NASCAR's Gen 6 race car makes its Daytona International Speedway debut Thursday amid jubilation about its sportier look and jitters about how teams will adapt to the paradigm shift.
"It's going to be such a steep learning curve at testing to understand what kind of race we'll see in February," Jeff Gordon said. "It's exciting but also nerve-wracking for the unknown. It's going to be a lot of work to get ready for next season."
Sprint Cup teams will be focused on preparations for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 24 during the three-day Preseason Thunder test at the 2.5-mile track. Fans, meanwhile, will be fixated on the sleeker cars, which are designed to resemble their Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota showroom counterparts with more distinctive character lines and shapes than the previous Car of Tomorrow model that was much maligned for its homogenized appearance.