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  • Gen-6 car more competitive so far: Through nine races, the on-track action with the Gen-6 is much improved from a year ago, when fans were screaming about how boring NASCAR had become. The races haven't been perfect, but there's been no shortage of story lines and few runaway wins. "I'm telling you, whoever designed this new car, we should kiss `em every weekend. It's creating drama," #15-Clint Bowyer said after Saturday night's race at Richmond. "We haven't seen racing like this in years, since I first started in this sport (in 2004). When you can leave a race track and there's people in tears because they won, and in tears because they got crashed, that's what brings us to the race track, that kind of racing and determination and passion." The idea behind the Gen-6 was to improve the racing on intermediate tracks, where it was unwatchable at times last year. The problems were never more glaring than Memorial Day weekend, when just hours after one of the most exciting Indianapolis 500's in history, NASCAR staged a nearly four-hour snoozefest at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Only nine cars were on the lead lap of the Coca-Cola 600 when Kasey Kahne beat Denny Hamlin to the finish line by a whopping 4.295 seconds. The racing hasn't been so monotonous this year and the statistics back it up after nine races:
    - There have been 1,203 more green flag passes throughout the field.
    - The average margin of victory is .634 seconds, compared to 1.759 seconds last year.
    - There are 49.9 percent of the cars finishing on the lead lap this year, up from 38.2 last year.
    - The percentage of cars running at the finish of the race is up 3 percent to 83.2.
    The next test is Talladega, where everyone is waiting to see how the car performs. The two-car tandem racing of the last several years was widely panned by fans, and NASCAR eliminated it last year with changes to the rules package. But the result was a wreckfest last May in which Stewart shredded the product in post-race and suggested a radical tongue-in-cheek change to the racing, making the track "a figure 8. And/or we can stop at halfway, make a break, and turn around and go backwards the rest of the way. Then with 10 to go, we split the field in half and half go the regular direction and half of them go backwards."(Associated Press)(4-30-2013)

  • Manufacturers' logos added to windshield of cars: During Autoweek's Racing Conference held Tuesday in Detroit, NASCAR announced a further enhancement to the new Gen-6 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) cars that puts even more focus on manufacturer identity. In addition to displaying the names of the drivers on the Gen-6 car windshield, there will also be manufacturer identification present on either side of the driver's name. The roundtable, town hall-style conference featured a panel that included NASCAR President Mike Helton, NASCAR VP of Competition Robin Pemberton and NASCAR VP of Brand, Consumer and Series Marketing Kim Brink, as well as executives from Chevrolet SS, Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry. "I want to confirm that in addition to adding the name of the driver on the windshield, we're adding the badge of the manufacturer to each side of the driver's name," said Helton. "We believe this will help build the identity of the driver with the race car and their relationship with the manufacturer." The Motor City was the kickoff of "NASCAR's #Gen6 Road to Daytona Fueled by Sunoco," a multi-city tour introducing the Gen-6 race cars and generating excitement for the 2013 NASCAR season. Gen-6 will make its on-track debut during the non-points The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX and culminates with the 55th running of the season-opening Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX.(NASCAR)(2-5-2013)

  • 2013 Daytona Preseason Thunder - Day 3, afternoon: Single runs continued in the Day 3 afternoon session of Daytona Preseason Thunder testing at Daytona International Speedway, the final day of testing at DIS. #16-Biffle was the fastest at 194.936mph, the fastest single car run of the three-day test. #20-Kenseth was 2nd fastest followed by #18-Busch, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #42-Montoya, #39-Newman, #99-Edwards, #14-Stewart, #10-Patrick, #48-Johnson; 11th was #21-Bayne, #13-Mears, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #38-Wise and #83-Kvapil/Reutimann. 15 cars made runs in the afternoon session. There were no incidents.
    See speeds, number of laps run, best 10 consecutive lap ave and more on the Daytona Testing Speeds - Day 3 afternoon session speeds page pdf.(1-12-2013)

