Looking At The Car Of Tomorrow

A look at some of the past and current Car of Tomorrow news, photos and videos as NASCAR gets ready to officially debut the safer, cost-efficient design this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The Wait is Over
Like it or not, the "Car of Tomorrow" is here and while most in the NEXTEL Cup garage area are ready for the challenge, there are still some not entirely happy. Full Story

Understanding the Car of Tomorrow
The Car of Tomorrow is a culmination of a seven-year project undertaken at NASCAR’s Research and Development Center in Concord, North Carolina. The car was built primarily with safety in mind. During the development process, NASCAR also discovered ways in which the Car of Tomorrow could improve competition and enable teams to be more cost-efficient. Full Story

Car of Tomorrow Tackles Bristol in Testing
A new era in NASCAR kicked off on Wednesday, February 28 as 50 teams tested the new Car of Tomorrow at Bristol Motor Speedway in preparation for its debut. Full Story

Chevy to Shoot for 600th Victory and 61st Impala Win
Chevrolet will have the opportunity to achieve several historic milestones at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. With Jimmie Johnson's back-to-back wins in Las Vegas and Atlanta, Chevrolet has 599 NASCAR Cup wins as Team Chevy heads to Bristol, Tenn. where the Impala nameplate will make its return to NASCAR racing. Full Story

Teams See New Inspection Process
At the Car of Tomorrow test at Bristol Motor Speedway, NASCAR was present to inspect the cars before they rolled out on the track. And although the lengthy inspection was not official, it was to help educate the teams for the upcoming "COT" races. Full Story

"COT" Roll Out Complete by 2008?
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Director John Darby suggested the governing body would be okay with the Car of Tomorrow being used at all tracks by 2008, that's if the garage agrees with the change. Full Story

Teleconference: John Darby and Robbie Loomis
NEXTEL Cup Series director John Darby and Robbie Loomis, vice president of racing operations for Petty Enterprises, discuss the Car of Tomorrow. Full Transcript

Hamiln Fastest
Denny Hamlin had the honors of leading the the Car of Tomorrow test session at Bristol Motor Speedway after he climbed to the top of the speed chart in a.m. session with a lap of 122.170 mph in the No. 11B Chevrolet. Testing Speeds | Video Recap | Photos

Impala SS Developed in Virtual Wind Tunnel
One of the most powerful implements in GM Racing's toolbox is Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) - a mathematical simulation of the airflow around a vehicle. This emerging technology is influencing the design of both racing and production automobiles. CFD played a key role in GM Racing's analysis and development of a racing version of the Impala SS, the new-generation NASCAR race car that will make its competition debut in Bristol, Tenn., on March 25. Full Story

Ford Field Manager Addresses Fusion COT Debut
Ben Leslie has been the NASCAR Field Manager for Ford Racing Technology since 2004 and he manages Ford’s development in the Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series. Leslie spoke about the debut of the Fusion Car of Tomorrow and how Ford teams are prepared for the change going into Sunday’s debut race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Full Story

Avenger New Dodge Entry
Chrysler Group announced back in January that the Dodge Avenger will race at select events in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup competition beginning in 2007, joining the Charger in the Dodge racing line-up. Full Story

Car of Tomorrow Tackles Talladega
NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow was on track on Monday (Monday, October 9, 2006) at Talladega Superspeedway as 13 drivers including Juan Pablo Montoya and Ricky Rudd shook down the new design on the newly-repaved track. Full Story | Photos | Video

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