NASCAR to Implement Car of Tomorrow in 2008

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NASCAR will use the Car of Tomorrow exclusively in 2008, one year earlier than planned.

The COT was scheduled to run 16 races this season and be phased into competition during the next two years. But costs skyrocketed while car owners tried to maintain two programs.

NASCAR said Tuesday that it will move up the date if teams agreed. Competition director Robin Pemberton says the majority of car owners actually said that now that the car is up and running, it doesn't make sense to have two parallel programs moving forward.

The COT was a seven-year project by NASCAR to design a universal car that is safer, less expensive and better for racing. It's been used in five events this season, all won by drivers for Hendrick Motorsports. The next COT race is June 3 in Dover.

Most drivers have been critical of the COT, complaining about its handling and calling it difficult to drive, but they prefer going to one program.

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