2015 and beyond
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Greg Biffle speaks with the media during Media Week in Charlotte, North Carolina. Biffle spoke with The Racing Experts about the off-season and his plans past 2016.
While Greg Biffle’s team wasn’t one of the four teams who participated in the January 19 Goodyear tire test at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Biffle and his No. 16 team knew preparation during the off-season would be crucial for 2015.
With the Daytona 500 three weeks away, Biffle said the employees at Roush Fenway Racing would be focused on preparations for the upcoming season.
“With the no-testing rule policy coming into play, it’s really going to be a lot up to the simulation team and the guys in the shop to get these cars fast,” Biffle said to The Racing Experts at Kansas Speedway in October. [They’ll] look at what we need engineering-wise to get [the cars] down aerodynamically; that’s going to be a bigger factor [in 2015].”
Biffle enters 2015 as his 13th full-time year with Jack Roush’s team and as the organization’s most decorated driver statistically.
With horsepower reduction part of the new rules package for the Sprint Cup Series in 2015, the comparison is being made that NASCAR’s top-tier car may drive similarly to its Xfinity Series counterpart. So is there a chance we will see Biffle run races in NASCAR’s second-tier series in 2015?
Greg Biffle turns laps at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
“I don’t think so, there’s none on the horizon,” said Biffle, who hasn’t in the Xfinity Series since 2010. “We’ve got a couple unsponsored [Xfinity] cars now, so I don’t think we’re going to be fielding anymore at this point.”
Biffle’s primary focus is to make the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup field for the fourth consecutive season. The 45-year-old driver resigned last season with RFR through 2016.
As Jeff Gordon, who is two years younger than Biffle, announced his retirement at the conclusion of 2015 earlier this month, the stepping away from the sport conversation is one often brought up with older drivers in the series.
While Biffle still has a contract in place to keep him with RFR for at least two more seasons, it might be safe to say the 19-time Sprint Cup winner has more professional racing days behind him than ahead of him. Yet, when pressed if he plans on continuing racing past 2016, he wants to continue to participate at NASCAR’s top level, whether or not he is with the Roush organization in 2017 and beyond..
“I think so,” Biffle said of running in the Sprint Cup Series past 2016, adding “I don’t know what I’ll be doing when that time comes, but I plan on continuing to do something in the series.”