Friday, December 9, 2022

NASCAR Covering Costs for 2023 Next Gen Safety Improvements

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NASCAR is set to cover all fabrication, material, and labor costs for NASCAR Cup Series teams, as they work towards conforming to updates made to the Next Gen car for the 2023 season, as a result of a critical safety analysis by drivers and industry members. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

The overall safety of NASCAR’s Next Gen car has been a hot-button topic over the summer months of the season, with two drivers – Kurt Busch and Alex Bowman – currently on the sidelines with concussion-like symptoms.

In recent weeks, a number of drivers have irritably spoken to the media regarding their concerns with the safety of the brand-new car, while also citing that the sanctioning body isn’t being transparent enough when it comes to the changes being worked on and tested.

This revelation sparked a 75-minute ‘safety meeting’ on Saturday at Charlotte’s ROVAL, in which NASCAR spoke with drivers about the car’s safety and the results from a recent crash test, in which the sanctioning body was testing out some proposed changes.

The meeting – which many involved described as tense, yet cordial – showed some positive progress in NASCAR’s journey to make the NextGen car safer and in communication between the sanctioning body and drivers.

Now, just a few days removed from said meeting, NASCAR has pushed a memo to teams of the NASCAR Cup Series, which outlines changes that will be made to the NextGen car, moving forward.

The changes, which will be implemented for the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season, will see the car feature an improved crumple zone behind the driver, in which the new components will dissipate more energy in the event of a crash.

In order for these changes to occur, teams will have to send their chassis to Technique Chassis – which is the NASCAR-selected single-source vendor that builds and maintains these components.

First reported by Bozi Tatarevic, and further confirmed to by NASCAR, the sanctioning body will be covering all of the costs associated with making these changes, including fabrication, materials, and labor.

For additional information – and in-depth technical analysis – on the changes being made to NASCAR Cup Series entries for the 2023 season, check out this ‘Road and Track’ article, written by Bozi Tatarevic.

Joseph Srigley
Joseph Srigley
University of Windsor | Business Administration - Supply Chain & Data Analytics Editor at

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