  • 2013 Daytona Preseason Thunder - Day 3, morning: Single runs continued in the Day 3 morning session of Daytona Preseason Thunder testing at Daytona International Speedway, the final day of testing at DIS. #20-Kenseth was the fastest at 194.062mph followed by #21-Bayne, #10-Patrick, #27-Menard, #14-Stewart, #33-Dillon, #31-Burton, #16-Biffle, #18-Busch and #39-Newman. 21 teams/drivers tested in the morning session. Reports have the following teams leaving after the morning session: #78-Busch, #27-Manard, #29-Harvick, #31-Burton, #33-Dillon.
    See speeds, number of laps and more on the Daytona Testing Speeds - Day 3 morning session speeds page pdf.(1-12-2013)

  • 2013 Daytona Preseason Thunder - Day 2, afternoon: Drafting runs in packs of as many of 20 cars were done for the first hour of practice with #21-Bayne being the fastest in the pack with a speed of 199.850mph. But about an hour into the drafting test, #9-Ambrose was 2nd in the pack with #88-Earnhardt Jr. behind the #9. The #9 got loose or came down and the #88 tapped the #9, spinning the #9. #1-McMurray hit the #9 and spun, collecting #2-Keselowski, #5-Kahne, #18-Busch, #22=Logano, #43-Almirola, #51-Smith and #99-Edwards; a total of 10 cars. After the wreck, no one else. Testing still has three hours to go, the drivers/cars left, will continue to test, probably single car runs, but there will be 8-10 less cars testing.
    SPEEDS fastest in the afternoon session was #21-Bayne at 199.650mph followed by #22-Logano, #56-Truex Jr,, #55-Martin, #99-Edwards, #43-Almirola, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #16-Biffle, #18-Busch and #13-Mears. The first 22 cars drafted. #29-Harvick was the fastest in single car runs at 193.150mph.
    See speeds, number of laps and more on the Daytona Testing Speeds - Day 2 afternoon session speeds page pdf.(1-11-2013)

  • 2013 Daytona Preseason Thunder - Day 2, morning: Single runs continued in the Day 2 morning session of Daytona Preseason Thunder testing at Daytona International Speedway. #31-Burton was the fastest at 194.805mph followed by #29-Harvick, #27-Menard, #20-Kenseth, #16-Biffle, #18-Busch, #78-Busch, #9-Ambrose, #10-Patrick and #33-Dillon. 34 teams/drivers tested on Friday. #83-Kvapil joined the test and #11-Hamlin is not testing Friday/Saturday. Darafting testing is expected in the Day 2 afternoon session for some drivers/team. #36-Blaney wrecked midway thru the AM practice, doing damage to the right front of the car. Tommy Baldwin Racing didn't have a backup and will not test anymore on Friday/Saturday.
    See speeds, number of laps and more on the Daytona Testing Speeds - Day 2 morning session speeds page pdf.(1-11-2013)

  • 2013 Daytona Preseason Thunder - Day 1, afternoon: Speeds picked up a bit as four drivers ran in a draft late in the afternoon session in the day 1 of Daytona Preseason Thunder testing at Daytona International Speedway. #11-Hamlin was the fastest in the 4-car pack at 195.712mph, followed by #20-Kenseth, #18-Gibbs and #55-Martin. The rest of the cars were single car runs with #31-Burton fastest (5th overall) at 194.620 then #27-Menard, #10-Patrick, #9-Ambrose, #15-Bowyer and #43-Almarola. 34 teams/drivers tested on Thursday. See speeds, nymber of laps and more on the Daytona Testing Speeds - Day 1 afternoon session speeds page pdf.(1-10-2013)

  • 2013 Daytona Preseason Thunder - Day 1, morning speeds: #20-Matt Kenseth was the fastest in the day 1 morning session of Daytona Preseason Thunder. Kenseth ran a fast lap of 192.757mph in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. 34 cars made single lap runs at Daytona International Speedway. Team did not run in packs or do any drafting. #9-Ambrose was 2nd fastest, followed by #10-Patrick, #31-Burton, #27-Menard, #15-Bowyer, #18-Busch, #24-Gordon, #42-Montoya and #33-Dillon. See speeds, nymber of laps and more on the Daytona Testing Speeds - Day 1 morning session speeds page pdf.(1-10-2013)

