRD car. RIP.”
The NASCAR Next Gen car is a spec chassis. It’s designed to drastically reduce development costs while also leveling the playing field.
Last week, NASCAR began distributing the NASCAR Next Gen car to teams. However, some testing is still taking place.
Earlier this week, the Next Gen car unloaded at Texas Motor Speedway for a wheel transducer test. A Ford, Chevrolet and Toyota car were in the test.
Sensors are installed on the wheels and all over the car. The sensors collect data from the air.
The Toyota didn’t make it back.
Denny Hamlin tweeted, “I’m not grammar police. I’m speaking in past tense of the TRD car. RIP.”
Bob Pockrass grabbed a statement from Toyota, “there was an issue with our car yesterday at testing in Texas”
Drew Herring was the driver of the Toyota machine. He appears to be ok after the crash.
Justin Allgaier drove the Chevy. David Ragan drove the Ford.
In the recent race at Texas Motor Speedway, many drivers struggled with the PJ1. Many trucks and cars crashed throughout the race weekend when they ran in the sticky lane, before it was sticky. It takes heat to activate the sticky substance, before then, it’s the opposite of a grip lane.
Previous crash test
Last month, NASCAR hosted a crash test at Talladega Superspeedway.
The car was fitted with a dummy and driven by a robot. Rumors began to circulate that the dummy had died.
“Preliminary review of the dummy data from the test indicates good and comparable performance when compared to other right frontal dummy data (non NG). There is still a lot more analysis to be completed and that has started. Worth noting, that through all testing (sled and full vehicle) the dummy itself has functioned nominally.”
NASCAR sent the data to an independent panel where the data was approved. They also noted that the rumors about the test could have been prevented with better communication on their end to the drivers.
The NASCAR Next Gen car will make it’s debut in 2022.
From the test, video has also surfaced featuring one of the first videos with raw sound of the machine. Exhaust on both sides have changed the sound of NASCAR.
The sound has drawn different opinions…
Meanwhile, Ty Gibbs is focused on more important things. Such as the car not lifting on a 1.5-mile track…