Wednesday, November 07, 2012

NASCAR Adds Two New Sprint Cup Test Dates

Preparations for the rollout of the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race car continue, and NASCAR has added two additional testing dates at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Dec. 11/12 and Jan. 17/18 as an option for those teams that want to supplement their test schedules.

Daytona Preseason Thunder, the annual three-day NASCAR Sprint Cup test session at Daytona International Speedway, will be held Jan. 10-12.
These tests do not count against a team’s 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test allotment. The sanctioning body announced last month that next season, Sprint Cup Series teams will be permitted to conduct up to four tests per organization at tracks that host series events.
“We’ve put together an aggressive and extensive testing schedule for the new car and we are pleased with how things are progressing,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR Vice President of Competition. “We have the opportunity to provide teams with a couple more optional test dates at a mile and half race track as we look to provide the most exciting and competitive racing that we possibly can. Daytona Preseason Thunder testing will give teams the chance to prepare their cars for Speedweeks and the running of the Daytona 500. The new car has generated a lot of excitement and anticipation and we’re looking forward to seeing it in competition next year.”


  1. Let's cut through the NASCAR spin - the new car is way behind schedule and they need more tests because NASCAR made some rear deck changes after earlier tests showed the need for more, not less, downforce.

    I have zero expectations for this "new" car because NASCAR has shown it won't get anything right.

  2. One surprising development, though - in the Charlotte test NASCAR tested smaller spacers in the engine - one cut HP by 100, the other by 200 - speeds fell by some ten or more MPH. NASCAR may test the smaller spacer more.