NASCAR schedules test day at Charlotte
October 07, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Sprint Cup teams to fine-tune, develop intermediate-track rules
NASCAR announced Monday that it will hold a Sprint Cup test at Charlotte on Monday, Oct. 15. Cars will be on the track from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. ET, and the goal will be research and development on the circuit's mile-and-a-half track rules package.
Before this season, NASCAR and its manufacturer partners implemented the Generation-6 car, which contained a number of stylistic elements designed to strengthen the ties with respective passenger models. The vehicle also featured new performance characteristics including higher rear grip and lighter overall weight, which has translated into record speeds at many tracks.
Next week's test will continue the development of that platform on intermediate tracks. Officials said that aerodynamic enhancements, chassis ride heights and drafting scenarios would be among the components to be tested.
"They have a couple of wickers that they're going to put on the car, and they have a much larger spoiler that they're going to try. I haven't seen everything, but until you go try the stuff on the track, it's hard to give your opinion," Jamie McMurray said last week at Kansas Speedway.
"I like the idea that they're trying, and they're trying some, I would say, off-the-wall ideas and stuff that you would think would never happen in NASCAR. So it will be interesting after that test to see how that works out, and try all the ideas that they have."