  • Charlotte testing Day2 speeds and updates: Several NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will continue to test their new 2013 cars at Charlotte Motor Speedway Wednesday, Dec. 12. Fans are invited to view the two-day test session from the grandstands, free of charge. Testing will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a break for lunch at noon. Each day, the Ford Grandstand on the front stretch will open at 8:30 a.m. for the public to enjoy the on-track debut of the new 2013 cars. Fans should enter through gate 5B, by the main ticket office.(CMS)(12-7/12-2012)
    Drivers / Cars Scheduled to test at Charlotte include:
    #2-Brad Keselowski, #22-Joey Logano, #11-Denny Hamlin, #20-Matt Kenseth, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #5-Kasey Kahne, #24-Regan Smith (testing for Hendrick), #31-Jeff Burton, #27-Austin Dillon (testing for RCR), #29-Kevin Harvick, #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, #9-Marcos Ambrose, #39-Ryan Newman, #13-Casey Mears #47-Bobby Labonte, #21-Trevor Bayne. Notes, Images and videos are being posted on Charlotte Motor Speedway's twitter and some retweets on Jayski's Twitter.
    NOTES: In the morning session on the 2nd day, #11-Denny Hamlin wrecked about 30 minutes into the test session. See an image of the car at Jeff Wackerlin/SPEED Twitter. Sixteen cars are testing with #9-Ambrose testing instead of #43-Almirola.(12-12-2012)
    AM Speeds for Wednesday 2nd session:
    #5-Kahne 193.771
    #20-Kenseth 193.050
    #29-Harvick 192.458
    #42-Montoya 192.020
    #24-Smith 191.435
    The current track record of 193.708, just set in Oct by #16-Biffle.
    There is one final session scheduled this afternoon, if the rain holds off.
    See Day 2 morning speeds on the CMS Day 2 Morning Test Session Speeds page (pdf).
    SPEEDS for the rain shortened Day 2 afternoon session:
    #5-Kasey Kahne 193.112
    #20-Matt Kenseth 191.993
    #24-Regan Smith 191.510
    #27-Austin Dillon 191.442
    #29-Kevin Harvick 190.981
    The afternoon session on Day 2 was rained out after around 30 minutes due to rain. See Day 2 afternoon speeds on the CMS Day 2 Afternoon Test Session Speeds page (pdf).
    UPDATE: On Day 1 of the final 2012 test for the new sixth-generation race car, the drivers had their say as they turned laps around the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway. Today, it was the crew chiefs' turn. Enthusiasm for the design and performance of the new car extends beyond just the drivers. "This car is the perfect example of technology helping our sport," said Steve Letarte, crew chief of the #88 National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevy. "I think we now have three makes out here that my little boy at nine-years old can tell the difference between. I think that is the goal  that anybody can walk through the parking lot and see a Chevy, a Ford and a Toyota and know that they are different. That's really what it comes down to  if you're into racing you want to watch cool cars go around the track. I think the simple fact is in 2013 we have cooler cars."
    The look of the new sixth-generation car has been a hit and so has the performance of the new car. Drivers experienced speeds on Tuesday that have the potential to break the current qualifying record at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as the speed chart topped the 193-mile-per-hour range. "It felt fast and I knew where my throttle was, so I knew it was as fast as I have ever been around this track" said Kasey Kahne. "I just think this car goes around the corner quicker."
    Fresh off his trip to Germany and Kuwait with the USO, Joey Logano is beginning to get used to his new surroundings, and it never hurts to have current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Brad Keselowski as your new teammate with Penske Racing. "He won the championship, so he's pretty good" joked Logano. "It's really cool to have a teammate that's a student of the sport, who really studies it and will push me to do things differently. I think the coolest thing that Brad is able to do is he's able to think outside of the box  like way outside the box."
    After potential record-breaking speeds throughout both test sessions, rain cut the afternoon short. Teams will have two more open tests before the beginning of the 2013 season starting with Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway Jan. 10-12. The sixth-generation car will return to Charlotte Motor Speedway Jan. 17-18, when the teams will have their final opportunity to test the car before Speedweeks in Daytona.(NASCAR)(12-12-2012)

