NASCAR updates logos and procedures for regional divisions

The latest imaging and procedures are designed to improve the touring series events next year.

NASCAR updates logos and procedures for regional divisions
NASCAR Series logos
Car of Jimmy Zacharias
2017 champion Doug Coby
Ruben Garcia Jr., Harrison Burton, Riley Herbst
2017 K&N West Series champion Todd Gilliland
2017 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine participants Nicholas Sanchez , Armani Williams and Chase Cabre look on
Alex Tagliani takes the checkered flag
Cayden Lapcevich
Michel Jourdain Jr, Jourdain Motorsports
Guillaume Deflandre

As the 2018 season is now less than two months away from starting in the Hometracks program, NASCAR has made several changes in the touring series.

The first change is an introduction of updated logos for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Pinty’s Series in Canada, NASCAR Peak Mexico Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

All five feature the new NASCAR identity mark, which was introduced in 2017 and replaced the bar mark used by the sanctioning body since 1976. NASCAR worked with its branding agency, RARE Design, on the development of these marks, which are designed to appeal to the passionate fans of the respective series, while simultaneously fitting in the larger visual identity system of the sport.

In addition to the new series branding to be used in 2018, NASCAR also released several competition updates for next season.

Some of the new updates to the series include:

• NASCAR and Goodyear will introduce a radial tire for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. Utilizing this type of tire, which is more aligned to the one used at the national series level, in place of a traditional bias-ply type, drivers and teams will be better prepared to move up the NASCAR ladder. Goodyear is the official tire of NASCAR and has had continuous involvement in NASCAR since 1954. 

•  NASCAR will update the pit procedure used for in-race breaks. Pitting will now be optional, allowing teams that elect to stay out to move up in the running order and provide for more strategic decisions. Teams that do pit during the break won’t lose positions relative to other teams that pit, and will line up on the race restart behind the teams that stay out. In addition, NASCAR will be adding additional breaks at select events, staggering them during the race at points other than halfway.

•  The Pinty’s Series will implement breaks at multiple events, other than the two races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The races have the potential to have multiple breaks, depending on the event distance. The national championship for stock car racing in Canada will also have minor updates to the cars’ bodies, including the introduction of the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang styles designed for the series and the addition of a front valance, side skirts and quarter-panel extensions for all makes.

•  The K&N Pro Series will feature longer races – with an additional 25 or more laps – at select venues. All private testing at NASCAR-sanctioned venues will be eliminated for the K&N Pro Series, with an extra practice day added before select stand-alone and combination events.

•  In keeping with the national series adjustment last year, the overtime line will be moved to the start/finish line for all events.

•  The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series has previously introduced a new classification to its series, the Nations Cup, designed to further enhance the competition by rewarding the best national teams. Medals will be awarded after each event weekend representing the three highest scoring nations. As the series celebrates its 10th season, teams and fans will see a new Camaro front bumper and smaller rear spoiler. Also, tire regulations will be restructured to allow the race winners to celebrate after the race.

The NASCAR touring series takes the green flag on 2018 with the K&N Pro Series East opener at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 11; the K&N Pro Series West starts Thursday, March 15 at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California, and the Whelen Modified Tour rolls off on Sunday, March 18 at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway.

The Peak Mexico Series opens on Sunday, March 25 at Monterrey; the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series gets underway at Valencia in Spain on April 14-15; and the Pinty’s Series will have its traditional season-opening weekend at CTMP on Sunday, May 20.

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