2015 Engine Package Expected

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NASCAR is expected to release the 2015 Sprint Cup Series engine rules package in the coming weeks. (Photo: Getty Images)

NASCAR is expected to release the 2015 Sprint Cup Series engine rules package in the coming weeks.

According to a Des Moines Register report, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations Steve O’Donnell said Thursday at an Iowa Speedway event that a formal announcement outlining next year’s rules would come before the May 17 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Rather than simply a reduction of horsepower as has been speculated, NASCAR is now expected to make “significant” changes in “engines, downforce, aero and tires” according to O’Donnell.

NASCAR adjusted the aero package at 1.5-mile tracks this season in hopes of creating a more competitive product. But early returns have shown only slight changes that O’Donnell terms “better,” but he added “We’ve still got work to do. (NASCAR CEO) Brian (France) talked about more and more lead changes. That’s the end goal.”

O’Donnell went on in the newspaper’s report and explained how the sanctioning body envisions the final package that will be released to teams.

"If you combine the aero package with that (reduction of) horsepower (and) allow some aero changes with the engines going into the corner, drivers have to get off the gas and they're able to maneuver around a little bit more," he said. "Combine that with Goodyear and a little softer tire, now you're able to move around a little bit more."

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