Racing beat

| February 01, 2006

Most of NASCAR’s current car owners think the cap rule is important for the continued success and growth of the Cup Series.

“It’s a good move for the sport,” says car owner Roger Penske. “It’s important for the business model to remain pro-competitive for all owners. This decision will have a positive impact on our sport for years to come.”

NASCAR Chairman Brian France says the new steps are a continuation of NASCAR’s pro-growth, pro-competition philosophy.

“The cap, the new testing procedure and the tire leasing program are in the best interest for the future of the sport,” says France.

Other owners expressed optimism regarding the impact of the new cap rule, including Felix Sabates, J.D. Gibbs, Richard Childress, Bill Davis, Richard Petty, Cal Wells, Robert Yates and the Wood Brothers.

“I think it will be good for the sport,” says Childress. “Personally, I could never have gotten into the sport – the way it is today – like I did when I got in as a driver-car owner many years ago.”

“There needs to be a cap,” says Sabates. “I think it’s the best thing that’s happened in a long time.”

“I think you’re better off not having a handful of guys owning all the cars,” says Gibbs.

Also new for this year are a tire leasing program and a track testing policy that sets a schedule for when and where Cup tests are to be conducted. The scheduled tests will be the only opportunities teams will have to test at Nextel Cup tracks. Teams will be able to schedule tests at facilities that do not host Cup events.

There will be six test locations that include Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Daytona International Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Testing in Daytona was conducted Jan. 9-11 (odd-numbered cars) and Jan. 16-18 (even-numbered cars). The Las Vegas tests were Jan. 30-Feb. 1.

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