NASCAR drivers react to short track test at Phoenix: Different opinions

“It was definitely – this isn’t really a tire test – but of all the tires I’ve tested over my career, by far, probably today was the biggest I’ve noticed a difference.”- Jones said.

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NASCAR drivers react to short track test at Phoenix: Different opinions
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NASCAR tested new aero packages at Phoenix, with six prominent NASCAR drivers participating in the test. Opinions on the test are divided. Ryan Blaney, the championship winner, highlighted the surprising nature of this test. Blaney shared his impressions with Kickin' the Tires.

“We unloaded exactly how we were here in the fall with this car,” Blaney said on Kickin the Tires, as quoted by on3.com! “Ran a couple hours on it and then did the different splitter – big difference.

Massive with the way it drives. I mean, there’s so much downforce taken off of it with that. It drove hugely different, which it should. I mean, it’s a massive aero loss when you do that." Ryan expects things to get even better.

“Hopefully we can continue to tweak it a little bit. I think we can get a little better”. Kyle Larson, on the other hand, didn't notice much of a difference. “Ride quality and stuff changed with the different splitter, but I don’t know how it races any differently in traffic or anything like that,” Larson said.

Erik Jones reacts

Erik Jones is among those impressed by the tires. Goodyear introduced a new tire that is distinct from the previous ones. However, Jones remains cautious, believing that time will be the ultimate judge of how good these tires truly are.

“Tire stuff was really good. I think Goodyear’s got some good notes from that and probably it’s going to apply to a lot of places,” Jones said. “We’ll see how durability does with the tire that we tried that everybody kind of liked." Despite this not being specifically a tire test, Jones was so impressed that he emphasized the tires as the biggest difference for him.


“It was definitely – this isn’t really a tire test – but of all the tires I’ve tested over my career, by far, probably today was the biggest I’ve noticed a difference”.

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