Teams are going to have one last chance, NASCAR is hosting a final Next Gen test in Phoenix before the NASCAR Cup Series season begins next month.
NASCAR is hosting two days of testing starting today at Phoenix Raceway. Teams must test from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. One car per team is allowed for one or two car structures; two cars per team are allowed for three or four car structures. NASCAR.com will live stream all the tests on its YouTube channel.
Still a lot to learn for Larson
For defending NASCAR champion Kyle Larson, this test will be important because he had limited time in the Next Gen car.
“I haven’t been able to test it since they changed the package. For me in Phoenix, I’m just going to try to learn as much as I can in a short time. »
“The things that have changed the most are the steering, the brakes and overall comfort in the car. … I’m sure we’ll do longer stints. There’s just a lot to learn in a day and a half. »
A final key session for the championship
Kyle Busch also had limited time in the car and will use this test to further familiarize himself with the Next Gen.
“It’s about trying to do as many laps as possible. To continue to give information to the engineers and the guys working on the car to make it comfortable and find the right setup to be as fast as possible from the start of the season. »
NASCAR has already conducted official testing with the Next Gen at the Charlotte Roval (October), Charlotte Oval (November and December) and Daytona (January). NASCAR is therefore organizing a final test this week of the Next Gen in Phoenix
This week’s session is the first with the Next Gen car on a track 1 mile or less in length. This allows the teams to test the car on the track which will host the championship final in November.
“It will be interesting to see if there are several trajectories with this car on the oval. Especially in turn 3 and turn 1. I can’t wait to see what it does on a small circuit. »
said Kurt Busch.
Live video from NASCAR Next Gen testing in Phoenix: