Blaney: ‘You’re just going for a million dollars’

CONCORD, N.C. — Ryan Blaney says it’s better that NASCAR would test new aero rules in an exhibition race because the drivers are, “just going for a million dollars.”

During his media availability at Charlotte Motor Speedway earlier today, the driver of the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford was asked how the results of testing changes to the aero package would turn out in a non-points race versus a points race as NASCAR did last season at Kentucky Speedway and Darlington Raceway.

“I think the reason why NASCAR wanted to do it in this race rather than a points race like we did last year was to just try it out and really kind of throw the teams a curveball when it doesn’t really have any points implications,” Blaney said. “You’re just going for one million dollars. I’m not saying you’re just going for one million dollars, it’s one million dollars, but I think it’s just better than throwing it out there in a points race. I don’t want to say it’s a test session, but it’s almost that way being a non-points race and everything like that.”

NASCAR announced changes to the aero package for the All-Star Race. The changes include a reduction in the number of brake cooling fans cars can use, welding the trailing arm of the rear toe and setting the rear toe to zero at the start of the race.

The brake cooling fan reduction is in response to teams using fans not to cool the brakes, but to suck air from the bottom of the car to increase downforce. The rear toe has been set to zero to reduce the amount of side force the cars generate. It’s only in place for this race.

The welding of the trailing arm, however, will continue for the remainder of the season.

“I think NASCAR is always trying to make improvements to racing, and they did that this year with the aero package, and I think they’re gonna do it this week with less skew package and the new rules package,” Blaney added. “The main point is just trying to slow these cars down in the middle of the corner. That makes for better passing, it makes more mechanical grip. You’re always gonna be relying on aero – always. I don’t care if you’re going 70 miles an hour, you’re always gonna have aero troubles and it’s not gonna be as good behind a car. But the more that we can do to try to put more mechanical grip in it and make aero not as big of an issue, the better it’s gonna be.”

NASCAR has not announced whether the other two changes made will be used again next season.



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Tucker White
My name is Tucker White. I'm currently majoring in journalism at the University of Tennessee. I started getting into NASCAR around 1998 and started following the sport full-time in 2001. I live and breathe everything related to NASCAR. I also have a burning passion for all things auto racing. I've been following Formula 1 since 2011 and am slowing getting into IndyCar. I do my best to keep up with the World Endurance Championship. But at the end of the day, NASCAR is my primary beat. Being both a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and a student at UT, I'm naturally a die-hard Tennessee Volunteers fan. Especially when it comes to Tennessee Volunteers football. While I'll never stop being one, it can be the most heart-wrenching thing ever. Since 2005, this team has delivered more than its fair share of heartbreaking moments and inhuman frustration. I've stuck with the Vols from the best of times - 1998 National Champions - to the worst of times - 2005 to present - because I know that it'll make it all so worth it when the mighty Vols finally return to the top of the college football landscape. In the last few years, I started to really get into baseball. This past season, I decided to pledge my sporting allegiance to the Atlanta Braves. It didn't turn out too well as they finished 67-95 and finished fourth in the NL East. I do see great potential with the young roster and they might be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years.

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