  • Charlotte testing Day 1: Several NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will test their new 2013 cars at Charlotte Motor Speedway this coming Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 11 and 12. As part of a special off-season treat, race fans are invited to view the two-day test session from the grandstands, free of charge. Teams expected to participate in the test include Hendrick Motorsports, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Penske Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Stewart-Haas Racing and Wood Brothers Racing. Testing will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a break for lunch at noon. Each day, the Ford Grandstand on the frontstretch will open at 8:30 a.m. for the public to enjoy the on-track debut of the new 2013 cars. Fans should enter through gate 5B, by the main ticket office.(CMS)(12-7/11-2012)
    Drivers / Cars Scheduled to test at Charlotte include:
    #2-Brad Keselowski, #22-Joey Logano, #11-Denny Hamlin, #20-Matt Kenseth, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #5-Kasey Kahne, #24-Regan Smith (testing for Hendrick), #31-Jeff Burton, #27-Austin Dillon (testing for RCR), #29-Kevin Harvick, #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, #43-Aric Almirola and Marcos Ambrose, #39-Ryan Newman, #13-Casey Mears #47-Bobby Labonte. Notes, Images and videos are being posted on Charlotte Motor Speedway's twitter.(12-11-2012)
    Top five from the morning test session at Charlotte:
    #31-Burton 190.833 was the fasest, followed by #29-Harvick, #27-Austin Dillon, #5-Kahne and #22-Logano
    (Bob Pockrass/Twitter/Sporting News)(12-11-2012)
    Afternoon Speeds: Regan Smith, driving the #24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy, was the fastest in Tuesday's afternoon test session of the 2013 cars with a speed of 190.215mph, followed by #11-Hamlin, #20-Kenseth, #29-Harvick and #42-Montoya. #43-Almirola, who was 15th fastest, ran the most laps at 118. See the speeds for all 16 cars/drivers on the CMS Afternoon Test Session Results page (pdf).
    AND Dale Earnhardt Jr., the sport's 10-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Most Popular Driver, ran his first laps in the new sixth-generation race car. His review of the 2013 Chevrolet SS. It's a must see. "The car has really awesome potential," Earnhardt said during testing Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "The cars that you see in the garage; you'll stand there and see Fords and Toyotas and Chevrolets driving by. It's great because everything looks different, everything is instantly recognizable."
    At Charlotte Motor Speedway today, 16 cars participated in the last open test session of the year. Fans and media were treated to all three manufacturers on the race track at once, including the fully unveiled Chevrolet SS which was debuted in Las Vegas during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week. There was an air of excitement from the drivers and teams in the garage surrounding the looks and performance of the sixth generation car.
    "All in all the feedback in the garage area has been very positive," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "It looks to me that all the hard work from the teams, manufacturers and our engineers at the R&D Center is going to pay off. Like I said last month when we hand this car off to the teams, it will be in the best shape that we have ever handed a car off to the teams to start a new season."
    While fans were seeing the Chevrolet fully unwrapped without camouflage, several drivers were getting used to new fire suits, car manufacturers and teammates. For the first time in his career, former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Matt Kenseth was sporting a new number (20), team (Joe Gibbs Racing) and manufacturer (Toyota). Kenseth was happy with the car; however, his team was forced to make an engine change during today's morning session.
    "I've been kind of nervous but (about) coming into this morning and walking to a different truck and a different team and all of that stuff," Kenseth said. "My last run I proceeded to go from second gear to first gear and over-revved the engine so they're back there changing it. So, I think the guys are in love with me right now. Like, 'Where did we find this clown? Give us the other one back.' Other than that it's been good."
    While Kenseth got to know his new team, current NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski learned to work with new Penske Racing teammate Joey Logano. "I feel like there are a lot of areas that I can improve and be better," said Keselowski. "I think there are things Joey does right out of the gate that are better than what I do. I think he has the ability to unload at a place like this and just instantly be fast and that's not my style."
    In addition to the off season testing sessions scheduled next month for Daytona and Charlotte, plans call for an extra day of testing before the events at Las Vegas and Texas to provide teams with an opportunity to learn more about the sixth-generation race car early in the season. Extra practice time will also be added to the schedule at Auto Club Speedway in March. The test continues Wednesday at 9:00am/et at Charlotte Motor Speedway.(NASCAR)(12-11-2012)

