“In Right Direction” – Kurt Busch Outlines Feedback After Newest NASCAR Next Gen Car Test at Charlotte

Published 01/13/2021, 9:36 AM 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)


2022 will prove to be a game-changing and defining year for the NASCAR Cup Series, courtesy of the proposed NASCAR Next Gen car. Some drivers have already tested the prototypes at different racetracks, with Kurt Busch recently having a second run out at the Charlotte Roval.

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Referring to their tests back in November, NASCAR naturally wanted to evaluate the performance of the different components from similar prototypes. In doing so, drivers’ feedback plays a crucial part and the experience of Busch proved quite valuable in this case.

John Probst, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Innovation, talked about the validation of their work and progress. Even the CGR No.1, Busch, had some words of praise following the session.

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NASCAR Next Gen car progress headed in the right direction, says Busch

Probst stated, “We had a successful test at Charlotte Motor Speedway today and were able to validate some work we’ve done since our recent tests at Charlotte and Daytona. We wanted to return to Charlotte with Kurt to collect direct comparisons of data and driver feedback.

“We’re happy with what we saw on the track today.”

Busch had previously alongside Martin Truex Jr tested out one of the prototypes back in November 2020. During that time, both racers had some interesting observations to make about the sequential gearbox and power steering system.

LOUDON, NH – JULY 20: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford, poses with the Cape Cod Cafe Pizza Pole Award after posting the fastest lap during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver said, “I was honored to get a call to come back and verify things from our last test. I haven’t been in our current car since then, so it’s good for me mentally to have that benchmark and be able to explain what the car is doing on the track.

“It’s great to see the progress from November to January and know that we’re headed in the right direction,” concluded Busch.

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The 2022 season will see the introduction of the new car

NASCAR also reportedly has a few more testing sessions planned with tire manufacturer Goodyear’s officials in 2021. A few more drivers will also undertake the responsibility of testing more models to determine and deliver their personal feedback.

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

It would herald the entry of a new era in Cup Series racing after the 2021 campaign is over. With a progressive approach in the sport, NASCAR fans will be eager to watch what lies ahead when these cars become a commonality from 2022 onwards.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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