NASCAR Taking Six Cars To Wind Tunnel

NASCAR Taking Six Cars To Wind Tunnel

NASCAR is taking six cars to the wind tunnel this week to study data that will be provided to the series’ three manufacturers and to conduct engine audits.

The testing comes after Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway which featured a win by Kevin Harvick. Incidentally, Harvick was unable to celebrate the victory with a burnout because of the testing.

The sanctioning body selected two cars from each manufacturer; Harvick’s No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford and the No. 2 Team Penske Ford of Brad Keselowski; the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Austin Dillon and No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of Chase Elliott; and the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Kyle Busch and No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Denny Hamlin.

“We try to find a track obviously where aero’s going to play a bigger role, so we took six cars – two from each OEM – and they’ll be in the wind tunnel,” NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell said on SiriusXM Monday morning. “And our process is to share (data) that with the OEMs and the race teams. It’s a good barometer for us for two things — to make sure we’re still in that box set for the current year and probably most importantly, we look to lock in 2019, that the baseline that we’re using matches up with all the data that we have in the system.

“So, it’s a good check on both for not only ’18, but future race packages as well.”

NASCAR also took six cars into the wind tunnel after the race at Texas Motor Speedway in April. Elliott, Harvick and Busch were also included in that selection, along with Jamie McMurray, Joey Logano and Erik Jones.

Source: https://performanceracing.com/news/nascar-taking-six-cars-wind-tunnel

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