The NASCAR Nationwide Series’ new Car Of Tomorrow is testing this week at Lowe's Motor Speedway, and the reviews are once again overwhelmingly positive.
The car was shaken down in two sessions Monday, and is back on track again today with seven teams taking part. Chip Ganassi Racing, JD Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing and two teams from Roush Fenway Racing are putting the new design through its competitive paces, and the car apprears to be a big ht so far.
“It seems like it has a little more front downforce,which makes it turn real well," said Carl Edwards at the end of Monday's afternoon sesion. "It's nice to have a car that turns like that."
JGR driver Joey Logano said, “The body styles are kinda cool on them. I think they're different, and (they) look a lot like the street car, which is pretty neat." NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said he also likes the look of the new car, while stressing that the manufacturers have still not submitted their final body specifications.
Pemberton revealed for the first time yesterday that the new car will not make its competitive debut until the 2010 season. NASCAR had originally planned to introduce the car as soon as next August, but revised their timeline after teams balked at the cost of switching their entire inventories on such short notice.
Pemberton said, "In talking with the teams, we think it’s better for development to have a series of tests during 2009. We’ll continue to talk with them and get it out there as early as possible.”
Pemberton also said there will be no rule changes to the Sprint Cup Series cars next season.