  • NASCAR submits rules package to teams: NASCAR provided teams with the long-awaited rules package for the new car that will debut in the 2013 Daytona 500 in February. The first test with the package, which was distributed Tuesday, will be held Dec. 11-12 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. About 14 drivers so far are on the list to test, but teams will be allowed for this session only to bring in multiple drivers and additional cars to participate. Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president for competition, said there are a few minor things the governing body continues to work on to improve the handling of the cars around each other, but added this basically is the package teams will have for Daytona. "We've told them what splitters and spoilers they'll use," said Pemberton, noting the splitters will have a different shape to improve aerodynamics. "They know what they need for suspensions and stuff like that." Getting the final rules package has been a concern for several team owners. Pemberton said the package was the culmination of more than a year of research and testing to find what will improve cars being able to pass and race better around each other. The front grandstand at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be open and free to the general public.(ESPN)(12-5-2012)

  • More new 2013 car info: The 2013 season will mark the introduction of the 'Gen-6' NASCAR racecar. At the heart of the new car is a desire to see more competitive racing by cars that closely resemble their showroom counterparts. Here are some of the key changes that fans will notice:
    1) Distinct body lines that match street vehicles
    2) The "greenhouse" area is the same on every car
    3) Longer nose and shorter tail to mimic street cars
    4) Carbon fiber hood and decklid
    5) New decals on windshield and roof
    See the full post along with images at joegibbsracing.com.(11-30-2012)

  • Chevy unveils 2013 NASCAR Chevrolet SS race car: Chevrolet opened a new chapter in its storied racing history, unveiling its eagerly anticipated 2013 NASCAR Chevrolet SS race car. Powered by the legendary small block V-8 engine, the rear-wheel drive performance sedan will be Chevrolet's newest entry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, beginning with the 2013 SpeedWeeks in Daytona. The new NASCAR race car closely resembles the all-new rear wheel drive V-8 Chevrolet SS performance sedan that will debut early next year.
    "As a passionate race fan, the debut of the SS NASCAR race car is a genuinely exciting moment for me," said GM North America President Mark Reuss. "With the SS, Chevrolet is delivering a true rear-wheel-drive NASCAR race car that is very closely linked to the performance sedan that will be available for sale, ensuring that our most loyal enthusiasts will have the opportunity to experience the same thrill every day on the open road that our race car drivers enjoy on the track on race day. The Chevrolet SS also demonstrates how we are able to leverage our global product portfolio to deliver a unique performance experience. The specialized development and testing work done for the race car will certainly benefit the entire Chevrolet product lineup." The Chevrolet SS is the next in a long line of famed nameplates that Chevrolet has campaigned in NASCAR. It replaces Impala, which scored 152 wins from 1959-64 and 2007-12.
    "We are looking forward to another exciting year of NASCAR competition and expect that the new SS race car, with some of the most skilled drivers on the circuit behind the wheel, will distinguish itself on the track," said Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.
    The Chevrolet SS will be a derivative of the award-winning global rear-wheel-drive architecture that spawns performance vehicles like Chevrolet Camaro and Holden's upcoming VF Commodore. The limited production version of the Chevrolet SS will be a 2014 model and will arrive in dealer showrooms in late 2013. It is the first time in 17 years that Chevrolet will offer a rear-wheel-drive sedan for sale in the United States.
    Chevrolet has long used the SS (Super Sport) designation on high-performance models of some of its most enduring nameplates. The SS designation first appeared in 1957 on a Corvette prototype race car built under the guidance of Zora Arkus-Duntov with the plan to enter it in the Le Mans 24-hour race.
    The first production vehicle to be offered with an SS optional package was the 1961 Impala  453 were built with the performance upgrades, which included a modified chassis and suspension, power brakes, a steering column mounted tachometer and unique wheels and tires. The SS designation returned to the Chevrolet lineup in 2010 with the debut of the fifth-generation Camaro.
    Chevrolet has 702 victories in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, more than any other manufacturer. Fonty Flock earned the manufacturer's first win on March 26, 1955, at Columbia, S.C. Five-time series champion Jimmie Johnson achieved Chevrolet's 700th victory earlier this month at Texas Motor Speedway. Chevrolet was America's best-selling performance car brand in 2011 with Camaro and Corvette accounting for one out of every three sports cars sold in the United States. The addition of the SS to the lineup is expected to further strengthen Chevrolet's position as a leading performance brand. Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.(Team Chevy PR)(11-29-2012)

