Thomas Chemris Pocono, PA "NASCAR officials announced today that modifications to the front air dam for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series 2001 Dodge Intrepid will go into effect beginning with next weekend's NASCAR Winston Cup event at...
"NASCAR officials announced today that modifications to the front air dam for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series 2001 Dodge Intrepid will go into effect beginning with next weekend's NASCAR Winston Cup event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
This modification will allow Intrepid teams to extend their front air dam two inches forward below the bumper from the current measurement. The front air dam is described as the area below the bumper. The bumper will remain in its standard position." (Nascar PR)
Dodge, returned to NASCAR Winston Cup after over a decade of being absent.
The Dodge teams have proved that they are a force to deal with as they came out swinging, scoring the first Pole of the season, and scoring another two in the twenty races run this year.
The Dodge teams have yet to attain their first win, and it has been speculated that the difference between the pole performances, and race performances is the Intrepid's ability to run well in traffic.
The change, will allow for greater down force, thus holding the car to the track, without sacrificing momentum, if another car takes air off the spoiler.
"It's definitely to give them help in dirty air", notes Ford driver Ricky Rudd.
Ford was given a similar advantage earlier in the season after drivers lobbied against what they felt was dominance other Chevrolet.
"I think they should just make for a standard valance for all the cars", continues Rudd, which will no doubt spark discussions on the series adopting common templates, a move that has been opposed by the automakers for years.