Richmond Int'l Raceway news 2010-06-30

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES MUSCLE CARS DEBUT THIS WEEKEND IN DAYTONA; WILL ALSO RACE AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 New Ford Mustang & Dodge Challenger; Sportier Chevrolet Impala & Toyota Camry Compete in Virginia 529...

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES MUSCLE CARS DEBUT THIS WEEKEND IN DAYTONA; WILL ALSO RACE AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

New Ford Mustang & Dodge Challenger; Sportier Chevrolet Impala & Toyota Camry Compete in Virginia 529 College Savings 250

Richmond, VA (June 30, 2010)--Following months of anticipation and plenty of toning, the muscle cars are ready to flex at Daytona International Speedway this Friday. The NASCAR Nationwide Series muscle cars (Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet Impala and Toyota Camry) make their long-awaited debut in the first of four events the next generation cars will run this year--the third of which is at Richmond International Raceway on Friday, September 10, in the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 "under the lights." The new models will run full-time in 2011.

Other than the new and updated models, which are sure to catch the eyes of spectators, the main differences between the current NASCAR Nationwide Series car and the new car are the chassis and the body. The engine, drive-train, suspension and braking components will remain the same as the previous model.

With the inception of the next generation of the NASCAR Nationwide Series car, there are two major enhancements:

* Cost Containment: The new car has a 110-inch wheel-base and a NASCAR-certified chassis, which is the same as the current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car. This will allow current NASCAR Nationwide Series components to be brought forward in an effort to contain costs.

* Safety: The new car provides the same safety enhancements that are in place on the current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car and will also make more bolt-on parts interchangeable.

Modifications to the car are illustrated on the attached document and include changes to:

* Nose: the front of the car is wider than the current car; headlight area is more vertical, increasing the aerodynamic drag on the car; front bumper lines up with the rear bumper, lessening the severity of front to rear impacts.

* Cockpit: wider and taller; the driver is moved closer to the center of the vehicle, allowing a larger safety distance from the outer skin of the car; drivers have more head room, larger side windows and a taller front window for vision.

* Roof: the larger roof allows for larger roof flaps to control the car in the event of a spin.

* Spoiler: a fixed 70-degree spoiler controls rear down force; extensions may be used to adjust aerodynamic balance.

* Wheelbase: the new chassis increases from 105 inches to 110 inches.

* Steel plating and energy absorbing foam: protects the driver from side impact.

The next generation NASCAR Nationwide Series car will race at Richmond International Raceway on Friday, September 10, in the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 race "under the lights." Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased by logging on to www.rir.com or calling 866-455-RACE (7223). Friday's ticket includes Fas Mart Pole Qualifying and practice for the Sprint Cup Series and WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying and practice for the Nationwide Series. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Friday only.

The weekend concludes with "One Last Race to Make The Chase" on Saturday, September 11. Once the checkered flag flies, the field will be set for the 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. This race traditionally features some of the most exciting racing on the schedule as drivers try to race their way in to The Chase. Saturday's tickets start at $40 and can be purchased by logging on to www.rir.com or calling 866-455-RACE (7223).

-source: rir

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