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NASCAR bans all testing not related to Next Gen car

NASCAR Testing  Dover International Speedway

DOVER, DE - MAY 13: Casey Mears driver of the #13 Geico Chevrolet sits in his car as his crew works around him during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series open test in preparation for the Fedex 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on May 13, 2015 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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NASCAR announced Tuesday that it has banned all testing not directly related to the Next Gen car until further notice.

This includes but is not limited to wind tunnels (full and scale models), climatic tunnels, 7/8 posters, K&C rigs (static and dynamic) and driver simulators, etc. NASCAR confirmed that the simulation ban does not include eSports and iRacing.

NASCAR states that shutting down the testing allows the industry to be socially conscious and not feel like they’re putting themselves at a competitive disadvantage during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Next Gen car is scheduled to debut next season.