Kyle Larson was fast in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series testing at Atlanta Motor Speedway today, trailing only Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates teammate Jamie McMurray on the speed charts, at over 191 mph in Round One of a two-part test.
Surprisingly, Larson said off-season rule changes mandated by NASCAR have not made a significant impact on the feel of his No. 41 Target Chevrolet
“The car really didn’t drive much different here than it did with the old rules package,” he said. “The characteristics between the way the cars handled were about the same. The track had a lot of grip at first, so that is why Jamie and I were both up there. It was fast.
“I hope we can carry this speed on throughout the rest of the weekend and the rest of the year.”
Larson also said he felt little difference in speed today, despite changes under the hood that have dramatically reduced horsepower.
“I really didn’t notice anything,” he said. “I thought it still came up to speed pretty well. Maybe it doesn’t carry to the end of the straightaway as hard as it did before, but we have less downforce too. It still feels fast. Maybe once we get to Michigan or a track where we will probably run even more wide open… we will notice more.
“I really didn’t notice much difference between this year versus last year.”