Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - NASCAR has high hopes that its new Gen-6 car
will increase the competition in the Sprint Cup Series for the 2013 season.
During a news conference on Tuesday, NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France said
he was quite confident the Gen-6 car will improve competition and provide more
exciting racing for the fans. The car will make its debut in the Feb. 16
Sprint Unlimited (pre-season, non-points race) at Daytona International
Speedway. The season-opening Daytona 500 is scheduled for Feb. 24.
France also noted how NASCAR will measure the success of the car throughout
"I think we'll measure it by lead changes, we'll measure it by how it races,
we'll measure it by how the drivers feel about it, and knowing that not
everybody will always love every rules package or thing that we do, that's for
sure, but we'll look at it very simply," he said.
France explained the concept of the car was started a few years ago and has
gone through an unprecedented amount of collaboration among NASCAR, the teams,
the auto manufacturers and the racetracks.
Each of the three auto manufacturers in NASCAR's top series -- Chevrolet, Ford
and Toyota -- have designs on its current cars that are considerably different
from the previous ones (the Car of Tomorrow) used in the sport from 2007-12.
Sprint Cup teams have tested the car at Daytona and Charlotte Motor Speedway
this month. Drivers such as reigning series champion Brad Keselowski and
three-time titleholder Tony Stewart have praised it.
"We've been highly encouraged by the results that we've seen at the tests at
Daytona and Charlotte earlier this month, and are optimistic that not only
will the cars look great, we believe they will race great," NASCAR vice
president of competition Robin Pemberton said during the news conference. "The
teams have been doing a great job getting their cars ready. The drivers have
provided excellent feedback.
"I really believe we're going to see some of the most competitive, intense and
exciting racing that we've seen in quite some time. We're excited about the
direction we're headed with our competition."
NASCAR also laid out its plans for a new track-drying system this season. The
system will significantly reduce the amount of time required to dry a
racetrack, depending on its length.
"We'll be debuting our first cycle, our first generation of this track-drying
system, which is pretty interesting, and we also are going to do it in a much
more green, carbon-emission friendly way," France said. "So what that means is
obviously when you're at the track, we're going to be able to dry Martinsville
(0.526-mile oval) off in 15 minutes. It's going to be a spectacular thing, and
all auto racing will benefit from this as we go down the road."
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