Team Penske Cup Series crew chiefs share their thoughts about the Next-Gen cars.
The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season is set to be the final one for the 6th generation of stock cars. With the new cars entering the sport next year, we have more and more details regarding them. The people, for whom the transition is crucial, are crew chiefs. That is why Team Penske crew chiefs were asked about the Next-Gen cars and how much information had they already had.
I haven’t worked with the car directly yet, just trying to follow along the testing. Obviously, we are working… It [the racing] is going to get even more competitive. I feel like it’s going to be a new challenge for usJeremy Bullins, crew chief of Brad Keselowski’s no.2 car
“I haven’t even seen the car, to be honest… We’ve seen a little bit on what’s happened in the testing. Joey [Logano] had the opportunity to drive the car at Phoenix a couple of years ago and Todd [Gordon] was a part of it as well… It’s a big change, it’s probably one of the biggest changes we’ve seen in the sport… We’ll be ready to adapt as we go and learn and understand it”, comments Paul Wolfe, the crew chief of Joey Logano’s no.22 car.
“Joey [Logano] and I went and got an opportunity to go to Phoenix in December of 2019 to work on that car a little bit with the RCR guys. It’s a completely different creature. You’re going to work on a completely different [machinery] than what we do now with independent rear suspension. It’s just a different car… It’s obviously evolved since that time [the Phoenix testing]”, reveals Todd Gordon, the crew chief of Ryan Blaney’s no.12 car.
The crew chiefs look forward to getting the opportunity of working with the new cars. The sooner they get to it, the more useful data they can gather before the start of the season, which will definitely help their drivers and cars be faster than their opponents and gain the advantage.