...and the ability to run multiple lines on the track without the need for groove glue...the ability to pass without the negative effects of aero dependency...IMO you have better racing when you have significant off throttle time. Generally reducing horsepower is not the way to accomplish that.
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C'mon man. The character of racing didn't shift with introduction of the Gen 6 car, much less be *caused by* the Gen 6 car. You've been asserting this red herring argument about Gen 6 for years without a shred of evidence to support your claim.
The Gen 6 car is a minor body change from the Gen 5 COT, mainly front end styling cues per manufacturer. Each manufacturer's body tweaks gave the same downforce and drag as the COT. Same engine, same chassis, same suspension. Downforce and drag are "tuned" by the splitter (including radiator pan) and rear spoiler to create the "aero package du jour" plus tapered spacers since 2015 and aero drag ducts since 2019.
In fact a COT chassis raced at Martinsville last weekend. Over the years, it has worn many different splitter/spoiler combos, and since 2015 a tapered spacer. These are the factors that have affected the racing year to year... as well as the overall macro trend of ever greater engineering inputs by team personnel.
Oh, yeah, one more thing about the Gen 6 car... a digital dashboard. Very highly touted, because Gen 6 really was a nothingburger when introduced in 2013 except for the styling visuals on the front ends.
Yeah, Brad is happy that 2020 rules for *short tracks* (750 HP with low downforce) have dramatically improved the quality of racing compared to what we had last year. Loudon was genuine big boy racing.Keselowski makes it clear where he stands.
I wouldn't be surprised if they do try it, but the problem is they have rules in place that say they can't make any big changes to the car without a long lead time to give the teams time. Personally, New Hampshire came about because of a lot of factors. It was cooler so they had better grip, they had a decent tire for once, they got the PJ-1 in the right places for a change and that opened up the track for passing. The curve ball of no practice or qualifying created it own set of circumstances. A couple of three teams hit on the setup, more luck than skill with the weather temps and the PJ-1. That created more cautions and restarts for the ones that didn't hit which is always good to keep the single file parade that track produces to a minimum. That did show up the last 50 laps. Many more short tracks left to use that package and I hope they get all of those factors to work together, Tires, track prep, and no practice.I still don't understand why they're running the 550 motor/high downforce package at Darlington, Homestead, and Atlanta. If they're really going to stick with the 550 motor, I would like for them to at least try the low downforce with it and see what happens on the 1.5 miles tracks.
A good way around that would be to go to the low d/f with the 550. Goodyear can't or won't build a decent tire for some reason.drivers and fans complementing higher horsepower?
NASCAR is sure to announce a full season of low horsepower and rock hard tire combo here soon.
This certainly stood out:
“The 750 package is a lot of fun,” Logano said. “There’s a lot more that the crew chief and the driver can really add to everything. It’s not a chaos restart at the end and something crazy happens that is unexpected. You’re not going to get that at 750.
“The good drivers and good race teams are going to win. That’s the bottom line. They’re challenging to drive. You’ve got to use both feet. You go to Kansas (with the 550-horsepower package) and all you’ve got to use is the right foot, so (the 750 package) gives a driver more tools to work with. You’ve got to think things through more. It’s not balls to the wall all day long, pushing as hard as you can on the repave and not paying a penalty.
“You come to these short tracks and there’s a penalty for riding the brake. There’s a penalty for pushing too hard on a short run compared to a long run. You’ve got to think more.”
They are getting a wider and taller tire, a lighter car, a more balanced car with the transaxle out back along with IRS in the rear. I have no idea how it will turn out.I think they are hell-bent on 550 HP engines for NexGen, in the interest of costs and it supposedly being the most appealing option to prospective OEMs. I don’t see them wavering on that. In conjunction with less downforce and less sideforce that could work. The quarter panels on the test cars they’ve run are already substantially smaller than the Gen-6 so that’s a start.
Lets bring back the single file racing where Logano and a handful of others have all of the advantages and the others have even less of a chance. I see his point. Logano finished 35th at Kansas. He got beat by Dillion and Reddick the week before.This certainly stood out:
Racing-Forums experts will tell you that Tony Stewart has no idea what he’s talking about
Well said. Short and sweet.