For the second time this week, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams tested the Electronic Fuel Injection on the track, as 10 cars whirled around the 2.66-mile high banks of Talladega Superspeedway on Thursday.
Cars included two teams from Roush-Fenway Racing and Richard Childress Racing, one team from Hendrick Motorsports, Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Penske Racing, and Joe Gibbs Racing. If you recall teams tested the EFI earlier this week at Charlotte Motor Speedway. NASCAR has one more scheduled test at Martinsville Speedway before implementing them in the Cup Series beginning at Daytona 2012.
Teams testing opted to use the 7/8″ restrictor plate, the same size plate used during April’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at the track. NASCAR increased the restrictor plate opening by 1/64″ for this weekend’s event, with teams preparing and practicing with a 57/64″ size plate starting tomorrow.
NASCAR Vice President of Competition, Robin Pemberton, was pleased with the testing of the EFI at Talladega. Adding that NASCAR is “confident that with the partners we’ve selected, we will continue to have a level field of competition throughout the garage.” He also mentioned to the media that teams where given the option to experiment with a smaller spoiler for the last 30 minutes of the test session. When asked about the feedback, he said “Some of the early feedback that we received was that it might have been a little harder to hook up in the draft and a little harder to back into the car behind you. We’ll see what the information and data show us.”
“The test went really smooth,” said Paul Menard, 2011 Brickyard 400 winner. “I had no issues at all with the motor. I think they have worked through the growing pains and we have a really good product right now. If we had to go racing with the Electronic Fuel Injection right now, we’d feel pretty comfortable with it.”
2011 Daytona 500 winner, Trevor Bayne, posted the fastest lap of the session at 194.444 miles per hour. Bayne was atop of the leader board during Monday’s EFI test session as well.