The criticism of multiple NASCAR professionals seems to be getting the right attention as NASCAR sets to revise the Next Gen car.
The Next Gen cars haven’t made the right impression on a good number of NASCAR professionals as there has been a number of injuries attributed to the model of the car.
The major injuries were sustained by Kurt Busch and Alex Bowman who suffered concussion-like symptoms. Busch has been out since his crash at Pocono Raceway in July and Bowman after injuries sustained at Texas Motor Speedway in September.
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One of the leading voices in the criticism is Denny Hamlin who has already made it clear to NASCAR that the car has to be redesigned.
“It needs a full redesign. I mean, it can still be called Next Gen, but it needs to be redesigned. It needs to be redesigned everywhere—front, middle, rear, competition. The whole thing needs to be redesigned.”
The other criticism was regarding the lack of communication between NASCAR and the drivers, which president Steve Phelps even accepted. He then promised to keep the communication line more open and also to improve safety in the Next Gen cars.
It seems like NASCAR has finally heeded the drivers’ call and is planning to make major changes to the cars. The details were outlined by racing mechanic Bozi Tatarevic in a thread on Twitter.
It is my understanding that NASCAR has decided on a plan of action to improve safety of the Next Gen car that will result in the removal and modification of some of the tubing in the center section and rear clip with a process that will start soon with a target for next season. pic.twitter.com/Qaj0KVPTdb
— Bozi Tatarevic (@BoziTatarevic) October 12, 2022
Some of the changes include the removal and modification of some of the tubing in the centre section and a change in the thickness of the bumper struts.
The implementation of the change is supposed to take place for next season.