NASCAR reveals rules package for 2016 Sprint Cup series

NASCAR announced the base NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rules package to be used during the 2016 season Wednesday. The package that will be used next season closely resembles the aero package for the Sprint Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway and Darlington Raceway earlier in the season. NASCAR said the package for next season comes after an extensive collaborative process between NASCAR and industry stakeholders.

“NASCAR has worked tirelessly with our teams, drivers, manufacturers and Goodyear to develop a rules package that provides fans with the best racing possible,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “The success of the races at Kentucky and Darlington in similar trim proved extremely valuable in accelerating rules development for 2016. Now, as teams have even more time to prepare and a strong baseline of data, we anticipate the racing to be even better.”

The base package features a 3.5-inch spoiler, a 0.25-inch front leading splitter edge and a 33-inch wide radiator pan. These give lower downforce on the cars, and Goodyear will develop tires to complement them. When used at Kentucky Speedway and Darlington, the package met with near universal approval. A high downforce package used at Indianapolis and the second Michigan race wasn’t as well accepted. MORE>>>