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Focus On Gen-6 Car As NASCAR's Media Tour Revs Up With Detroit, ESPN Visits
Published February 6, 2013
STYLE & SUBSTANCE: In Detroit, David Goricki notes NASCAR President Mike Helton is hoping the new Gen-6 car "adds the showroom style to the NASCAR Sprint Cup series." The new car "showcases manufacturer-unique body panels placed on existing chassis, enhanced body designs that better resembles the cars found in showrooms across the U.S., and a design that puts the 'stock' back to stock car racing." Helton said, "(We also want to) build the identity of a driver with that race car, so the name across the top of the windshield is something that's out there" (DETROIT NEWS, 2/6). In South Carolina, Bob Spear writes "vibes remain good" ahead of the Gen-6 car's debut at the Feb. 24 Daytona 500. Guarded optimism "surrounds the cast, yet the stock-car racing fraternity won’t know -- really know -- until the curtain rises and a couple of performances provide concrete answers." Spear: "Is the ballyhooed Generation 6 car the antidote to dull racing, shrinking attendance and lower television ratings?" (Columbia STATE, 2/6).