NASCAR announces Ford rear spoiler height change

On Tuesday, January 22, after the completion of the Winston Cup test sessions at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR announced a quarter-inch decrease in the Ford Taurus rear spoiler height. The decision was based on two three-day test...

On Tuesday, January 22, after the completion of the Winston Cup test sessions at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR announced a quarter-inch decrease in the Ford Taurus rear spoiler height. The decision was based on two three-day test sessions at Daytona and wind tunnel data and is effective for races at Superspeedways.

The numbers with the spoiler height change for Daytona and Talladega are:
Ford and Chevrolet 6.25"
Pontiac and Dodge 6.5"

November, 2001, NASCAR announced that modifications, if needed, would be made to the aero package to ensure equality among the manufacturers. The modifications for the Ford Taurus is allowed during further testing prior to the Daytona 500 in February.

During the first days of testing, the Ford teams were accused of sandbagging -- the best lap was set by Geoff Bodine at 182.723 MPH. Bodine's speed was 15th fastest overall.

Additional changes could still be made during Speedweeks prior to the start of the 500. Last season, prior to the Talladega 500, NASCAR made a rule change -- smaller carburetor restrictor plate -- the day before the race.

See GM Racing response.

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