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    From Nascar.com

    A further reduction of downforce and the implementation of additional safety developments highlight the 2017 NASCAR premier series rules package announced by sanctioning body officials on Friday at Kansas Speedway.

    Aerodynamic adjustments similar to those in place for races at Kentucky Speedwayand Michigan International Speedway in 2016 form the framework for the 2017 performance platform. However, slight modifications to the overall base package have been made.

    According to officials, the 2017 race package will include:

    • Rear spoiler dimensions for all non-restricted events will be 2 3/8 inches x 61 inches. Current spoiler dimensions are 3 1/2 x 61; for the Kentucky and Michigan races, the dimensions were 2 1/2 x 53 inches.

    • Splitter measurements for the 2017 package will be the same as those for the 2016 Kentucky and Michigan races, with a 3-inch reduction in the outboard (side) areas;

    • A tapered rear deck fin;

    • Net rear steer setting of zero.

    The aero changes are the next evolution of the platform first rolled out for select events in 2015. Mandatory for 2016, those changes reduced downforce (the pressure exerted on a vehicle as it moves through the air) from 2,700 pounds to approximately 2,000 pounds. The 2017 package is expected to reduce downforce by approximately 500 pounds, landing in the 1,500-pound range.

    "The objective there is to give the drivers, put the driving back in their hands a bit more … take less aero dependence off the car," Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Innovation and Racing Development, told NASCAR.com. "That's the big thing.

    "The amount we are taking off the front and the rear is the same proportion; we try to keep the balance of the car identical. So it's been taken off in the same proportion to maintain the balance of the car as it was last year."

    Safety enhancements, which include strengthening the interior driver compartment, will be mandatory for superspeedway events at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway and optional at the remaining venues for 2017.

    Officials previously announced thicker anti-intrusion plating where it already existed in the cockpit as well as additional plating in areas not currently covered. Toeboard foam will also be mandatory at superspeedways, as will the addition of a roof hatch.

    Changes to steering column mounting and the use of a garage-only fuel coupler (mandatory for all events) complete changes in the safety arena.

    "Basically … there is going to be a strengthened dash firewall; (on the) front left of the chassis there will be a piece zippered in; also in the back, near the rear clip, another piece that will be zippered in," Stefanyshyn told NASCAR.com. "The floorboard and toe board area will be made out of one piece, beefed up, also.

    "This has a couple of elements to it; one is to manage front crash, the other to manage if you are hit in the side."

    A stronger floorboard, with toe board foam, should lessen the odds of a driver involved in a hard impact suffering a broken limb.

    The fuel coupler designated for garage use only is intended to lessen spillage by more efficiently closing the valve upon disengagement. It is a safety as well as environmental initiative.

    The aero package for superspeedway races at Daytona and Talladega will remain unchanged, although there will be a decrease in restrictor plate size (from 57/64ths to 7/8ths of an inch) to combat increasing speeds at the two tracks.

    Additionally, the vehicle weight will increase by 20 pounds to accommodate structural changes to the cars.

    NASCAR will also reduce the tire allotment provided to teams next season and require teams to start the race on the tires used in qualifying.

    "We've been tracking tires for two or three years now and we see how many are purchased and how many remain," Stefanyshyn said. "We are seeing that there is an opportunity to trim some tires. … Also we're starting to creep up to trying to bring some strategy around the tires.

    "It's not a huge reduction, it's a comfortable reduction but it's kind of moving in that direction."

    Officials said unveiling the potential packages in advance, as was done in '15 at Kentucky and Darlington, and again in '16 at Kentucky and Michigan, provides the opportunity for optimum feedback.

    But those tracks are not locked in a "test" venues.

    "We're always looking at different ways to do things … we would hope that next year's package can be a continuation and a little bit more of a long-term, stable rules package," Scott Miller, Senior Vice President of Competition for the sanctioning body, said.

    "But nothing ever stays the same. Moving forward we will look at more efficient ways to potentially test possible packages for the future.

    "I think we did a good job the last few times with the races, that's really the best way to collect data in an actual event … hopefully we can get out in front of it even a little bit further and get a little bit more of a cross section of race tracks if we have some proposed new things."
     
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    I need to think on this for a spell, while I appreciate they taking downforce away, leaving it to the teams to get that back creates a whole lot of issues, like a P4 in the LIS lol,
     
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    I don't know man...they are so damned focused on all these aero rules to try to make the racing better...and while I'll admit that the poor racing is a big problem...it's only a drop in the bucket. For me...why my interest has waned recently...is more to do with the tracks that they run than the racing quality

    1. too many races on mile and a half tracks - Kansas X2, Texas X2, Charlotte X2, Chicagoland, Kentucky, Atlanta, Vegas, Homestead...almost a third of the races on 1.5s and THAT is where they're having they're biggest issue with poor racing

    2. too many races on the same tracks - Of the 22 tracks that NASCAR races at, 13 have 2 race dates...there isn't enough variety to keep people's interest

    3. the races are too long - in my opinion, there should only be 4 races that are 500 miles or longer...Daytona 500, Atlanta, Darlington, and Coke 600. Turn the 2 Dega races in to 400s...leave Homestead, Michigan, Pocono, Indy and Fontana at 400...all other mile and a halfs at 350...leave road courses, Martinsville, Bristol as they are...Richmond Phoenix Dover New Hampshire go to 300. Now before you skewer me on this one, think back to any race that is threatened to be shortened by rain...these are the most exciting races of the year. Why?...Because the teams know they can't just cruise around for 3 hours and then go for it in the last hour. If you compress that race distance down and give them less time to get to the front, track position becomes that much more important and everyone will have to try that much harder.

    4. Indy, Pocono, Michigan - these 5 races are almost unwatchable...in fact, this year, I didn't watch any of them...These big stock cars are not made for Indy and the racing is horrific...the only way to "fix" it is to put a whole bunch of banking in the corners and that isn't going to happen cuz then the Indycars couldn't race there. Pocono is such a long track that the field gets strung out so much and the races there are SOOOO long. And Michigan, since the repave is just too fast and there is too much grip so the racing is terrible. Bottom line...get out of Indy, get out of Pocono (or at the very least cut it down to one race) and take a break from Michigan for a few years until the asphalt weathers.
     
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    Cutting down on the downforce and curtain of air behind the cars should help the racing .

    In the races they ran this package this year , it completely altered how they ran the corners both by themselves and when side by side .

    Drivers actually had to drive the cars instead of just keeping the pedal to the medal .
     
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    Wont take the engineers to get the fownforce back in 17, same as this year, going to be a cat an mouse game,

    And we need to fix the mile and halfs!! Not sure how to do that. . . .
     

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