Tyler Reddick got his chance behind the wheel of NASCAR’s new NextGen race car on Tuesday and Wednesday at Darlington Raceway, and all signs from the session appeared that everything was going swimmingly, that is until NASCAR and Reddick sent out posts showing that his two-day test ended with a spin, and slight tap into the outside wall, which caused slight damage to the NextGen prototype.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) April 7, 2021
Reddick Quote RTed NASCAR’s tweet saying that the spin was an, “Definitely an oof. Thankfully not a BIG OOF.”
Reddick then shared a video of him in a street car driving onto the scene of the spin, and he walked us through what caused the spin.
Turn 1-2 spin and crash breakdown! Last video I promise!🤣 pic.twitter.com/MqokuQipsx
— Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick) April 7, 2021
The NextGen has seemingly caused drivers to work harder behind the wheel in the tests that have occurred to this point. The car, which seems to rely less on side force, and also doesn’t suck all the way down to the track in the front, thanks to a stepped splitter, has been a little more difficult to handle than the Gen6 car the NASCAR Cup Series currently utilizes.
William Byron also spun and caused slight damage to one of NASCAR’s NextGen Prototypes at Auto Club Speedway in March of last year:
The NASCAR NextGen car will officially be a part of the NASCAR Cup Series for the 2022 season, and on May 5th each manufacturer will unveil their new NextGen racecar.