Two-Day Next Gen Organizational Test in Phoenix
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NASCAR will host a two-day Next Gen organizational test at Phoenix Raceway this week, marking the final Cup Series preseason shakedown before the start of the 2022 schedule.
The cars hit the track in the desert on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the venue happens to be the championship destination. NASCAR.com will be streaming all the action live on its YouTube channel. Each day’s sessions will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET. See below to watch.
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Team rosters have yet to be released by NASCAR. Fans will be allowed to watch Tuesday’s practice session from the Phoenix Raceway Canyon section of the grandstands. Admission is free, but fans must register for online access.
This two-day effort is the second organizational test of the new year. Another took place at Daytona International Speedway two weeks ago. There, NASCAR opted for its superspeedway package – an engine power target of 510 horsepower combined with a 7-inch rear spoiler. The configuration will be used at the 2.5-mile Daytona, the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway and the 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway.
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Phoenix, however, is a 1-mile track, and the basic rules for short tracks, road courses and intermediate circuits were announced in December. The engines will have a target output of 670 horsepower and the cars will be fitted with a 4-inch spoiler. This week gives teams the opportunity to fine-tune their setups.
“Obviously Phoenix is an important event not just for us but for the teams, our championship event is there so obviously that’s the one they all marked to show up and be very competitive,” said said NASCAR’s senior vice president of racing innovation John Probst. the Daytona test. “From NASCAR’s perspective, we want to go out there and make sure as the track goes we have really good Goodyear tires, that they’ve done a fantastic job throughout that project with us, making sure we have the right stuff on the cars. I think as far as the package goes, with the high power and low downforce, I think it’s definitely something our riders love to ride and I think we’ve done enough testing. We’ve been to Phoenix before with our prototype cars. I expect a pretty good result coming out of Phoenix.
The Next Gen will make its competitive debut on February 6 (6 p.m. ET) in the Busch Light Clash exhibition race at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The 2022 points list will then officially begin on February 20 (2:30 p.m. ET) with the season opener Daytona 500 in Florida. Both events will be broadcast live on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
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