2015 is going to look considerably different for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
No more private team testing. A reduction in horsepower. Less downforce. And maybe, just maybe, a Sprint Cup race in the rain (yeah, we’re excited too).
It will be very interesting to see who can excel under the new rules package that comes into effect next season. How will the lack of testing impact teams, particularly the smaller ones? And will the engine and aero changes yield the better on-track product that NASCAR wants?
Time will tell how those questions are answered. But NASCAR executive vice president Steve O’Donnell feels that the new package will serve as a solid starting point for 2015.
“I think we’re all about seeing more passing – more green flag passing on the race track,” O’Donnell told NBCSN’s Marty Snider today on NASCAR AMERICA. “We believe in that and we think this [package] will offer that to the fans…Each time we look at a race, we’re always trying to get better, so we’ll take what we can learn, apply that to ’15, and keep going on for ’16 as well.”
To hear more from O’Donnell on the new package, watch the clip above.
On Friday, Marvin Musquin announced on Instagram he will miss the entire 2020 Supercross season with a knee injury.
The injury was sustained earlier this week in a practice crash at the KTM test track when he overjumped an obstacle and landed hard.
It’s “not the kind of news I’m excited to share with you guys,” Musquin wrote. “I was really happy to be back on the bike riding after being injured at the end of the Motocross season and starting to train for Supercross. Unfortunately, I had an incident at the KTM test track and ultimately over-jumped a jump that had a very big impact on my legs when I landed, injuring my left knee.”
I had it evaluated by several doctors and it was determined that my knee required surgery. It’s devastating news to me as I was really looking forward to racing Supercross, but I will take the time needed to recover properly with my main focus being to return when I am strong enough to win races.”
Last year, Musquin sustained another knee injury in November that threatened his 2019 Supercross season. He was able to ride in the Anaheim 1 event and finished in the top 10. Musquin improved throughout the season, winning two races and finishing third in the points after making a determined charge.
Musquin missed the 2011 and 2014 Supercross seasons with ACL injuries.