A collection which simply two years in the past was overwhelmingly dominated by oval tracks – together with 19 of 36 races held on tracks with 1-mile, 1.5-mile or 2-mile configurations – will in 2022 function a much more numerous portfolio.
Cup Sequence racing in 2022 will embody competitors on 4 superspeedways, six highway programs, a dust observe, 5 quick tracks, 15 races on 1, 1.5 and 2-mile ovals and 5 races on distinctive ovals starting from 1.25 to 2.5-miles in size.
Along with the vastly altered Cup schedule, the 2022 season may also see the introduction of a Subsequent Gen automotive whose styling and composition of its new frequent Dallara-made chassis will higher replicate the producer identities of their showroom counterparts.
The 18-inch wheels and classy automotive our bodies will simply distinguish the Subsequent Gen automotive from its predecessors however its up to date know-how – equivalent to rack and pinion steering and impartial rear suspension – may also alter its efficiency on the observe.
The schedule modifications and debut of the brand new automotive go away NASCAR officers with excessive expectations and nice anticipation for the 2022 season.
“The Subsequent Gen automotive will not be solely going to convey quite a lot of relevance again to our autos, nevertheless it’s additionally going to create what I feel goes to be the most effective racing product we’ll have in our sport’s historical past,” mentioned Ben Kennedy, NASCAR’s senior vp of technique and innovation.
“The vehicles look unbelievable. In seeing a number of the information and analysis they’ve performed, the racing product shall be higher than ever.”
Nascar Subsequent Gen Toyota TRD Camry
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Kennedy expects the dramatic evolution of the Cup Sequence schedule mixed with a brand new race automotive will take a look at drivers and groups like by no means earlier than.
“You’ve gotten a handful of superspeedways, you might have a handful of intermediates, a handful of quick tracks, just a little little bit of every thing,” he mentioned.
“I feel with that variety within the schedule, it actually implies that whoever’s going to be that regular-season champion, in the end the NASCAR Cup Sequence champion, is the most effective driver within the NASCAR Cup Sequence, and I might say most likely among the best drivers on the planet, too.”
Regardless of having to introduce a lot of its schedule modifications this yr with areas of the nation nonetheless beneath COVID-19 restrictions, NASCAR has seen improved TV scores and the brand new venues and races have been well-received by followers.
The most important query and potential stumbling block for NASCAR heading into 2022 shall be ready to see if the Subsequent Gen automotive lives as much as its hype.
Even when it seems to be good, the automotive will nonetheless must carry out on the observe and solely just lately did NASCAR get greater than half-a-dozen of the brand new vehicles on the observe at one time to conduct a take a look at at Daytona Worldwide Speedway.
There are a number of extra multi-car assessments scheduled within the coming months, together with on the Charlotte Roval, the Charlotte oval observe, a December take a look at at Phoenix and certain a repeat take a look at at Daytona in January with many extra vehicles.
The primary actual show of latest venue and new automotive will come on 6 February subsequent yr when upwards of 25 Subsequent Gen vehicles will compete within the preseason Conflict exhibition race on a made-from-scratch quarter-mile asphalt observe contained in the Los Angeles Coliseum.
By then, although, it will likely be solely two weeks till the season-opening Daytona 500.
And the die shall be forged on a make-or-break season to recollect.