NASCAR satisfied with progress of new Gen-6 car

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 22, 2013 at 3:12 pm •  Published: January 22, 2013
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At least one person remains unconvinced that a new car is the quick fix to NASCAR's problems: Speedway Motorsports Chairman Bruton Smith called again for slowing down the stock cars to improve the on-track product.

"If they can slow the cars down racing would be more competitive," Smith said.

France said he believes NASCAR is on the right track, based on the collaboration that went into the development of the Gen-6 car and the push to create a race car that again resembles what the automakers sell in the showroom.

"We worked a lot closer with the OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and others to do two things: To get a car that looks from a technical standpoint and a resemblance standpoint similar to what is in the showroom, and to use innovation and the research and development center to work on making sure that our promise of the closest and most competitive racing in the world is kept," France said.

France also admitted mistakes were made with the CoT, which fans and drivers both disliked. The car also was the furthest removed from the product sold in the showroom.

"You're always 100 percent accurate when you get to look backward, right?" he said. "Intended to try to make racing better, and costs were a huge thing, as they still are today. We did significantly bring costs down, and safety was a big thing, as it is now. We significantly improved that. But it would be fair to say that in doing those things, we weren't as in step as we are today with the manufacturers."

NASCAR also said it expects a new track-drying system it developed to dramatically reduce drying time after rain. The system uses compressed air and heat; France said it is designed to dry a track like Martinsville in 15 minutes and could cut the drying time at Daytona from two and a half hours to 30 minutes.

"It's going to be a spectacular thing, and all auto racing will benefit from this as we go down the road," France said.



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