Greg Ives and Alex Bowman share their expectations about the upcoming NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway.
Sonoma returns to the NASCAR schedule after its absence in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In such a long time period a lot has changed in the cars, which could make an impact. However, the crew chief of the no.48 Hendrick Motorsports car Ives does not think there will be any significant change for the drivers.
“I don’t think the track is really going to have much change to it. Obviously, the biggest thing is getting the proper rubber on the race track when we start the race. (…) Once they get the rhythm, I don’t see any issue with it,” he said.
The no.48 car driver Bowman believes that the low-downforce package is going to be the aspect to watch on Sunday.
“I think the biggest difference for us is just going back with the low-downforce package. When we were there in 2019, the cars had big splitter and big spoiler and all that stuff,” he commented.
“So, going back without that, with less downforce on the car, it’s going to change quite a bit. We haven’t been to that track configuration with low downforce, so [it will be] first time through the Carousel without downforce and all that stuff.”
Bowman also admits that he has spent a lot of time in the simulator to prepare for the race.
“Just trying to predict how it’s going to go. Obviously, no practice, so hopefully, we’ll nail it right. It’s been a lot of time in the simulator to try to get it dialed in and hopefully, we’ll be solid,” he added.
Bowman will start the Cup Series race at Sonoma 7th.