Tyler Reddick took to Darlington Raceway Tuesday and Wednesday to test the Next Gen car along with Goodyear tires in preparation for its 2022 debut.
“I heard how much different this car was, and I wanted to see it for myself. Darlington is one of the top 3-4 most challenging tracks we get around. It might be the most difficult.” Reddick said when asked on why he wanted to test at Darlington. “I have a good understanding of this track, and what it takes to get rubbered in and what direction to go to hopefully find us the best tire.” he added.
Reddick commented on the tire aspect of the test, “One of the obvious differences is the tire profile and the 18-inch wheels versus the 15-inch wheels we have on the current Cup car and all the other cars. Understanding that feel and knowing where the limit is on a tire with less sidewall profile, especially at Darlington which is already really hard to get a hold of.”
Brandon Thomas, Managing Director of Vehicle Systems R&D for NASCAR, had this to say on the goal of this test, “The goal is to leave here with Goodyear having enough information to make a decision on the tire for next year’s events with the Next Gen car. Day 1 has been very good. A lot of short run stuff where they can test a lot of options. Just looking towards what’s the grip level like, what’s the fall-off like, what’s the feel of the car comparatively.”