France: NASCAR To Bring Innovation In-House
NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France addressed a series of topics on Saturday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Christa L Thomas)
By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CONCORD, N.C. – For NASCAR’s first five decades, innovations and technology in the sport primarily came from the race teams, but now those items will originate at the sanctioning body’s Research and Development Center in Concord, NASCAR Chairman Brian France said Saturday.
“We’re going to use a lot more science than art in establishing the very thing that matters most, which is safety, of course, but also putting ourselves in a position to have the closest, tightest competition possible,” France said.
France noted that was the reason Gene Stefanyshyn was hired last month as NASCAR’s vice president, innovation and racing development.
In Saturday’s press conference at Charlotte Motor Speedway, France said NASCAR wasn’t looking for more speed in the cars.
“The R&D Center works on all kinds of things that aren’t necessarily just creating the best rules package, including aero things that keep the car on the ground,” France continued. “Innovation is going to be a big area to us. You’ll see us announce different companies that are going to come in. This is a place to validate lots of things with technology. You’re going to see us embrace technology, embrace innovation so long as it can make the racing tighter, better and safer.”
France said he believed the quality of racing with the Gen-6 car could be improved.
“We want to see a more fair balance where the best drivers and the best teams on a given night who race just a Read the full story »