New Rules Produce Familiar Result At Atlanta
Jimmie Johnson was a lonely man as he took the checkered flag at Atlanta last Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Garry Eller)
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
It was 10 years ago that Brian France summoned a small group of reporters to the NASCAR hauler in the infield of Kansas Speedway to talk about the future of Sprint Cup Series machinery. The centerpiece of the CEO/Chairman of the Board’s talk in that cramped, quiet office that day was a radical redesign of Sprint Cup cars.
The new cars, which would come to be known as the Cars of Tomorrow, featured rear-deck wings, protruding front splitters and a boxier overall shape. France explained that the purposes of the redesign were three; to increase safety, be more economical to design and build, and to improve raciness.
While NASCAR officials hit hard on the first two reasons, it was the third which, some say, was the major impetus for the introduction of the CoT.
NASCAR at the time was under seige by an invasion of engineers and flow dynamicists. The cars were no longer stock cars but purpose-built tube-and-skin fascimilies of stock cars. Read the full story »