Darby figures COT a learning experience for all

The Car of Tomorrow isn't going to be just a learning experience for the drivers. John Darby leads a legion of NASCAR officials wringing things out, writes David Newton.

Updated: March 26, 2007, 2:29 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- John Darby fiddled with an empty halogen lamp box as he took a short break from the speed charts after the final practice for last weekend's Nextel Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

"It'll be all the things everybody is talking about. It'll be different. It'll be new. There'll be a lot of stuff we haven't anticipated. But it's going to be a fun deal." -- John Darby

All was quiet in the back of the NASCAR hauler, except for the occasional rumbling of the man ...

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