How Will Teams Save Money on the NASCAR Next Gen Car?

Published 05/15/2021, 3:21 PM EDT
May 9, 2021; Darlington, South Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) and Kevin Harvick (4) lead the field to start the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


For a long time, NASCAR had been steadily building up the anticipation of the Next Gen cars. Last week, the Next Gen models finally broke cover. Now, the ball is in the teams’ court to buy the standardized chassis and common components to build their cars around the design.

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Of course, NASCAR is looking for ways to save as much money as possible. So, the sport has decided to set a cost cap for all the teams. This will limit them to at least 7 cars per driver. These cars have to last for the entire year; however, nobody will be able to gauge the projected savings until after 2022.

“The notion that 2022 will bring savings is false, this car undoubtedly will need to be massaged, it won’t be perfect coming out of the gates, nothing ever is,” said Toyota Racing President David Wilson.

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“Most of the teams are kinda holding their breath a little bit, and obviously the current car [will be] effectively obsolete, so it does require all of the teams to purchase a new inventory.”

What does this mean for the 2022 NASCAR season?

Last year, teams would build independent tube-frame chassis or manufacture several individual parts. This time, single-source manufacturers will supply everything, thus reducing the fabrication costs.

However, Wilson warned all the teams will take some time to get used to the new machinery. Only then will they be able to enjoy the full benefit of any potential savings.

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

“Overall, the expectation is a lot of material savings,” he continued. “What we are still learning about is the repairability and durability of this car. We haven’t really crashed any of these cars yet.

“With the carbon composite body, similar to what we run in Xfinity today, we have some sense of how that will respond. So it should be positive in terms of cost versus the sheet metal that Cup races today.”

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With worries about the 2022 season in the back seat, the NASCAR Cup Series heads to the Dover International Speedway for the next race of this season.

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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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