To bolster its teams' options as they prepare for the debut of the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racecar in 2013, the sanctioning body has secured two additional dates at Charlotte Motor Speedway – Dec. 11-12 and Jan. 17-18. “Daytona Preseason Thunder,” the annual three-day NASCAR Sprint Cup test session at Daytona, will be held Jan. 10-12.
These tests do not count against a team's 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series testing allotment. NASCAR announced last month that beginning next year, 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 of more optional test dates at a mile-and-half racetrack as we look to provide the most exciting and competitive racing that we possibly can.
“The 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.”