Charlotte LMS Car of Tomorrow test concludes

NASCAR Concludes Two-Day Car of Tomorrow Test at Lowe's Motor Speedway Participating teams encouraged with results CONCORD, N.C. (May 31, 2006) -- For the second straight day, drivers participating in NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow test at Lowe's...

NASCAR Concludes Two-Day Car of Tomorrow Test at Lowe's Motor Speedway
Participating teams encouraged with results

CONCORD, N.C. (May 31, 2006) -- For the second straight day, drivers participating in NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow test at Lowe's Motor Speedway were impressed with how the new car handled and maneuvered on the race track.

Teams from Hendrick Motorsports (Brian Vickers), Richard Childress Racing (Jeff Burton), DEI (Dale Earnhardt Jr.), Evernham Motorsports (Scott Riggs), Joe Gibbs Racing (Denny Hamlin), Chip Ganassi (Casey Mears), and MB2 Motorsports (Joe Nemechek) participated in Wednesday's test.

"This car drives and handles pretty well," said Scott Riggs, driver of the No. 10 Valvoline Dodge. "The rear wing is going to be a big help. It gives you a lot of adjustability. We made some adjustments with the wing today that allowed us to run a lot better than yesterday.

"This was the first time I had driven this car," Riggs continued, "but now we have some good, solid fundamentals to take away from this test and take to the next one later this summer at Michigan."

Despite having the morning session pushed back due to a thunderstorm that passed through the area, the drivers spent more than three hours on the track in the afternoon, running solo and then also running three 10-lap group runs.

Jeff Burton, driver of the No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet, says he wasn't that surprised that the new car handled so well at this test.

"We've put a lot of time and effort into this new car, so we kind of expected it to run well," said Burton, who also drove the RCR Car of Tomorrow earlier this year at the Bristol test. "For the first time running the wing at a big track like this, I'd say it was a successful test."

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Director John Darby says that this two-day session at LMS should provide NASCAR with some valuable information to prepare for the next scheduled test Aug. 21 at Michigan International Speedway.

"We made some significant gains over the past two days," said Darby. "The wing is an effective adjustable part that can be used to the driver's advantage. We have some things to work on, but for the most part, they are minor things. Even though we tested on a hot race track (air temperature in the mid-90s) with hard tires, the drivers were able to achieve a comfort level and give us a lot of positive feedback heading into our next test."

The Car of Tomorrow is the culmination of a five-year design program by NASCAR's Research and Development Center. Of primary significance are safety innovations, performance and competition, and cost efficiency for the teams. The new car will begin competition in 2007 at the spring race at Bristol Motor Speedway and will race at 16 different events next season. The 2008 Car of Tomorrow implementation schedule includes 26 events. Teams will run the entire 2009 schedule with the Car of Tomorrow

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Burton , Joe Nemechek , Casey Mears , Scott Riggs , Brian Vickers , Chip Ganassi , Denny Hamlin
Teams Richard Childress Racing , Hendrick Motorsports , Joe Gibbs Racing