HaasTooling.com Race: Cole Custer Phoenix Advance

Do you expect the racing to be much different with the new NextGen car in Phoenix this weekend compared to the Gen 6 car last November?

“Honestly, I think it will be similar. I think it’s a car that should do pretty well on short tracks. Phoenix, obviously, you have a bit of aero effects there, so it’ll be a bit more interesting to see how dirty air works and stuff like that. But, overall, I think it will be quite similar to what it has been in the past. I think one thing that people wonder a bit about is the dogleg, how the car is going to handle there and if you’re going to use the apron at all. As we have seen on these other circuits, they don’t like going over bumps well.

How much do you think you can get from the race this weekend to the race in November this year?

“You will certainly be able to take some things with you. Obviously, we’ve already run a test there, so we have an idea of ​​what we’re looking for. That car and what we’re thinking about is going to change a lot between now and November, but you’ll still have that baseline from Phoenix’s first race and that’s where the championship is, so there’s still going to be a lot of emphasis So.”

How different is it to enter and exit pit lane with the NextGen car, so far?

“You can definitely come into your pit harder and get on pit road harder with the car’s bigger brakes, but the most important thing is also to get used to the speed of the guys. I think they’re a few seconds faster than before so it’s really impressive just got used to it and also leaving the pit how much you can push it how you want to rev the engine so just little things here and there .

You’ve had a solid race car in the first three races so far. What would you attribute this good start to, apart from the mechanical problem in Las Vegas last weekend?

“I think it’s just a matter of trust in our people. We have a lot of great people at Stewart-Haas Racing who have worked extremely hard on this new car, trying to get ahead of it. So I think we hit the ground running this season. It’s about getting our organization back on the path to victory, where we belong. It wasn’t the year any of us wanted last year, so I think we’re on the right track to bounce back.


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