Thursday, January 7, 2010
NASCAR testing spoiler on new car
By David Newton
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR officials are seriously considering a plan that would replace the rear wing with a spoiler on Sprint Cup cars, spokesman Ramsey Poston said on Thursday.
"We are currently meeting with drivers and owners to discuss a number of options," Poston said. "Going back to the spoiler is one of them under serious consideration. We'll make an announcement in the coming weeks."
Before the governing body makes a final decision, the spoiler and how it reacts with the new heavier car will be tested in the wind tunnel and on the track. If there are signs the spoiler will improve competition then the switch is likely to occur.
Poston would not say when the change might occur, but it is unlikely it will happen in time for the February opener at Daytona International Speedway.
The decision to look at the spoiler came after intense meetings, including one Thursday at NASCAR's Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C., with select drivers and owners. There has been universal concern since the car was introduced in 2007 that the lack of down force has been a hindrance to good racing.
The previous car used a spoiler.
Poston said this has nothing to do with several incidences of the new car lifting off the ground at Talladega Superspeedway, most significantly Carl Edwards' car going airborne into the fence in April and injuring seven fans.
An announcement on any change could be made during the NASCAR media tour in Charlotte in two weeks.
David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.