DAYTONA BEACH | The removal of Monster Energy ensured that for the first time in moons, the discipline-queen of the stock-car in the United States no longer has a sponsor in the title. Let’s call it simply the Cup NASCAR.
One has the impression that this new season that begins tomorrow on the occasion of the Classic 500 Miles of Daytona is a stage of transition prior to the year of the major redesign scheduled for 2021.
Like the F1, the cars will be reviewed thoroughly and a good number of drivers, among the most gifted of the plateau, will be in renegotiations of contracts, and, who knows, looking for a new team.
In order to revive the discussion on the track, the leaders of the Series have forced a few changes to the cars, which mainly affect the reduction of downforce aerodynamic on some circuits.
The approach is laudable, but it will take more to win back a public that ignores him, more of his races. The NASCAR is losing popularity, and its leaders are seeking solutions to attract a younger clientele.
Program double at Pocono
Put an end to these trials endless and often monotonous is at the heart of the concerns of the leaders of NASCAR. But, at the risk of repetition, it will probably have to wait until next year…
The calendar in 2020 also has a few notable changes occurred, starting with a dual program which will be presented to Pocono on June 27 and 28. The idea is to present two races separate during the weekend in the hope to replenish stands are often deserted on the Saturday.
Now the question is if other developers will apply for such a provision to bail out their chests.
We also note that the final of the Cup season NASCAR, the one that determines the champion, will not be contested at Homestead, in Florida, as in years past, but in Phoenix, Arizona, November 8. This long season will end two weeks earlier than usual.
We also note that the Cup NASCAR be exceptionally hard from 19 July to 9 August during the holding of the summer olympic Games in Tokyo.
The last of Johnson ?
The end of the season 2020 will be the removal, at least full-time, the seven-time champion, Jimmie Johnson, who hasn’t won a race for nearly three years. The last of his 83 victories dating back to June 4, 2017 to Dover, Delaware.
A member of the famous team Hendricks Motorsports, the driver, 44-year-old was titrated from 2006 to 2010, and again in 2013 and 2016.
Last year, Johnson did not qualify for the playoffs, a first in his career. He finished the season 18th in the ranking, its worst result since 2002 when he was given a steering wheel regular for the first time in Cup NASCAR.
The first division of NASCAR will therefore have to bear the loss of another of its leaders, after Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Tony Stewart, and especially Carl Edwards. It’s the rising stars that are Chase Elliott, Erik Jones and Christopher Bell to take over.
The grid is formed
After the two traditional tests of “Duels” presented on Thursday night, the starting grid of the Daytona 500 is now known.
If Ricky Stenhouse, holder of the position of the head, and Alex Bowman had secured their place on the first row in qualifying last week, Joey Logano and William Byron will occupy the second row after their victory in the respective in both of these confrontations.
In contrast, three drivers, Daniel Suarez, Chad Finchum and JJ Yeley failed to qualify for the race tomorrow.