New aerodynamic package for super speedways

Motorsport.com - Approximately 100 team owners, drivers and crew chiefs met today at the Joe Gibbs Racing shop with NASCAR to talk about possible changes to the current super speedway aerodynamic package. The open forum session lasted three...

Motorsport.com - Approximately 100 team owners, drivers and crew chiefs met today at the Joe Gibbs Racing shop with NASCAR to talk about possible changes to the current super speedway aerodynamic package.

The open forum session lasted three hours. By all accounts the meeting was extremely useful with an apparent consensus on a starting point for modifying the cars so they handle well on tracks like Talladega and Daytona, but do not bunch up so that there is the "big one" crash.

The following changes will be made to the cars:

* The rear spoiler on all car makes will be reduced from its current 70-degree angle to 55 degrees, and will no longer include a wicker bill. All spoilers will be a standard 57 inches wide.

* The openings in the carburetor restrictor plate will remain 7/8 inches.

* The roof blade, instituted last fall at Talladega deflector, will be removed.

NASCAR will have the teams during the testing of the new package tweak the height of the rear spoilers and the ground clearance of the front valence. Final decisions on the height of the rear spoiler and front air dam will be made at this time. The these will be determined on a make and model basis in order to balance the cars.

Many of these changes were tested in August at Talladega but the decision was made not to require them for the October event.

Both Ford Racing drivers and Pontiac Racing drivers are positive on their take of today's meeting.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing