For those who think NASCAR's return to a blade spoiler on the Sprint Cup cars next weekend at Martinsville might deprive the Hendrick Motorsports teams of some of their edge, think again says Chad Knaus, crew chief for Jimmie Johnson's #48 Chevrolet.
Knaus views the change to a spoiler from a rear wing, which appeared in its last race in Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, as more of an opportunity than a speed bump in the path of the #48 team.
“It's going to be interesting,” Knaus promised Sunday, after Johnson won for the first time at Bristol and for the 50th time in his career. “We've played around a little bit at Rockingham, did some small testing there. Obviously, (we've) done a lot of aerodynamic research, simulation with the data that we've got for the spoiler.”
Cup teams will test with the new spoiler Tuesday and Wednesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the first full-field test on an intermediate track.
“It's a big, big change to the racecar,” Knaus said. “When we get to Charlotte Motor Speedway this week, it's going to be interesting to see what happens.
“I think when there's situations like this - a major rule change - with the strength we have at Hendrick Motorsports, with the people we've got, we typically adapt quicker than most people. So I'm looking forward to it.”
by Reid Spencer / Sporting News