NASCAR Testing Next Gen Car At Richmond

Drivers battle for position early in Saturday's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway. (HHP/Harold Hinson Photo)
NASCAR will test the Next Gen race car in a private test later this week at Richmond Raceway. (HHP/Harold Hinson Photo)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The next generation of NASCAR stock cars will hit the race track for the first time this week at Richmond Raceway.

The car, built by Richard Childress Racing, will be driven by Austin Dillon on Tuesday and Wednesday. It will be a closed test, with the public and media members not allowed to attend.

The test was confirmed Monday by NASCAR President Steve Phelps, who appeared on NBCSN’s NASCAR America program. The car Dillon will drive will have a generic body because Ford, Chevrolet and Toyota are are still working on their respective body styles for the 2021 cars.

“We are very excited about where things are with this Next Gen car,” said Phelps. “We are on time for a 2021 rollout. It’s going to be exciting to get it on track. We were in the wind tunnel last week, and so having a test at Richmond tomorrow and Wednesday — it’s kind of the culmination of a lot of work that’s been done by our race teams, our OEM partner (and) by the folks at NASCAR, to put this on the racetrack.

“This particular car was built by Richard Childress and his folks, and it won’t have the design of the Chevy, Ford, and Toyota, but it will kind of be an opportunity to shake down the car. We’re really excited to get it on the race track.”