NASCAR’s typical All-Star Race experimentation is being turned up a notch for the 2020 event, which will be held at Bristol Motor Speedway for the first time and will introduce the Cup Series to a choose cone rule. The numbers on the side panels of the cars also will be pushed back closer to the rear wheels.
So why not take it step further and make the Chevys, Fords and Toyotas on the track look like they’ve been through an episode of MTV’s “Pimp My Ride”?
On Thursday, shortly after a photo of what appeared to be a generic Ford Mustang Cup car featuring blue underbody glow surfaced on Reddit, NASCAR announced its Cup Series cars in the July 15 All-Star Race will feature underbody lights.
This photo from Front Row last weem got me thinking about how cool it would be to see things like that would work for a night race. Guess we’ll see soon. pic.twitter.com/ElpN9dIE8J
— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisNHL) July 9, 2020
According to a report from automotive writer Bozi Tatarevic, Fords will feature blue underbody glow. Toyota underbody glow will be red, and Chevy underbody glow will be amber. The report also noted “LED strips will be mounted in a rectangular fashion around the fuel cell area and will illuminate the underside of the rear of the car.
“These strips are fairly thin and light and will not impact the performance of the cars in any fashion,” Tatarevic wrote. “The complete light assembly is set to weigh less than 6 ounces and pull a small amount of current.”
The NASCAR All-Star Race was moved from Charlotte Motor Speedway to Bristol Motor Speedway amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It will mark the first time the world’s fastest half-mile has hosted the All-Star Race and just the second time it has been held outside of Charlotte.
NASCAR recently announced the All-Star Race will feature a choose cone rule, which are used for non-NASCAR short track races around the country.
During a caution, the choose cone rule allow drivers to choose the lane in which they want to restart. NASCAR only gives that option to the driver in first place; everybody else must restart based on their position, with odd numbers on the inside and even numbers on the outside.
The choose cone rule could eliminate some shenanigans on pit road where drivers try to jostle for position based on the lane in which they want to restart.
As for the experimental car number placement at the All-Star Race, per NASCAR, it “comes at the request of the teams, who will use the newfound prime real estate for sponsorship integrations.”