NASCAR competition officials will conduct the first shakedown of the Cup Series’ Next Gen car on a superspeedway next week, with a two-day test scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway.
Officials indicated that Roush Fenway Racing’s Chris Buescher will drive the “P3” prototype at the 2.5-mile Florida track. The vehicle is scheduled for its competition debut there in the 2022 Daytona 500.
John Probst, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Innovation, said last month that the single-car test runs “will be important as we start to tune in the drag and power levels we’re going to need to run the speeds we want to run there.” Competition officials reduce the speeds at Daytona and the similar high banks of Talladega Superspeedway with a combination of engine restrictions and aerodynamic measures. Since 2018, pole-winning qualifying speeds at Daytona have been relatively level in the 194-195 mph range.
— NASCAR.com —