“We made some real significant progress here today,” says Bodine. “The drivers and teams gave us some positive feedback on what they liked and what they didn’t like, and that’s what this is about – to refine and improve what we have.”
The Car of Tomorrow is the culmination of a five-year design program by NASCAR’s Research and Development Center. Of primary significance are safety innovations, performance and competition, and cost efficiency for the teams. The new car will begin competition in 2007 at the spring race at Bristol Motor Speedway and will race at 16 different events next season. The 2008 Car of Tomorrow implementation schedule includes 26 events. Teams will run the entire 2009 schedule with the Car of Tomorrow.