The sanctions panel has provided some important information about the upcoming Cup Series season. NASCAR released the rule package for most of the 2022 races and confirmed that there will be a horsepower differential on street circuits and short distances.
According to several media representatives The races of the Cup series on medium-difficulty routes are equipped with 550-hp packages with 8-inch spoilers. The races on short distances and street circuits will increase from 750 hp to just 670 hp, while the production vehicles have a four-inch spoiler. This setup will be used by the Cup Series teams during the next-gen test from October 11th to 12th at the Charlotte Roval. NASCAR has not yet announced the rules package for Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway.
NASCAR’s senior vice president of racing innovation, John Probst, told media representatives on Monday, October 11th that the Charlotte Roval lap times were “more than a second faster” than the Bank of America Roval 400 playoffs. On NBC Sports, he explicitly mentioned the wider tires, better brakes, sequential shifter and aerodynamics as key factors in this improvement.
While the two-day test at the Charlotte Roval is the largest to date, it won’t be the last time drivers will put next-generation cars through their paces before the 2022 season. NASCAR has planned several sessions on different routes for the future.
According to Jayski, riders will return to Charlotte Motor Speedway for sessions on the 1.5 mile long oval Nov. 17-18. They will then head to the Phoenix Raceway for further testing from December 14th to 15th. The fourth organizational test will take place from January 11th to 12th at Daytona International Speedway.
Probst added that there will be three organizational tests during the 2022 Cup Series season. Although the dates and locations are not solidified. A test will likely take place after the race on April 9th at Martinsville Speedway. The next one takes place at either Kansas Speedway or Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The third test could take place either on a street circuit or a short distance.
In addition, NASCAR will conduct a special dirt track test at the 0.5 mile Wythe Raceway in Virginia in preparation for the Bristol Dirt Race. Per Bob Pockrass, Stewart Friesen, driver of the Camping World Truck Series, will take over the stock car for this test to prevent the Cup Series participants from gaining an advantage.
Finally, Probst informed the media that the next-gen car will head to Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC before the 2022 season. The sanctions agency will use the famous location to prepare for the very first clash at the LA Coliseum, which will take place on February 6, 2022.
The horsepower change isn’t the only update NASCAR provided during next-gen testing at the Charlotte Roval. Josh Hamilton, Senior Manager for Innovation Communication, also clarified on Twitter that teams have the ability to incorporate Chrome numbers into their schemes. However, there will be some parameters that the teams will have to meet.
NASCAR officials must approve the chrome numbers before teams can hit the track. The reason for this is that the numbers need to stand out well from the overall scheme and be visible.
Two teams gave first insights into the chrome numbers. Austin Cindric drove the No. 21 Ford Mustang, a black stock car with chrome numbers, at the Charlotte Roval. Trackhouse Racing also unveiled a special blue and black design with the team logo and door numbers in chrome.
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