  • New Look Ready For "Sixth Generation" 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Car: NASCAR unveiled a new look for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car, an integral and exciting step in the rollout process of the sixth generation race car. "These changes are an extension of the unprecedented collaboration with the auto manufacturers on the 2013 car, great industry feedback and our focus on increasing fan affinity as part of NASCAR's Industry Action Plan," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations, who introduced the new design at Homestead-Miami Speedway today. The sixth-generation car look will debut with the opening of the 2013 Speedweeks, highlighted by the 55th running of the Daytona 500 on February 24 at Daytona International Speedway. Among the updates:
    The driver's last name featured on the windshield;
    Sponsor decals will not be permitted on the headlights and taillights, two key distinguishing characteristics of the auto manufacturers' brand;
    Car numbers will be moved from the lights to the front and rear bumpers;
    A single sponsor logo will be permitted on the roof under the number;
    Team sponsor decals will be permitted to extend past the front edge of the b-post;
    "Step and repeat" / background patterns will be permitted on the sides of the car;
    Due to the slightly smaller car, the car number will be reduced by 10% and the contingency decals will be reduced to 26 square inches.
    The new Chevrolet will be unveiled on Thursday, Nov. 29, in Las Vegas during NASCAR Champion's Week.(NASCAR)(11-17-2012)

  • Keselowski pleased with 2013 cars: Having heard about some of the aerodynamic difficulties drivers encountered in early tests of the new 2013 Sprint Cup race cars on intermediate speedways, #2-Brad Keselowski was intrigued by the prospect of testing the car himself. The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup leader was so intrigued, in fact, that he was willing to take a break from intense preparation for the final four Cup races to drive the 2013 Ford Fusion instead of his customary #2 Dodge. He had his chance on Tuesday and Wednesday in a combination new car/Goodyear tire test at Phoenix, the first test of NASCAR's 2013 models on a one-mile flat track. Keselowski, who will drive Fords next year when Penske Racing makes a manufacturer switch, liked what he saw and felt in the new car. "I thought it was a great test," Keselowski told the NASCAR Wire Service. "I had heard rumors that things weren't going so well with that car, so it felt good to kind of just do it on my own and see what was really going on. I thought the test went really well. The cars seemed to have a lot of drivability, and it's easy to work backwards from there, because certainly we have to balance that, if we make the cars too easy to drive then that's not going to be great, but they also have to be drivable. And you'd rather start with drivable and work backwards than the alternative.(NASCAR Wire Service)(10-28-2012)

  • Tire test at Phoenix UPDATE2: Goodyear will conduct a tire test Wednesday at Phoenix International Raceway. Teams participating include #1-McMurray (Chevy) and #2-Keselowski (Dodge).(NASCAR)(10-23-2012)
    UPDATE: The testing will be Tuesday and Wendesday. Additional teams include: #11-Hamlin (Toyota), #14-Stewart (Chevy), #27-Menard (Chevy), #78-Busch (Chevy), #99-Edwards (Ford).(10-23-2012)
    UPDATE 2: As the 2012 season winds down, the on-track debut of the new 2013 car at Daytona in February looms large. And to that end, major collaborative efforts between NASCAR and its teams highlighted the Goodyear test for the redesigned race car at Phoenix International Raceway. Over the last two days, another bullet was marked off the checklist in preparation for the much-anticipated event as #2-Brad Keselowski, #14-Tony Stewart, #11-Denny Hamlin, #99-Carl Edwards, #78-Kurt Busch, #1-Jamie McMurray, #27-Paul Menard and Brendan Gaughan [in a Childress car] participated in a Goodyear tire test for the next-generation cars at Phoenix International Raceway. Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition said information gleaned from drivers has helped hasten the evolution of the 2013 car. "When you have events that are like this - that are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - your relationships are won," Pemberton said. "Everyone is working on a test plan and everybody basically pulls on the same end of the rope. And so, people have a tendency to drop their guard and talk more openly about the car and the testing and the results of the things that they are testing. We have great relationships with all of our teams and all of our drivers for the most part." The next test for Goodyear and the 2013 cars is scheduled for Nov. 6-7 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.(NASCAR)(10-25-2012)

