|The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is testing at the Talladega Superspeedway today with teams placing the new spoiler on the back of their cars. The information gathered at this test will help define the race package for further races later this season.
Front Row Motorsports with Yates Racing will be testing the No. 37 ExtenZe Ford at the track. The crew chiefs of the teams discussed the new spoiler and what they have learned before today’s test and what they hope to learn after today.
Randy Seals, Crew Chief, No. 38 Taco Bell Ford:
“As a team, we’ve been to the wind tunnel and have done some various things. The new spoiler is going to add more downforce, or that’s what the testing is telling us so far. It may change the way we set up our cars. Right now, our concentration is getting the entire center of gravity of the car to go down. The new spoiler, it may want us to concentrate towards the front of the car to keep that down. That’s going to change the attitude of the cars and make us look at things differently.
“I think they’ll learn some stuff today, but the Charlotte test is going to be the big one. We’ll see if we need to keep the tail of the car higher like we did with the older cars. I think we’re making a move back to the older style of cars, but let’s see how everything reacts first before we make any big conclusions.
“I don’t think it’s going to be a new notebook like the new car was. We still have the splitter on the front of the cars and you only have about four inches before you hit the ground. You want to travel low, but not kill it either. We’ll see what happens today, but Charlotte will be the big test.”
Steven Lane, Crew Chief, No. 34 Long John Silver’s Ford:
“Right now, I just know what we’ve seen from the wind tunnel. The Talladega test today will give the guys a good feel for how it will affect the cars in a drafting situation, but not sure if you’ll learn a lot for most of the other tracks. Daytona and Talladega are always two different animals.
“But, I think this new spoiler is going to make the cars better. They will probably drive and turn better for the guys. The balance of the car is going to shift to the front. The drivers will like that more. As a crew chief, we’ll look at the Charlotte test and get a better sense of what the new spoiler will do to these cars.”
About Front Row Motorsports with Yates Racing:
Front Row Motorsports was formed in 2005 by restaurant entrepreneur Bob Jenkins. Since that time the team has entered a car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series. In 2010, Front Row Motorsports with Yates Racing will partner with Ford and Roush/Yates Engines to field a three-car operation based in Statesville, N.C. The team will field the No. 34 Long John Silver’s Ford driven by Travis Kvapil, the No. 37 ExtenZe Ford driven by Kevin Conway, and the No. 38 Taco Bell Ford driven by David Gilliland.