Erik Jones, driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, will be the next driver to test the NASCAR Cup Series’ Next Gen car Wednesday and Thursday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
With Jones climbing behind the wheel of the new car, it represents only the third time the car has been tested, as both Austin Dillon and Joey Logano have tested the Next Gen car at Richmond and Phoenix respectively.
The 1.5 mile oval at Homestead served as the season finale for a number years, but in 2020 that changes. Homesteads’ only race on the calendar in 2020 will be held in March. Those lucky fans who have purchased tickets to the race in March will be able to attend testing on Wednesday and Thursday, as the track will open up select grandstands in the facility so fans can view the Next Gen car on track.
Austin Dillon, the first Cup driver to test the Next Gen car, stated, “I really enjoyed driving the car. I like the way that it looks, you can see the finished product down the road. The OEMs can make the body look really good, like a street car that you see on the road today. When it comes together and they all get their cars on the track, we’re going to have something to work with that also looks really good.”
Joey Logano, who tested the car at Phoenix in December, stated, “When the car gets loose with this Next Gen car, it doesn’t come back until the driver steers the car back, it doesn’t fix itself. And that puts it more in the driver’s hands. And I like that piece. It’s going to be challenging, but I think you’ll see more mistakes on the race track, which makes, in my opinion, better racing and more passing opportunities.”
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