Smaller Plate for Daytona Test
January 13, 2011 | 10:50 A.M. EST
Reports of speeds in excess of 197 mph were reported when cars ran in the draft during last month's test. (Photo: DIS)
NASCAR Sprint Cup teams will use a will use a 29/32-inch restrictor plate instead of a 30/32-inch plate during next week's Preseason Thunder test session at Daytona International Speedway.
While official speeds were not released at last month's Goodyear tire test at Daytona, reports of speeds in excess of 197 mph were reported when cars ran in the draft.
“I think the decision was made to slow down the speeds because the speeds were too high at the first test," said Pat Tryson, crew chief of the No. 56 Toyota driven by Martin Truex Jr. "It’s a good move on the side of safety because no one wants to see a car go airborne at the potential speeds that could be generated with the plate they had last month. It will be better for the driver and better for the fans in the stands. Safety always comes first.
“By slowing down the cars, it will make the draft bigger and tighter. Before with a little more power, the cars would spread out a little bit. I think now, we can expect to see the cars a lot closer together and more in one pack versus two, three or four. It’s going to make for some great racing for sure because I expect to see more three, maybe four-wide racing at Daytona which is exactly what we saw at Talladega Superspeedway. It’s going to be a lot of fun for everyone to watch.”
The three-day test session will be held Thursday, Jan. 20 through Saturday, Jan. 22.