SEEKING TO curb costs, increase safety and promote more competitive racing,
NASCAR's research and development department unveils the Car of Tomorrow. All
teams are required to field cars conforming to the new specs at 16 races in
'07, starting at Bristol on March 25.
NEW DESIGN features a taller, wider roll cage that provides more room and
protection in the cockpit; a smaller, better protected fuel tank; and a rear
wing that, coupled with a "splitter" under the front bumper, offers
adjustable aerodynamics that should make for closer racing.
WHAT A RIDE
SURE, THERE HAVE BEEN DOMINANT DRIVERS AND LANDMARK RACES, ALL DULY NOTED HERE,
BUT NASCAR HAS A LOT MORE PER SONALITY THAN THAT. FROM MONKEY BUSINESS TO
INFIELD SLUGFESTS TO HOLLYWOOD EMBARRASSMENTS, THE SPORT HAS RACED ITS WAY INTO
On a beach and road course in Daytona, Red Byron (below), driving a Ford, wins
NASCAR's first race.
Glenn Dunnaway finishes first in the opening race of NASCAR's inaugural
series--then called Strictly Stock--at the Charlotte Fairgrounds Speedway.
After the event NASCAR inspectors find that the springs on his car were
illegally modified and disqualify him. Runner-up Jim Roper is declared the
Tim Flock wins at Hickory Speedway in Newton, N.C., with a rhesus monkey named
Jocko Flocko (above) riding shotgun.
At Raleigh Speedway, a rock flies through the window of Flock's car and hits
Jocko, who goes berserk, forcing Flock to make an unscheduled pit stop for
"monkey problems." Flock recovers to finish third, but the monkey
Al Keller wins a 100-mile road race in Linden, N.J., driving a Jaguar, the
first victory by a foreign car in NASCAR history.
Paul Goldsmith wins the final race at Daytona's Beach and Road Course.
Richard Petty makes his NASCAR debut, placing sixth in a 100-mile convertible
race in Columbia, S.C.