Nationwide Car of Tomorrow Spotted

Tom GCorrespondent ISeptember 9, 2008

After months of waiting and speculation, we finally get our first glimpse at the Nationwide Car of Tomorrow.

The current Nationwide Series car has a 105-inch wheelbase, but this new car will have a 110-inch wheelbase, the same as the current Sprint Cup Series car.

All of the safety advancements integrated in the new Sprint Cup Series car will also be in the Nationwide car, and they have been well received.

Following wrecks such as Michael McDowell's at Texas or Jeff Gordon's at Las Vegas, the new safety advancements have already proven their effectiveness in keeping a driver safe.

The biggest difference from the Sprint Cup Series car is the body, and the fact there is no wing but a spoiler. The splitter in the front has carried over but looks much less pronounced.

There were cars at the test from each of the four manufacturers: Dodge bringing what looks like a Challenger; Chevy testing a car that looks like their new Malibu; Ford taking what looks like the new Taurus; and Toyota looks as if they are keeping the Camry.

The new car has been well received by drivers.

"It feels a lot like the car we're racing now. Compared to when we first ran the Car of Tomorrow in the Cup series, this is a lot smaller change for us to go to this car," said Carl Edwards after finishing up his test session.

Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president of competition, has not singled out a date to implement the new car but is looking for it to be used in 2010.