SPARTA, Ky. — With the successful launch of the low downforce Kentucky Package and the impending high downforce/high drag configurations at Indianapolis and Michigan, NASCAR appears set on introducing a variety of track-specific rules at each stop on the calendar, perhaps as early as next season.
For teams, that could result in added expenses.
At Kentucky, the only changes came in the form of extra composite material for the spoiler and splitter but other packages may bring additional changes and extra costs. Before moving this direction, NASCAR consulted drivers, manufacturers and owners to receive feedback and opinions on the state of the sport. On Saturday night after winning the Quaker State 400, team owner Joe Gibbs says he doesn’t mind the uptick in costs if it produces a better show for the fans.
“From an owner’s standpoint, what’s best for us is for the fans to be excited about our racing,” Gibbs said. “We need them in the stands and we need them on TV watching and talking about us on the radio.
“This package wasn’t a big expense for us. It’s a fairly simple one. So, but I think that the overall concern for all of us is to do what’s right for our fans.
“Now, I think we’re going to try another package and I applaud NASCAR. There’s going to be two packages we’re going to try and we’ll kind of see what happens.”
Gibbs, who won three Super Bowl rings as the head coach of the Washington Redskins and three NASCAR Sprint Cup championships as a car owner, called NASCAR “bold,” for moving this direction and applauded the results at Kentucky.
“I think tonight panned out for us to have a good race and it worked out great for us and I think in the future I think you’re going to really see, I think NASCAR’s after it,” Gibbs added. “I think they want — they really want to help the racing. So, it’s a big deal for us and I think — I applaud what they’re doing and I thought tonight was good.”
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