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Tech Center: Gen-6 car makes strong debut

November 12, 2013, Ron Lemasters Jr., for , NASCAR.COM

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Potential tweaks during offseason could make model even better

Read more: Mobil 1 Technology Hub At the beginning of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, the excitement around the new car was nearly palpable. Lighter, racier-looking and a step up in technology, the Generation-6 car made its debut at Daytona and promptly started setting records. How many? Glad you asked. Entering the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the new car had set track records in 19 of 31 qualifying sessions this season, at tracks from tiny Martinsville to Charlotte, Michigan, Pocono, Indianapolis and Texas. And they weren't cheap records, either. All of them were more than a mile per hour faster than the previous records. As the final race of the season looms this weekend, there's a lot going on behind the scenes to make adjustments to the record-setting machine. In the everlasting pursuit of that elusive "race-ability," NASCAR and its technology team are working overtime on the aerodynamics of the new car, which are much slipperier than that of the Gen-5 car, to improve the side-by-side aspects of competition. ... Read More

Potential tweaks during offseason could make model even better

Read more: Mobil 1 Technology Hub At the beginning of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, the excitement around the new car was nearly palpable. Lighter, racier-looking and a step up in technology, the Generation-6 car made its debut at Daytona and promptly started setting records. How many? Glad you asked. Entering the s... Read More

Tech Center: The bump stops here

October 29, 2013, Kim Hyde for , NASCAR.COM

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Shock specialist valuable factor in Gordon's success

Read more: Mobil 1 Technology Hub NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitors simply can't risk a substandard shock setup. It literally can be the difference between a 30th-place finish or tasting the champagne in Victory Lane. Most teams employs at least one shock specialist who is charged with finding the right combination that will allow the car to get as low to the ground as possible without dragging the nose of the Gen-6 model. Hendrick Motorsport crew chief Alan Gustafson relies on veteran shock specialist Chris Golder to make sure Jeff Gordon's No. 24 Chevrolet SS has precise handling and comfort from Martinsville to Texas and everywhere else on the circuit. Golder, 33, grew up in Alpharetta, Ga., greasing his passion for restoring cars alongside his dad who owned an automotive repair shop. Working at the shop through high school and college, Golder says, helped him gain the majority of his mechanical knowledge and experience. ... Read More

Shock specialist valuable factor in Gordon's success

Read more: Mobil 1 Technology Hub NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitors simply can't risk a substandard shock setup. It literally can be the difference between a 30th-place finish or tasting the champagne in Victory Lane. Most teams employs at least one shock specialist who is charged with finding the right combination that will allow the car ... Read More

Tech Center: Brakes on Short tracks

August 19, 2013, Ron Lemasters Jr. , NASCAR.COM

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race cars feature three pedals, and all are important

The most important pedal, for reasons that really need no description, is the throttle. Without it, the car is a really slick static advertising panel worth a couple hundred thousand dollars. The clutch is important because it links up the 800-plus-horsepower engine to the transmission and turns it from slick advert panel to moving billboard. The third pedal, while not as sexy as the other two, is absolutely essential: the brake pedal. With Bristol Motor Speedway on the horizon, the brake pedal is going to be even more important than it already is. Richmond in a few weeks is the same way. Any short track is going to put a premium on braking, and even 1-mile tracks like New Hampshire are a brake tech’s worst nightmare. ... Read More

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race cars feature three pedals, and all are important

The most important pedal, for reasons that really need no description, is the throttle. Without it, the car is a really slick static advertising panel worth a couple hundred thousand dollars. The clutch is important because it links up the 800-plus-horsepower engine to the transmission and turns it from slick advert... Read More