If the words I am about the type mean something to you, you are probably of a certain generation, the rest of you are just going to have to Google it.
This is a test, this is only a test.
Testing in NASCAR has always been something that fascinated me. I know that test help, they can actually help quite a bit if a team is struggling. But as I stood on the pit road at the Kansas Speedway during Tuesday’s Goodyear Tire Test, I wondered how much is this going to help really? It’s probably at least 10-15 degrees colder than it will be on race day and the sun is out. (In case you hadn’t heard, and many of the drivers at the test hadn’t, the first race at Kansas is a night race.)
“We can learn anything at any given time that will allow for a better race car for us,” said Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
Okay I get that. There is always something to learn, but these conditions can’t be ideal can they?
“We would like it to be a little bit warmer,” said Stenhouse. “But even as cool as it is, we are learning stuff.”
Martin Truex, Jr. also lamented for warmer temperatures to better simulate race conditions.
“I hope it warms up,” said Truex looking forward to next month’s night race. “I hope it’s warmer than it is now because our tires aren’t holding up very long.”
The other thing about these tests, they aren’t always about the tracks the teams are testing, at least for the drivers. They draw things from other tracks that will help them at Kansas and can take things they learned on Tuesday elsewhere.
“We’ve been looking at our Vegas set up,” said Stenhouse. “We started with it here and have kind of been tuning around it. We learned a lot at the Vegas test. So we take all that information and all the information we learn today and come back with our best guess at what’s going to be fast.”