The Nationwide Series Car Of Tomorrow made its debut on Monday at a test at Richmond International Raceway, and thus far, the driver response has been positive.
Carl Edwards told ESPN:
I hadn’t seen the car all finished and sitting on the ground. It’s good. It drives really well. It feels a lot like the car we’re racing now. Compared to when we first ran the Car of Tomorrow in the [Sprint] Cup series, this is a lot smaller change for us to go to this car.
According to NASCAR.com, five teams represented the four manufacturers: Roush Fenway Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, and Richard Childress Racing. Drivers that tested the cars include Bryan Clauson, Carl Edwards, David Ragan, David Reutimann, Morgan Shepard, David Stremme, and Scott Wimmer.
Wimmer said, in the NASCAR.com article:
I’m excited about the car. [There are] a lot of real positive things right now. We’ve been running through the normal things we do at a test and it’s responding well.
The Nationwide COT will have a 110 inch wheelbase, the same as the Sprint Cup COT. This also will allow current Nationwide Series components to be brought forward in an effort to contain costs. The new car will also use a conventional spring suspension instead of bump stops.
To see images of the N’Wide COT, visit Jayski’s 2008 Richmond COT Testing Page.