Today's press conference with NASCAR's Robin Pemberton and John Darby was full of answers to many of the questions that we have been asking since the Bristol race. In general the NASCAR powers seem pleased, so far.
THE MODERATOR: John, what were your thoughts about last week's race?
JOHN DARBY: We're probably focusing on a whole different side of it, but being in the very fundamental stages of the new car, what myself and a lot of our inspectors are charged with or what our biggest concerns are is making sure that everything that surrounds the new car is raceable. Can we run 500 miles without overheating all the cars? Can we still have brakes left on the cars at the end? Are there failures of shocks or gears or springs? All the components that have now found their way into the new car.
And we came out of Bristol with a list of things to look at. Obviously there was some exhaust system failures. We've talked to the teams that experienced those failures and have addressed them, or the teams have addressed them and are working on the problems, working on the fixes.
As far as the overall performance of the car, from a competition standpoint, my side of it is I don't know if we'll see that until we get to some of the bigger tracks, maybe Darlington specifically, in regards to all of the cars.
What we did get a good opportunity to see was not only the reliability of the car but the durability of the car and the fact that it is very mechanically sound in regards to reacting to spring changes, shock changes, stop changes and all of the things that ultimately determine the lineup.
If you are interested in the official position on Biffle's car, splitters cutting down tires, failed exhaust systems and the possibility of a full season of the Car of Eventually in 2008, then check out the whole thing.Download news_release_nascar_media_cot.htm