NASCAR Announces a Few More Changes to the Cup Series Next Gen Cars

Published 01/13/2022, 12:50 PM EST


According to recent reports, there are still some minor tweaks to be made to the NASCAR Next Gen cars. This time though, they are merely aesthetic in nature and pertain to the windshield design. As it turns out, there are plans to install a vent right in the middle of the windshield.

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Admittedly, this could potentially interfere with the driver’s name sticker. As a result, the officials have decided to shift the name sticker to the right-hand side of the windshield. This will allow for the names to be on display and also have plenty of space for the vent.

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Many have guessed that the sole purpose of the vent is to help cool the drivers down in the car. In the past, there have often been a number of complaints from the drivers that it is quite hot inside the cars. Additionally, there is the rare danger of drivers getting carbon monoxide poisoning, something that Cody Ware can attest to.

Are the vents needed on the NASCAR Next Gen cars?

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Already, there are vents on the hood of the car and on the rear side windows. However, the primary purpose of those vents is to cool the engine and mechanical components, respectively. Admittedly, the reception to this piece of news was fairly mixed. A fair number of fans were glad that the drivers are getting more ventilation in the car.

LOUDON, NH – SEPTEMBER 21: Max McLaughlin, driver of the #1 Mohawk Toyota, during the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Apple Barrel 125 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 21, 2019 in Loudon, New Hampshire. Photo by Adam Glanzman/NASCAR

However, a lot of people questioned the need for the banners displaying the drivers’ names. This change also sees the car logo dropped from the banner. A few felt that having the manufacturer logo was redundant, so they welcomed the change. Still, others compared it to how the Xfinity Series cars display the driver names.

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At the end of the day, this does nothing to affect the car’s performance on the track, and this change is strictly visual.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author 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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