Earnhardt Jr. Wants Changes to COT

There are 14 comments on the May 8, 2007, The Associated Press story titled Earnhardt Jr. Wants Changes to COT . In it, The Associated Press reports that:

“They were open to suggestions on the wing versus the spoiler and all the other things when they were building the car and they implemented those”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has used his clout to get things changed in NASCAR before. His next target is the Car of Tomorrow. A day after struggling with the new-look car at Richmond International Raceway, Earnhardt Jr. called on NASCAR to make it easier to turn and handle.

'It's going to take some time to figure it out, but right now it's about the most frustrating thing I've had to deal with in this sport, and I've had to deal with some pretty frustrating things,' Earnhardt said Monday.

Junior was running in the top 10 for much of Sunday's race until Jeff Green spun him. He finished 13th, but claims he knew he didn't have a car that would win. Jimmie Johnson's victory gave Hendrick Motorsports four wins in four races with the new car, which is being phased in this season and could be used in every race by 2008. Read more

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red

Snow Hill, NC

#1 May 8, 2007
WELL NASCAR WILL LOOK AT THIS NOW YOU THAT IF A EARNHARDT DONT LIKE SOMETHING NASCAR WILL BREAK THERE NECKS TO HELP THEM
bigcat2tame

United States

#3 May 8, 2007
red wrote:
WELL NASCAR WILL LOOK AT THIS NOW YOU THAT IF A EARNHARDT DONT LIKE SOMETHING NASCAR WILL BREAK THERE NECKS TO HELP THEM
Shows what you know about NASCAR. Now that Sr. is gone NASCAR is screwing Jr as much as they can. They now he won't speak out like his old man. The COT was made by Hendrick and it will change when Hendrick wants it to change
WWENASCAR

Trumbull, CT

#4 May 9, 2007
What makes me laugh is that people still call these things (COT) a stockcar and refer to them as Fords and Chevys.

“Got My Jimmie On !”

Since: Apr 07

The Desert

#5 May 9, 2007
NASCAR will not change anything just because the #8 doesnt like it!...Get real....Rebel
TB CHIEF

Decatur, IL

#6 May 10, 2007
In all fairness I don't think Junior is only one that feels there are changes needed with the new cars. The announcers even said sunday that the cars do not handle well. I think Junior is the only one speaking up about it. Just ask Jeff Green what he thinks. Hell I think he caused three wrecks because his car would'nt turn. Kyle Bush even said he did'nt like the new car and that came after he won the race at Bristol.
Combustible

Fort Worth, TX

#7 May 10, 2007
TB CHIEF wrote:
In all fairness I don't think Junior is only one that feels there are changes needed with the new cars. The announcers even said sunday that the cars do not handle well. I think Junior is the only one speaking up about it. Just ask Jeff Green what he thinks. Hell I think he caused three wrecks because his car would'nt turn. Kyle Bush even said he did'nt like the new car and that came after he won the race at Bristol.
That poor wall on Turn 4 at Darlington is going to get knocked down this weekend. The COT's are not handling well, get tight, very little side bite and are difficult to turn after tires get worn. Ought to see a lot of cars on the tow trucks this week.

Another concern is the amount of air getting into the air dam to cool these cars. So far, they have run the cars at the shorter tracks. Just wondering how the cars are going to fare at places like Pocono, Michigan, Indianapolis...where you are in the gas for longer periods of time. After we cook a dozen or so cars, there will be changes to the splitter and front air dam to cool these monsters down.
TB CHIEF

Decatur, IL

#8 May 10, 2007
Combustible wrote:
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That poor wall on Turn 4 at Darlington is going to get knocked down this weekend. The COT's are not handling well, get tight, very little side bite and are difficult to turn after tires get worn. Ought to see a lot of cars on the tow trucks this week.
Another concern is the amount of air getting into the air dam to cool these cars. So far, they have run the cars at the shorter tracks. Just wondering how the cars are going to fare at places like Pocono, Michigan, Indianapolis...where you are in the gas for longer periods of time. After we cook a dozen or so cars, there will be changes to the splitter and front air dam to cool these monsters down.
Nice post! I agree totally that Darlington will be one tough test for these cars and drivers. It may be one of those times where say "You gotta drive the car slower to go faster". Hope they bring alot of tires!

Since: May 07

Beallsville, MD

#9 May 10, 2007
The whole COT concept just rankles me. The entire premise of NASCAR was to pit STOCK CARS against one another...Ford vs Chevy vs Dodge vs Pontiac vs Plymouth vs Buick, etc, etc...

I totally understand building custom race cars for increased performance and safety; however, the appeal of this sport over IRL or CART or any Formula car is that we can relate what we like to drive to what races on the track!!

