“Game-Changer”- NASCAR President Reveals Details on Progress of the 2022 Next Gen Car

Published 11/13/2020, 12:18 PM EST
HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – JANUARY 15: Erik Jones tests the Next Gen car at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)


Recently, NASCAR President Steve Phelps spoke to SiriusXM Radio about the sport’s future. One of the biggest subjects was the Next Gen car that is set to debut in 2022.

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According to him, they were on a tight schedule to get it ready for 2021 until the COVID-19 pandemic struck. However, he was confident that they could meet that deadline.

Unfortunately, the pandemic’s onslaught meant that the factory had to be shut down. So none of the engineers could ship the parts in, and testing was out of the question.

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Owing to this, a full year’s delay was probably the right call. He said, “I for one, was disappointed. I believe that the car was going to be a game-changer for us on a lot of fronts.”

Phelps praised the styling and admitted that the engineers worked hard on the car. According to him, most of the efforts were concentrated on reducing the gaps between two cars. This is why he is confident that there will be more passing opportunities in that season.

What else did the NASCAR president say?

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Moving on to the economics of this move to the Next Gen car, Phelps believes that teams can benefit from it. Additionally, there are a lot of safety improvements on the cars, a lot of which came from the current generation. The NASCAR President admitted that he was excited about the progress.

HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – JANUARY 15: Erik Jones tests the Next Gen car at Homestead-Miami Speedway on January 15, 2020 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

To make matters even better, everyone was on schedule, and had done a wonderful job. Owing to this, Phelps could hardly wait until the cars’ debut at the Daytona 500 in 2022. Nonetheless, the sport has been conducting multiple tests to ensure that things are smooth.

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Speaking of those tests, Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr will be the latest drivers to sample the Next Gen car. On this occasion, they will be testing to see how it runs on the oval and later on a road course.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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