Seven teams were at the superspeedway testing how the new cars will work on a restrictor plate track. The 2013 model NASCAR race car will highlight greater brand identity for the series' manufacturers and hopefully provide more exciting racing on the larger tracks that have become difficult for drivers to pass on.
All three of the sport’s manufactures were represented in the testing. Chevrolet, which will run the 2013 SS model, was supported by Richard Childress Racing's Jeff Burton, Hendrick Motorsports' Kasey Kahne and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing's Juan Pablo Montoya. Ford, which will field an all-new Fusion next season, was represented by Penske Racing's Sam Hornish Jr. and Roush Fenway Racing's Ricky Stenhouse Jr.. Toyota was represented by Joey Logano driving the 2013 Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing and Brian Vickers at the wheel for Michael Waltrip Racing.
After the testing Kasey Kahne said: “NASCAR's working really hard to make them drive better and make the races more exciting. Right there, we had five or six of us out there and it was actually pretty dicey and pretty exciting. We're definitely going in the right direction and that's great from a drivers' standpoint because we're going to be able to race and pass more, and it’s awesome from a fans' standpoint because they're going to get a much better show all the time.”
NASCAR officials were pleased with the results of the tasting as well. They analyzed the engine restrictor plates and drafting performance. Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition said: “With a different car, we'll look at what it's going to take for [restrictor] plate size and some other things, but the main concern is how the cars draft, how they react in the draft, and obviously to get more one-on-one racing. All of the input that we have from the drivers and the teams so far has been pretty good.”
The redesigned 2013 Sprint Cup car will make its debut February 24 at Daytona International Speedway with the Daytona 500, stock-car racing's premier event.
By: Buck Stevens