Rookie Cole Custer carried out a Next Gen Car test on Monday and Tuesday at the Dover International Speedway after the cup doubleheader there.
Speaking about this experience on the prototype, Custer said:
“The first few tests I think the biggest thing was just working the bugs out, finding out from track to track what was going to be the major issues.
“So now I feel like we’ve got all the bugs worked out, we can go run competitive lap times. Now we’re just trying to figure out kind of what generally setup wise, what’s going to make it go faster, what’s going to make it gain lap time, what’s going to be best for the long run. Right now, we’re trying to knock out big picture things setup wise.
“Overall, I feel like it’s too early to tell how it’s going to turn in or how it’s going to work in traffic. We’re too early in the development right now.”
Previously scheduled to debut in 2021, the debut was postponed until 2022 due to the crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic.
It is a positie development in the Next Gen Car testing as the testing was previously halted. It is the fifth testing of the prototype of the proposed model.
Speaking about the test, NASCAR’s senior vice president of racing innovation, John Probst said:
“Dover is one of our highest load tracks, so we want to put heat in the car and laps and mileage on the parts and pieces. Our goal is to get 500 miles on the car this test.
“The most important thing for us is to validate what we think is going to happen. It’s important that when the team adjusts the car, it responds in a manner that is predictable.”