After a blasting performance at Daytona back in July, the new Nationwide series cars are back for the second round of their crowd-grabbing appearances on the 2010 Nationwide series schedule. The cars are most likely to be driven in every Nationwide series race on the 2011 season schedule, giving the fan base not only the team name to cheer for, but the opportunity to see the same look of the cars as they pass by on the street every day.
Mustangs, Challengers, the new Impala and Camry have all come together to put on a great show, bringing more and more eyes to the Nationwide series every time an image of the new cars appear on the television. What’s new to them? Not only is the Mustang and Challenger new to the series, all four makes have brought a bit of distinction to each and every car. Each one shows the true mark of the car by the detailed parts and most of all, the eye-catching grills. The new cars feature a more central location of the driver’s seat, moving the driver closer to the middle of the car, more head room, and more allowed vision by the driver.
After making their debut at Daytona, leaving drivers talking about how loose the car was, the cars have marched up the states to Michigan International Speedway for the Carfax 250, where they’ve met their match on the high-speed downforce track.
Both Brad Keselowski and Elliot Sadler describe the cars as driving more like the Camping World Truck Series trucks than the Sprint Cup cars. “I hope they put on a great race like they had with the truck series a couple months ago.” Sadler mentioned before getting back into his JR Motorsports #88 car for more practice laps in the mid-afternoon Friday practice.
A good amount of the drivers taking part in the 250 this weekend also drove the cars in the Daytona race, but there are many who haven’t. Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 JR Motorsports car, said she felt that “Ignorance is bliss” with others showing concern that she hadn’t been on track with the new car, yet alone on the Michigan track in a stock car. “If I had the other one to be back to back with, I might have a judgment.” For her, this weekend’s race is just another step in her learning curve—the new car is just another speed bump in the middle of it.
Another driver feeling the heat this weekend is Trevor Bayne, who’s eighth is the Nationwide series standings in his #99 car, after growing such a long way in such a short time he says with working on the new car its “like starting all over again.” He also mentioned during the mid-afternoon practice how it was yet another learning curve to endure, but they’re ready to take it on again.
After this weekend, it’ll be two races down, two more to go for the new Nationwide Series car until it makes its full-season race tour in the 2011 season and from now on and for many races to come, they’ll be turning heads whether they’re catching eyes while dashing down the front straight, or being captured by media, these cars are sure to bring more fans to the second-tier NASCAR series.