More than 10,000 Fans See NASCAR Cup Series ‘Next Gen’ Test Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway
Fans Got a ‘Free’ First Look of Most Anticipated Cars in the History of the Sport, Which Make Points Debut in Feb. 20 DAYTONA 500
DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Jan. 11, 2022) – More than 10,000 anxious and excited fans were at Daytona International Speedway Tuesday to see first-hand NASCAR’s new ‘Next Gen’ cars in preparation for the Feb. 20 DAYTONA 500.
During the first of a two-day test session, nearly 20 NASCAR Cup Series teams took advantage of the track time, which began at 12 Noon and finished under the lights at 8 p.m. Fans, who were admitted ‘FREE’ into the venue, witnessed the machines that will bring the ‘stock car’ look back to NASCAR with tight, pack drafting and single car runs.
Five former DAYTONA 500 Champions were on hand – Denny Hamlin (2016, 2019, 2020), Austin Dillon (2018), Joey Logano (2015) and Michael McDowell, along with two-time DAYTONA Champion Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who was testing for Hendrick Motorsports. Some of the others included former Coke Zero Sugar 400 Champions’ William Byron, Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., along with Brad Keselowski, Daniel Suarez, Austin Cindric and Harrison Burton.
Fans were able to see the cars on the track from both Frontstretch seating at the Axalta Injector as well the infield UNOH Fanzone. Wednesday’s test will be closed to the public.
The Next Gen car, a collaboration of the brightest engineering minds in racing and the automotive industry, is designed to give the drivers greater control. It will put an emphasis back on race strategies, team personnel and vehicle setups while returning the ‘stock car’ look to NASCAR with the new Toyota TRD Camrys, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1s and Ford Mustangs. The cars, which were designed to look like the models available to fans in showrooms across the country, will utilize the latest technology to maximize performance, improve safety and provide incredible racing for fans.
During DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth events, the Next Gen cars will hit the track in full competition on Thursday, Feb. 17 during the Bluegreen Vacations Duel at DAYTONA qualifying races.
For ticket information on the 2022 DAYTONA 500 and the Bluegreen Vacations Duel races, as well as other Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth events log onto www.DAYTONA500.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.