NASCAR is taking downforce levels back to the mid-90s
Ahead of the 2022 season, NASCAR launched the Next Gen car. Fans will mostly agree that the product on intermediate ovals saw a massive improvement. However, the same product on road courses and short tracks saw a massive decline.
For 2023, NASCAR has just announced changes in an attempt to fix the package for most short tracks as well as road courses. The package will make it’s debut at Phoenix Raceway.
NASCAR recently hosted a test at Phoenix Raceway. Multiple configurations were attempted. The package selected was the one most drivers preferred.
However, tracks such as Dover Motor Speedway, WorldWide Technology Raceway and Bristol Motor Speedway will not use the low downforce package.
“That basically adds up to about a 30% downforce reduction,” Dr. Eric Jacuzzi told NASCAR.com. “We’re now in a downforce level we haven’t been at since pre-2000s for sure — like mid ’90s.”
NASCAR Low Downforce Package
– 2″ rear spoiler (Reduced from 4″)
– Removal of three diffuser strakes, engine panel strakes and diffuser outer fencing trimming
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NASCAR Low Downforce
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course)
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