NASCAR Reveals Focus of Two-Day Next Gen Car Test at Daytona With Chris Buescher

Published 12/12/2020, 12:20 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)


When the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season begins, there will be a brand new set of technical regulations. For that to happen, the drivers will switch to a Next Gen car which will make its debut in that season. For the latest test in the coming weekend, Chris Buescher will be taking the wheel.

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Of course, the sport cannot simply come out with a car and expect it to run smoothly right off the bat. Instead, they have to conduct various tests to see if all systems are a go.

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Buescher follows the likes of Kurt Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and Cole Custer, to get behind the wheel of the car.

The Roush Fenway Racing driver will be keen to lend his expertise and shape the car for the next season. Feedback from other tests has been generally positive, but there are still a couple of kinks to iron out.

What is NASCAR driver Chris Buescher focusing on in this test?

The Next Gen test is slated to take place in the coming week, around Tuesday and Wednesday. Apparently, the agenda for Chris Buescher is to gather data to assess the drag and power levels of the car.

However, there is also a plan to conduct more tests to see how multiple cars can tackle a track’s high banking.

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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)

When Truex Jr. and Busch took the car for a spin in their respective tests, they were given different tasks. As it turns out, NASCAR wanted to see how the car performed at ovals and at road courses. For that, the two NASCAR drivers charted a course to the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Charlotte Roval.

Meanwhile, Cole Custer simply put it through its paces, as they had just got the car ready. The NASCAR Next Gen car was expected to make its debut in 2021. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 crisis wrecked everyone’s plans and forced a delay.

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