NASCAR May Reduce Horsepower
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on March 28, 2014 | 1:02 P.M. EST
NASCAR is looking at engine changes for next year that would reduce horsepower. (Photo: Getty Images)
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - NASCAR has another meeting scheduled in April with Sprint Cup engine builders to determine possible changes to the engine for next year, said Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR vice president of innovation and racing development.
NASCAR has talked with teams since late last year about engine changes for 2015 that would reduce horsepower.
“We’re all working together to find the solution,’’ Stefanyshyn told Motor Racing Network on Friday at Martinsville Speedway. “We have to make sure that the little guys, the smaller engine builders are OK with this and we don’t hurt them financially. It’s a balance, and we’ve probably got six different alternatives we’re looking at. We’re going to be needing to get to a decision here pretty soon.’’
A decision will need to be made shortly, engine builders say, so they can construct new engines, test them and then produce those new engines for teams.
Engine builders expect NASCAR to reduce horsepower by about 100 or so for next year.
“We’re working in that direction,’’ Stefanyshyn said of reducing horsepower.
Speeds are up this season but that’s as much because of the aerodynamic changes to the car this season.
Stefanyshyn says it’s a little too early to judge the new changes but he likes what he’s seen so far on the track.
“The teams will need a bit of time to figure it out, and the drivers will have to get comfortable with it, so I was thinking we need to get through Texas (next week) to kind of begin to get a feel of where we are,’’ he said.
“Thus far, it seems we’ve made some improvement. I look at things like number of unique leaders, number of green-flag passes, number of green-flag passes for the lead and they’re all moving in the right direction.’’
Green-flag passes for lead are up from last season. There were 147 green-flag passes for the lead in the first five races. This season, there have been 280, according to NASCAR.