  • Tire testing at Texas UPDATE and IMAGES: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is scheduled to have a Goodyear Tire Test at Texas Motor Speedway on Tuesday October 9th, 2012. This event will be FREE and open to the public. Drivers scheduled to test; #16-Greg Biffle, #18-Kyle Busch, #42-Juan Pablo Montoya & #27-Paul Menard. Gate 4 will be open from 9:00am to 5:00pm, coolers are allowed (no glass or alcohol)(TMS), all the other activities announced last week have been canceled.(10-9-2012)
    UPDATE: Next year's redesigned race cars are on the fast track, literally. Last week, the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car tested at Talladega. On Tuesday, the next step was taken in the 2013 car rollout during the first of a two-day Goodyear tire test at 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway. Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard and Juan Pablo Montoya tested Goodyear Eagle's on the next generation cars that debut next season. "Moving into 2013 we've worked hand in hand with Goodyear and their engineers to get a plan together to build tires specifically for this new race car and optimize the grip," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "We have built this car with the mindset that we are going after more of a mechanical grip and reduce some of the aero dependencies of the car for 2013. & This test at Texas is actually our very first test with multiple cars with the new aero package." Tuesday's test session is part of a rigorous testing schedule for NASCAR and Goodyear heading into the highly-anticipated 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Biffle, Busch, Menard and Montoya will test the new models again Wednesday at Texas, with future tests at Phoenix International Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 23-24 and Nov. 6-7, respectively. NASCAR has worked with Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota to develop the next generation of race cars that will make their debut during Speedweeks 2013 at Daytona International Speedway. The new race cars are designed to mirror their production counterparts in appearance.(NASCAR)(10-10-2012)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Car Test at Talladega Open to the Public: For the 2013 season all car manufacturers racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will roll out new designs for competition. The new car designs, which more closely resemble the cars sold in dealerships across the country, will be at Talladega Superspeedway for a test session on Wednesday, October 3rd. That test will be open to the public so fans can catch a glimpse of the new cars before they are premiered next season. Garages open for the teams at 9 a.m. on Wednesday with cars scheduled to hit the track at 11 a.m. Race fans camping in the infield should note that this test will impact access to the crossover gate. Seating for the test session will be on the backstretch, in section Y of the Allison Grandstands. Fans can park in Lot 6E and enter the grandstands through gate P-22. Concession stands will not be open, but standard gate rules apply and fans can bring in food and beverages in approved coolers. Gates will be open 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The test is scheduled to end at 4:30 p.m. with the garages closing for the teams at 5:30 p.m.(TSS)(9-14-2012)

  • Some planned 2013 car testing: Teams say Detroit car makers have yet to release any of the 2013 steel body sheet metal. So crew chiefs say the upcoming tests could be all but meaningless, since drivers will be driving cars with plastic-molded bodies, with much different center-of-gravity than the real race cars will have. "Detroit, and that whole 2013 project, is way behind," one top crew chief says. "So at those tests, we'll all be running just 'show cars'"
    The test schedule for the 2013 cars:
    -- Talladega SuperSpeedway will host a big 2013 car test Oct. 3rd, the day before that track opens for the Talladega 500 chase race. That will be a good look at what to expect in next season's Daytona 500 (Feb. 24th). Tires are not expected to be an issue at either Talladega or Daytona with the new 2013s.
    -- Texas Motor Speedway will have a big two-day test Oct. 9th and 10th, which will be a key test for the sport's nine mid-sized tracks, a test of both tires and aerodynamics.
    -- Phoenix International Raceway will have a big two-day test Oct. 24th and 25th, another test of both tires and aero.
    -- And there will be a major tire design test at Charlotte Motor Speedway Nov. 6th and 7th. Goodyear will be testing 'fundamentals' at Charlotte, in a wide-ranging session.(MikeMulhern.net)(9-9-2012)

