NASCAR To Test 2015 Rule Proposals
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on July 15, 2014 | 12:57 P.M. EST
Cars in action during last December's NASCAR test at Charlotte. NASCAR is scheduled to test 2015 rule proposals Aug. 18 at Michigan International Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)
NASCAR has scheduled a test next month at Michigan International Speedway to test possible rule changes for the 2015 season.
The test is scheduled to be held Aug. 18, the day after the Sprint Cup race there.
"We’re very pleased with the competition on the track so far in 2014,’’ said Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR vice president of innovation and racing development, in a statement to Motor Racing Network. “The evolution of the racing product continues as we look to 2015 and beyond.
“The test at Michigan International Speedway will be a great opportunity to gather more information, help us validate much of the great research done by engineers in our sport, and drive us one step closer to our 2015 race package."
NASCAR states that the number of teams testing hasn’t been finalized. NASCAR also states that no other tests have been scheduled, although indications in the garage are that a follow-up test could take place at Charlotte Motor Speedway later in the year.
The Michigan test is similar to what NASCAR did last year in setting the rules for the 2014 season - only much earlier in the season.
Six teams tested Oct. 14 for NASCAR at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Thirty teams participated in the NASCAR test Dec. 11 at Charlotte Motor Speedway that featured mock races. Series officials conducted three 30-lap mock races, a 20-lap mock race and a 15-lap mock race with different configurations to help finalize the rules package for this season. Those tests helped lead to eliminating the ride height requirement for this season.