By AMANDA VINCENT
NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell announced during the recent Michigan International Speedway race weekend in Brooklyn, Mich., that the Sprint Cup Series will stick to the normal 2015 aerodynamic rules package for the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup championship post-season.
“The specific topic we wanted to cover with the industry regarding the Chase and our decision to keep the 2015 rules package as it is for the Chase and a lot of discussions we had with the industry that includes a number of folks — the tracks, the drivers, the race teams, the OEMS — all believe that that was in the best interest of the sport,” O’Donnell said during a press conference at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on Friday. “Excited about the Chase, excited about the package and what’s to come in the Chase, especially when you look back to last year. So that was, really, the main point we wanted to talk about.”
The Sprint Cup Series ran the Michigan race and the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26 with a high downforce rules package. For the Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway next month, teams will run a low-downforce package similar to the one used in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta in July.
Counting the Southern 500 at Darlington, there are three more races before the Chase — Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway on Saturday night and at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on Sept. 12. For both those races, the regular 2015 rules package will be used, just as in the Chase.
The Chase gets underway Sept 20 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.
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