    NASCAR schedules tests for 2013 cars - fans can watch: NASCAR Sprint Cup teams will have the 2013 model for an Aug. 7-8 test at Martinsville Speedway that is aimed at rules tweaks to make the cars lighter and help Goodyear develop tires with more grip to improve racing. The 2013 car also will be tested Oct. 4 at Talladega Superspeedway, Oct. 9-10 at Texas Motor Speedway and Oct. 18 at Kansas Speedway. Dodge is taking part in the tests. The manufacturer hasn't announced any replacements for Penske Racing, which will join Ford next year.(USA Today)(8-1-2012)
    UPDATE: Martinsville Speedway's grandstands will be open to fans free-of-charge for an August 7 and 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Goodyear tire test at the historic half-mile oval. The test will feature the new 2013 Sprint Cup cars. The test session will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with an hour break at noon. Gates will open at 8 a.m. each of the two days and will remain open until 5 p.m. Restrooms will be open both days, but concession stands will not be operating. Fans may bring refreshments into the grandstands.(Martinsville Speedway)(8-4/7-2012)
    UPDATE 2: drivers testing at Martinsville include Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick for Chevy; Martin Truex Jr, for Toyota; and Carl Edwards for Ford. With two cars from each manufacturer.(8-7-2012)

The new 2013 car to be used by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting in 2013

Manufacturer logos will be added to the windshields of the 2013 cars. Image provided by NASCAR.

The 2013 Chevy, Ford and Toyota testing at Daytona International Speedway on January 10-12, 2013

Cars line up for Daytona Testing in the morning on January 10, 2013.
Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR

The #47 Toyota that Bobby Labonte is testing in Daytona in January.
Image from the JTG Daugherty Racing Twitter

The fastest driver January 10 morning session, #20-Matt Kenseth.
Image from Motor Racing Network's Jeff Wackerlin

The 2013 Chevy, Ford and Toyota testing at Charlotte Speedway on December 11-12, 2012

Matt Kenseth testing the #20 Toyota at Charlotte on December 11, 2012.
From Joe Gibbs Racing Facebook.(12-12-2012)

Jeff Burton testing the #27 Chevy at Charlotte on December 11, 2012.
Image from SB Nation's Jeff Gluck's Twitter.(12-12-2012)

The new Chevy SS that will run in 2013, unveiled at Las Vegas on Nov. 29, 2012

The new Chevy SS that will run in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series startting in 2013.
Images from Team Chevy.(11-29-2012)

New Look Ready For "Sixth Generation" 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Car

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The 2013 Chevy, Ford and Toyota testing at Texas Motor Speedway on October 9, 2012

Kyle Busch testing the 2013 Toyota Camry

Greg Biffle testing the 2013 Ford Fusion

Paul Menard testing the 2013 Chevrolet SS

Taken at Texas Motor Speedway on October 9, 2012 during Goodyear Tire testing by Jim Boyle

2013 Car test at Talladega on Oct 3rd, the 2013 Ford Fusion.
Image from the Ford Racing Facebook.

The 2013 Chevy, Ford and Toyota testing at Martsinville Speedway August 7-8, 2012

Chevy & Ford running together at Martinsville on August 7, 2012

Chevy at Martinsville Speedway

Ford at Martinsville Speedway

Toyota at Martinsville Speedway

Images taken by Todd Ice at Martinsville Speedway on August 7, 2012

Chevy changes from the Impala to the new Chevrolet SS

2013 Chevrolet SS
The new Chevrolet SS that will run in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2013
Image Courtesy of General Motors

The new Chevrolet Camaro that will run in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2013
Image Courtesy of General Motors

The new sleeker look of the 2013 Ford Fusion

The updated 2013 Ford Fusion - image from Ford Racing (6-11-2012)

The new 2013 Ford Fusion Race VS Street Version - image from Ford Racing

The new 2013 Ford Fusion which will run starting in 2013 - image from Ford Racing

The 2013 Toyota Camry

Thanks to Joe Gibbs Racing for the images.

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Dodge was to run the new look Charger in 2013 but opted to leave the sport after the 2012 season

The new 2013 Dodge Charger. Image taken by Chris Williams.

Image posted to Twitter by Doug Rice of Performance Racing Network.

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