Before the Race
Before the race Construct
Every car raced by Hendrick Motorsports is built in one facility that services all four of the organization’s teams. The car is constructed as a basic chassis and body at Hendrick Motorsports and the parts that get assembled on the chassis are sent through a rigorous quality control check. From there, everything else on the car is customized. The paint, set-up and assembly of the car are based on NASCAR’s standards and the type of track for which the car was built. The team maintains around 12 cars in its racing stable – each geared for either short tracks, superspeedways, intermediates or road courses.
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Before the race Maintain
The life span of each No. 5 Chevrolet depends on multiple variables. A car designated for road courses is only used twice a year,so with just a few annual modifications, it could be raced for several years. Cars engineered for superspeedways and intermediate tracks are only practical for one season. Even if a car does manage to complete the entire season with minimal damage, it could be deemed obsolete the following year as the team works closely with General Motors to continuously improve technology.
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Before the race Test
Through the use of computer programs, the Farmers crew is able to model the race car, build sheets for upcoming races and review the vehicle dynamics of geometries and setups. Now that the season is underway, the team has a much better understanding of the small nuances of the Gen6 car and how they can make adjustments to be the quickest and most consistent car on track.