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the many 1.5-mile tracks on the circuit.
“They (NASCAR) certainly were open
to our input in terms of generating ideas
for what to test and how those ideas
would perform on the race track and what
aspects they might enhance, especially
on the intermediate track side of things,”
says Pat Suhy, NASCAR group manager
for Chevrolet Racing. “I’m pretty happy
with the process and hope the package we
all end up with moves the needle in the
right direction. And I think that it will.”
Both Chevrolet and NASCAR are
committed to making ongoing
improvement and putting on an even
better show for their loyal race fans.
The results are in, the reams of statistics have
been analyzed and the numbers tell the story:
the Gen- 6 NASCAR Sprint Cup racecars from
Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota certainly delivered
spectacular competition in their 2013 debut
season. Here are a few highlights:
17 The number of different winners in 2013, up
from 15 the year before. The modern era record
for most different winners in a season is 19. Of
those 17 winners in 2013, five had been winless
in ’ 12, including Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with
Felix Sabates Chevy SS driver Jamie McMurray,
who got to celebrate in Talladega (RIGHT).
19 Number of track qualifying records broken
during the 2013 season.
5 Number of races in 2013 that saw a record
number of green-flag passes for the lead.
10 Average number of leaders per race in 2013,
up from 9. 39 in 2012.
19. 4 Average number of lead changes per race,
up from 18. 9 in 2012.
20 Number of 2013 races with a victory margin
of less than one second, up from 17 in 2012.
83 The perception that Sprint Cup racecars look
similar to road cars rose from 28 to 83 percent.
86 The perception that Sprint Cup racecars
have distinctive body styling increased from
35 to 86 percent.
NASCAR’S NEW RACECAR Pu TS ON A SHOW
GEN- 6 DELIVERS
“The reality is, racing is not only a sport,
it’s entertainment,” says Alba Colon,
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program
manager for Chevrolet. “And we need to
be realistic about that. The race fans want
to be entertained, they want more passing,
more unpredictability about what’s going
to happen at the end of the race.”
“We all share the same goal,” says
Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR’s vice
president, Innovation and Racing
Development. “We may have differences
of opinion how to get there, but this is
really the first installment in a journey
towards a continual improvement process
with regard to our on-track product.”
(RIGHT) Working on
the No. 4 Stewart-
Haas Racing Chevy
SS of Kevin Harvick
testing at Daytona.
(BELOW) Even in
Florida, the winter
always play nice.
Kasey Kahne tracks
the rain on the radar. J e r r