NASCAR announced Tuesday that it has banned all testing not directly related to the Next Gen car until further notice.
This includes but is not limited to wind tunnels (full and scale models), climatic tunnels, 7/8 posters, K&C rigs (static and dynamic) and driver simulators, etc. NASCAR confirmed that the simulation ban does not include eSports and iRacing.
NASCAR states that shutting down the testing allows the industry to be socially conscious and not feel like they’re putting themselves at a competitive disadvantage during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Next Gen car is scheduled to debut next season.
— Josh Hamilton (@joshahamilton) March 17, 2020
Was supposed to go drive the sim this afternoon but that’s canceled too. My schedules getting real thin around here lately pic.twitter.com/6jakdNKGaJ
— Alex Bowman (@AlexBowman88) March 17, 2020