As NASCAR enters a new era, undoubtedly, the Next Gen cars must be a challenge for all teams. As the 2022 Cup Series season approaches, a new problem is cropping up – that of spare parts and spare cars. Reports suggest that teams are aiming to have at least five cars ready, with a maximum limit of seven cars on hand. However, the likes of Brad Keselowski are worried about how this will affect the crew members back in the workshops.
He said, “Outside of having another COVID lockdown or some significant accidents, I think we’ll have enough cars to race. I’m not too concerned about that. But I am concerned about the emotional and physical well-being of some of the people that work on the race cars. Most of the drivers, it won’t be in the back of their head — maybe that’s good, maybe that’s bad. When it’s time to race, you’ve got to race. You can’t be worried about tearing up cars and things like that.”
Brad Keselowski has every right to be concerned
Of course, the 2012 Cup Series champion is looking at the situation from two different angles. Firstly, he is looking at it from a driver’s point of view, and secondly, from a team owner’s perspective; Keselowski is the driver and co-owner of the Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing team. Now, the Busch Clash is rapidly approaching, and some teams are getting anxious.
BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN – AUGUST 22: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Discount Tire Ford, waits on the grid prior to the NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 22, 2021 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
At the Daytona test, there were major causes for concern when teams revealed that they had just two completed cars. There is a genuine fear that the outfits will not be able to reach the five-car target until the end of February. As it turns out, fixing handling and heat issues and additional safety tests delayed the proceedings. Since teams have to get supplies from approved vendors, the lack of spare parts has slowed things down.
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