“Unless We Defy Physics… ” – Chase Elliott Delivers Eye-Opening Verdict on NASCAR’s Next-Gen Car

Published 11/19/2021, 5:00 AM EST
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – JULY 17: (R-L) Chase Elliott #94 talks with Ray Evernham on the grid during practice prior to the Camping World Superstar Racing Experience event at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on July 17, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Dylan Buell/SRX via Getty Images)


During a press conference in the ongoing testing at Charlotte, Chase Elliott revealed his thoughts on the Next Gen car that will make its debut next year. The Hendrick driver said he could very well test the car tomorrow, but unless someone can “defy physics,” he knows what it’s going to be like.

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“I feel like it would be good to learn and kind of see but I feel like we kinda know what it’s gonna be, I mean unless we defy physics, the guy out front is going to have an advantage,” Elliott said.

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The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion described that regardless of any number of enhancements put on the car, the rest of the cars behind the leader won’t have an advantage.

“I don’t think it matters how many aero ducts or parts or pieces we put on these things, it’s not ever going to give the guy in second an advantage over the guy up front.”

WATKINS GLEN, NEW YORK – AUGUST 08: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, exits his car after the NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 08, 2021 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Chase Elliott on heavy testing ahead of Daytona

The testing at Charlotte saw teams and drivers getting familiar with the new car. The first day saw a few crashes, drivers spinning out and struggling as well as teams trying out and replacing parts and configurations to ‘get it right’.

Elliott commented on this as he emphasised on the race in Daytona. He described how it could be tough for smaller teams because Daytona comes with its set of rules over the long weekend.

“How many of these pieces do you want to tear up before we get to Daytona?”

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“Because I don’t think everybody has an abundance of these things and/or parts sitting around,” he said.

Change is something that is never well-received by everyone. It generally divides people into ‘for’ and ‘against’ it. This creates a dialogue and the change either becomes better or the critics become more open-minded.

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Similarly, the Next Gen car has also found its critics and supporters as well. But when a top driver like Chase Elliott expresses his ‘concerns’ for the forthcoming car, there has to be something there.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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