NASCAR 06: Total Team Control is the ninth installment of the EA Sports' NASCAR video game series. It was developed by EA Tiburon and released on August 30, 2005 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. The NTSC game cover features Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Chevy Monte Carlo and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Home Improvement Chevy Monte Carlo. The PAL region game cover features Kurt Busch in the #97 Irwin Industrial Tools Ford Taurus.
NASCAR 06 follows the series' recent tradition of being subtitled with the major new feature of that edition. Total Team Control derives from the new teammate features: one can switch control from their driver to another car on their team during a race, and can command the teammate to follow, block or work with the player. It also implements Logitech USB audio technology, allowing the player to order their crew chief with a headset or microphone. The rest of the game retains the modes and features brought into the series by NASCAR 2005: Chase for the Cup, making NASCAR 06 very similar to its predecessor.
The game received positive ratings from many reviewers who praised the new teamplay features, adding to an already abundant amount of content. It is likewise criticized by fans and reviewers for subpar graphics, unrealistic damage, and not making the strides to the series NASCAR 2005: Chase for the Cup did; John Davidson, a reviewer on 1UP, called the features "gratuitous" and believes that they "provide a constant feeling of detachment" from the racing experience.
While a large number of real drivers are present in the NEXTEL Cup Series, National Series (Busch Series), and Craftsman Truck Series in NASCAR 06: Total Team Control, fantasy drivers are still present, sponsored by fictional or unused sponsors. However, the Whelen Modified Tour is entirely made up of fantasy drivers.
Alcohol-related sponsors are removed from the game completely. Examples include:
The Dodge Challenges, formerly the Lightning Challenge of the previous three games, return with a new set of challenges. This mode allows users to relive NASCAR moments of 2004 and 1st part of 2005. Kenny Wallace, driver of the #22 Stacker 2 Ford in the Busch Series, is the commentator for all the challenges, replacing Michael Waltrip who had done it the last two games. Once you complete a challenge, you receive skill points that you can use to unlock Chase Plates, formerly Thunder Plates of the previous games as well. They range from simple tasks such as holding off other drivers for the win, to hard tasks such as getting your teammates in the top ten.
The Xbox version of this title has errors when played on the Xbox 360 Core. During network gameplay, with one Xbox 360 user hosting the game, and two others as clients, the host is randomly disconnected, and is unable to reconnect. But the game is rated highly by game sites such as IGN, and others.