Christopher Bell Expresses his Excitement After NASCAR Next Gen Tyre Test

Published 08/20/2021, 11:20 AM EDT
Feb 21, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Christopher Bell (20) leads the field during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season will soon be upon us, bringing the Next Gen cars with it. Already, the cars have broken cover earlier this year and been revealed to the public. However, the officials are continuing with their tests to ensure that the cars are race ready by 2022. The latest in-season test is a tyre test with Christopher Bell behind the wheel.

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It is worth mentioning that the venue for the tyre test was the Bristol Motor Speedway. Additionally, the Next Gen car is also known as the Gen-7 car and the sport has worked hard on it in the last couple of years. The primary aim of these Next Gen cars is to help reduce operating costs.

In addition to that, the authorities are trying to liken the race cars to mirror their production counterparts. The only difference is that the NASCAR vehicles will feature improved aero and downforce packages. Other changes include introducing new technologies on the track.

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What is Christopher Bell testing in the Next Gen car?

As mentioned before, Bell’s primary focus is to test the tyres and see how well they cope with the news cars. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver is the latest to have a crack at the new cars and his inputs will be valuable. Speaking of the cars, the body consists of carbon-fiber re-enforced plastic panels.

Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Christopher Bell (20) leads NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano (22) during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

It will help protect the drivers in the event of contact with another driver or a wall. The best part is that the panels will cost a lot less, which will be a big boon with the budgets in place. In the event of an accident that damages the panels, only those panels will need replacement rather than an entire body side. For now, Christopher Bell will be focused on the remaining two regular season races before the playoffs.

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