That old saying of winning on Sunday equals sales on Monday was based in fact. In addition, the car manufacturers had incentive to invest in body aero research to help their racing efforts....remember the "aero" Monte Carlo SS of the late 80's? The Plymouth "Superbird"?

With the advent of the common body template and now this cookie cutter COT, NASCAR is heading down the path to erasing the very marketable "loyalty" aspect of NASCAR fans.

If Ford doesn't make a 2 door Taurus to race, then I want to see a 4 door body on Ford race cars!! If Chevy doesn't make changes to the Monte Carlo or Impala to increase it's drivability at Talledega, then they lose to Ford or Dodge...

Oh...and screw Toyota. North American Stock Car Racing means the manufacturer is NORTH AMERICAN...not just the factories. Plus...there is no 2 door Camry...and it doesn't come with a V8....etc, etc, etc...

Let the car builders make the frames to NASCAR specs...but make the body template match the current or previous year showroom body...AND...make the engine blocks have to be OEM from the same body maker.

I don't care about "parity" in racing...let's make NASCAR continue to be unique in the racing world...directly linked to showroom vehicles that you and I can purchase.
TB CHIEF

Decatur, IL

#10 May 10, 2007
NASCAR like it was wrote:
The whole COT concept just rankles me. The entire premise of NASCAR was to pit STOCK CARS against one another...Ford vs Chevy vs Dodge vs Pontiac vs Plymouth vs Buick, etc, etc...
I totally understand building custom race cars for increased performance and safety; however, the appeal of this sport over IRL or CART or any Formula car is that we can relate what we like to drive to what races on the track!!
That old saying of winning on Sunday equals sales on Monday was based in fact. In addition, the car manufacturers had incentive to invest in body aero research to help their racing efforts....remember the "aero" Monte Carlo SS of the late 80's? The Plymouth "Superbird"?
With the advent of the common body template and now this cookie cutter COT, NASCAR is heading down the path to erasing the very marketable "loyalty" aspect of NASCAR fans.
If Ford doesn't make a 2 door Taurus to race, then I want to see a 4 door body on Ford race cars!! If Chevy doesn't make changes to the Monte Carlo or Impala to increase it's drivability at Talledega, then they lose to Ford or Dodge...
Oh...and screw Toyota. North American Stock Car Racing means the manufacturer is NORTH AMERICAN...not just the factories. Plus...there is no 2 door Camry...and it doesn't come with a V8....etc, etc, etc...
Let the car builders make the frames to NASCAR specs...but make the body template match the current or previous year showroom body...AND...make the engine blocks have to be OEM from the same body maker.
I don't care about "parity" in racing...let's make NASCAR continue to be unique in the racing world...directly linked to showroom vehicles that you and I can purchase.
Very good post! Also they say the COT cars are safer than the old ones. Does that mean the Impala is the safest car Chevy has? Do Nascar features make it to street car versions? A new safety feature for sure should make it to a stock car.
red

Snow Hill, NC

#11 May 10, 2007
what does this mean is if jr not happy then nascar will change the rules
TB CHIEF

Decatur, IL

#12 May 10, 2007
red wrote:
what does this mean is if jr not happy then nascar will change the rules
It is just a Earnhardt hater that thinks he gets special treatment just like the Gordon Haters think Hendrick gets it too. Just ignore it.
nola

Jackson, MS

#13 May 11, 2007
I agree with TB CHIEF Earnhart and Gordon are the same except Gordon fans are smart enough to drink the beer ,Earnhart fans lost the directions for opening a flip top can
TB CHIEF

Decatur, IL

#14 May 11, 2007
red wrote:
what does this mean is if jr not happy then nascar will change the rules
Just where in this article does it say one thing about changing any rules? Changing a design on a car has nothing to do with the rules so you need to stop reading things into this that are not there. Even the announcers were commenting on how the drivers were having trouble with the handling of the COT cars.

“Racing = Life”

Since: May 07

Hutch

#15 May 16, 2007
I find these COT's to be a load of bull. Their completely ridiculous. I've been looking around and to some peoples suprise...Hendrick drivers even complain about the COT cars.

For Instance Jimmie Johnson. When he was asked about them here's what he said.

CAR OF TOMORROW: "We lost probably 30 to 40 percent of the handling of the car going from the current car to the new car, and not looking at the time sheet to find out where you're ranked but just going off of fuel alone you feel terrible, you feel slow. I've been guilty of this a few times where I go out on the track ... and I'm like,'This thing is terrible,' and all I know is what I felt last year at that track and what I felt for the last six years and then I come in and look at the board and I'm third on the board and running competitive times and it's like,'Really? I'm good after that?' So that's probably the hardest thing to deal with."

The handling of these cars are just bogus.
So I agree with Jr. Something needs to be done with the stinkin cars.

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