Logano’s Penske Racing group was one among 21 that participated within the two-day Charlotte check – essentially the most groups to participate in a Subsequent Gen check thus far after an earlier eight-car check at Daytona Worldwide Speedway.
In the course of the check this week, NASCAR got here up with a number of doable options for groups to attempt to handle an issue of extreme warmth within the cockpit which plagued a number of drivers within the Daytona check.
A number of groups – together with Logano’s – additionally skilled steering points at occasions in the course of the Roval check and by late Tuesday, fixes to a number of of these points had already been addressed.
After testing in his No. 22 Ford Mustang, Logano stated: “I believe on the highway programs we’re not far off. I believe you may line us up and go.
“I believe we’ve confirmed within the final 12 months or two – no matter, simply line us up and race.
“I all the time return to Daytona (Highway Course) final 12 months once we confirmed up with no apply on a model new race monitor that none of us had ever raced on. That’s the craziest factor I ever heard and we had been nice.
“We’ve had two days to check it right here. We may race on the Roval now.”
However the reality many of the components and items – together with the chassis – on the Subsequent Gen automobile come from suppliers and never manufactured by groups, raises a priority for Logano when points with these components come up.
“You didn’t construct them, so it may be on any individual else’s high quality management that you could be not management, so we’ll should go over each piece ourselves earlier than we put the issues on the race automobile as a result of we’re not constructing the components and items anymore. That’s one thing that’s regarding,” he stated.
“You need to be sure you have one thing on there as a result of the very last thing you need is to be racing for a championship at Phoenix and rapidly your steering rack takes a dump on you.
“Issues like which can be in all probability essentially the most regarding to me at this level that we now have to verify is true as a result of we don’t need our championship story to come back right down to one thing like that.”
Logano stated participating within the Subsequent Gen Roval check proper after this season’s race within the present automobile supplied a wonderful alternative to check the variations between the vehicles and their respective efficiency on the monitor.
“I believe everybody will in all probability agree, you may brake loads deeper into the nook. One other massive piece is that once you overshoot a nook proper now, you begin wheel-hopping with the truck arms and all that, it looks as if (the Subsequent Gen automobile) simply locks the rears up and also you simply let your foot off the brake and it comes again,” he stated.
“It doesn’t bounce off of itself just like the truck arms have prior to now, so there are some fairly key variations there that the motive force should alter to, after which clearly as you begin engaged on this automobile. It’s underdeveloped for the time being.
“It’s model new to all of us. Now we have no information. Now we have no sim instruments actually to go off of to determine what we need to do, in order that’s what we’re doing is attempt to develop that database by making modifications to the automobile and seeing if it’s higher or not.”