On Monday, NASCAR announced that it would disqualify race-winning cars breaking the rules this season and confronting its long-standing culture of cheating with a strictly new criminal system.
"If you are illegal, you will not win the race," said Steve O & # 39; Donnell, NASCAR's chief racing developer. "We cannot allow inspection and punishment to continue to be an extended story. Motor vehicles are expected to comply with the rule book from the opening of the garage to the routed flag."
The new approach is a seismic shift for NASCAR because it traditionally wanted fans to leave the event and know who won the race. If a car flawed inspection, either on track or in a more thorough secondary demolition at NASCAR's Research and Development Center in the days after the race, the driver and team were usually linked points, the fine or in some cases the crew members had suspended. [1
Inspections will now be completed on the track, a process that must take approx. 90 minutes, and the winning team will lose its victory if it fails. Disqualified cars will now lose points, wallet and even the trophy.
DALE JR. TO RACE AGAIN
Kevin Harvick's race-winning car failed inspection twice last season, and both cases led to fines, suspensions and lost points. He won at the Texas Motor Speedway in November to earn an automatic berth in the championship finals, but it was cut off as his car celebrated R&D inspection days after the race.
Under the new system, runner-up will be declared a winner and the team with the illegal car will only receive a championship point.
"We are really looking at a total change of culture," said Donnell.
The last driver believed to have been removed directly by a national series victory was Dale Jarrett after a 1995 race in NASCAR's second series in Michigan. He was dropped to 42 when his Ford was found to have an illegally modified intake manifold two hours after the race.
NASCAR will also change its process for cars that do not check before qualification and race.
NASCAR BANS DRIVERS, GAMES FROM GAMES AT SPORT
It had become comedy at times last season, when teams used several attempts to get through inspection. NASCAR said it will now expel team members, however, practice time and in an improved penalty carry a car from trying to qualify for the race if it fails three times. A car that fails twice before running control is sent to the back of the field at the start; a third error will require a review penalty at first.
"We've been through a deterrent model where we've really been working on the race teams on the pitch and probably been easier than we should in terms of the number of times teams can go through inspection and passing, failing and almost incentive to try to get something from NASCAR, so we will really reverse that trend, "said Donnell. "We need to put it on the teams to bring their equipment right. When they get to the pitch, we become much less linking as they go through technical inspection with stiffer penalties for qualification and then ultimately during race, of course, we all have to drive up completely. "
NASCAR will not go into a single-bar qualifying format this season despite a new racing package that is likely to put the field in a package. NASCAR even took a step towards ensuring that the qualified sessions are entertaining by shortening the first round of short tracks and intermediate speedways from 15 minutes to 10. This will force drivers to get on the track and do their qualifying trials instead of idling on the pit road and trying to nail a quick shot as the clock expired. The pause between rounds is trimmed from seven minutes to five.
Qualification by superspeedways remains two untimed rounds of single-lap qualification. Road course qualification will continue to be two rounds of 25 minutes followed by a 10 minute final round.
The seventh generation of car is planning to compete in 2021. An important goal in development is to strengthen the relationship between race cars and the model available to customers. NASCAR robber additional manufacturers to participate in the sport and the Gen-7 car will aim to increase the brand identity. NASCAR said it was almost certain that the new car would have a composite body.
"I think you will see a new NASCAR as to what you can see on the track and what you can see under the hood," Donnell said.
Ben Kennedy, grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., will have an expanded role in 2019 as CEO of racing operations and international development. Kennedy spent last season as CEO of Truck Series. His new role puts him together with O & # 39; Donnell in front of NASCAR management. Kennedy will also work to expand NASCAR in Canada, Mexico and Europe. China remains a targeted market for NASCAR.
TRIPLE TRUCK CHALLENGE
Truck Series will have a three-course program with the option of winning up to $ 500,000 in bonus money. The program runs in subsequent races at Texas Motor Speedway, Iowa Speedway and Gateway Motorsports Park in July. "Triple Truck Challenge" will award a $ 50,000 bonus to the qualified race winner of one of the three events. Another win will be worth $ 150,000 and a sweep is worth $ 500,000.