Next Gen car feedback on Charlotte oval “wasn’t as good” as Charlotte Roval, according to John Probst, NASCAR’s senior vice president of racing innovation.
NASCAR resumed its Next Gen car testing in a two-day test. Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr. took part in the test that took place on Monday on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval course and on Wednesday on the oval.
However, the feedback from the oval didn’t turn out to be as good as in the roval, said Probst.
“It’s been a long three days at Charlotte – it started Monday with the road course test which we felt went really well. Both drivers were very complimentary of how the cars handled with the increased brakes and sequential shifter, it was pretty much anticipated that they’d like that over what we had (Wednesday).
“Feedback (Wednesday) frankly wasn’t as good as it was on the road course. We collected a significant amount of data from the last three days that we’ll start going through (Thursday) morning at the R&D Center. We’ll figure out what modifications we need to make.
“We’ll enlist the help of our OEMs and teams to help us make the right decisions here as we finalize the design of this car in the next few months.”
Probst praised Busch and Truex for doing a phenomenal job of testing the Next Gen cars.
“Anytime you get the opportunity to have somebody like Kurt and Martin in the car – veterans that have driven not just the current car, but previous generations – they provide a good historical perspective for you,” Probst said.
“It’s always good when you can get veterans in the car that you can use as a guidepost to keep you going in the right direction. They did a phenomenal job for us; we couldn’t ask for anything more.”