NASCAR Plans Major Engine Changes
GRIMES, Iowa – NASCAR’s Sprint Cup teams will have a lot to learn when the 2015 season unfolds.
NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations Steve O’Donnell said the sport will announce changes to the cars’ engine packages prior to the May 17 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
In a Des Moines Register report, O’Donnell was quoted as saying he expects NASCAR to adjust requirements for engines, aerodynamics, downforce and tires.
The series rolled out its new Generation 6 car design last year. The chassis contributed to faster cars at nearly every track. Nineteen Sprint Cup track records fell by the wayside in 2013, but NASCAR CEO Brian France wants more passing, O’Donnell said.
“We’ve still got work to do,” he said. “Brian’s talked about (wanting) more and more lead changes. That’s the end goal.”
France and O’Donnell, the report said, hope to see more passing when they reduce the amount of horsepower in the engines.
Tires are also expected to play a major role in an attempt to emphasize more on-track competition by next season.
“If you watched last year … 50 laps into a run, 10 laps to go, nobody pits for tires,” O’Donnell said. “And if one guy did, it didn’t matter. You think, ‘Wait a minute, that’s not right.’ So tires are a big part of this as well in getting that all right.”
The sanctioning body has already notified teams of the direction NASCAR figures to go with the changes, but it hasn’t notified teams of what specific adjustments will be made.