Daytona 500 Testing - January 12, 2012

Daytona Testing Speeds - Day 1, - January 12, 2012


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News and Notes for testing

  • Testing info:
    Schedule
    Thursday, January 12th
    7:30 AM Garage Opens
    9:00 AM 12:00 PM Practice
    1:00 PM 5:00 PM Practice - Drafting
    6:00 PM Garage Closes
    Friday, January 13th
    7:30 AM Garage Opens
    9:00 AM 12:00 PM NSCS PPractice - Drafting
    1:00 PM 5:00 PM NSCS Practice - Drafting
    6:00 PM Garage Closes
    Saturday, January 14th
    7:30 AM Garage Opens
    9:00 AM 12:00 PM Practice - Drafting
    1:00 PM 5:00 PM Practice - Drafting
    6:00 PM Garage Closes
    Sunday, January 15th Optional - Rain Date

    Participating Teams: #1-Jamie McMurray, #2-Brad Keselowski, #5-Kasey Kahne, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #9-Marcos Ambrose, #10-Danica Patrick, #11-Denny Hamlin, #13-Casey Mears, #14-Tony Stewart, #15-Clint Bowyer, #16-Greg Biffle, #17-Matt Kenseth, #18-Kyle Busch, #20-Joey Logano, #21-Trevor Bayne, #22-A.J. Allmendinger, #24-Jeff Gordon, #27-Paul Menard, #29-Kevin Harvick, #31-Jeff Burton, #36-Dave Blaney, #39-Ryan Newman, #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, #43-Aric Almirola, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #51-Kurt Busch, #55-Mark Martin, #56-Martin Truex, Jr., #78-Regan Smith, #87-Joe Nemechek, #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #99-Carl Edwards.(1-12-2012)

  • 2012 NASCAR Preseason Thunder at Daytona set for this Week: NASCAR is back in full gear as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams hit the pavement at Daytona International Speedway this week for three days of preseason testing. The main focus of the test is for teams to work on their final preparations for 2012 Speedweeks  in particular, the 54th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 26. "This is an opportunity we are providing to the competitors to implement and test the new Daytona rules package for 2012," said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition. "It's a chance for them to get comfortable with the cooling package, the smaller spoiler and to practice drafting for next month's Daytona 500." The new rules package is a result of information gathered during recent tests at Talladega last October and at Daytona last November. "While we have had other tests with these set-ups, this is the first opportunity for the entire field to test together and get more comfortable with this package as it relates to their cars," Pemberton said.

    The new rules package includes:
    Smaller radiators
    o Maximum of 2 gallon capacity
    Smaller overflow tank
    o Maximum capacity of gallon
    Radiator inlet is moved up closer into the front center bumper area
    Rate reduction in the springs  softer springs
    Smaller rear spoiler
    Base line restrictor plate of 29/32 inch (1/64 inch larger than plate size for the 2011 Daytona 500)

    "This three-day test will allow the engine tuners for these teams to be able to work with their engine packages and see how they relate and react to the new cooling regulations," Pemberton said. Next month's Daytona 500 will be only the third NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points event ran on the repaved Daytona International Speedway. This year's Preseason Thunder will continue to be an opportunity for teams and drivers to test their skills on a relatively fresh surface in addition to the new rules. Complementing the testing portion of this weekend's festivities, the track is also offering fans an opportunity to be part of a special two-day Fan Fest event. Fan Fest sessions are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 12 and Friday, Jan. 13 and include autograph sessions, driver question and answer sessions, show cars and displays, music and a photo opportunity with the 2012 Harley J. Earl Daytona 500 trophy. In addition, fans can ride the high banks under the lights by purchasing a Richard Petty Driving Experience ride along.
    Tickets for Daytona Preseason Thunder Fan Fest are $20 and available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. Children 12 and under will receive free admission.
    Daytona International Speedway will also host special driver chat sessions on the speedway's social media channels following the end of testing Thursday and Friday evenings. Fans can submit questions for Twitter chats by using #daytonatesting, with answers, updates and testing information coming from Daytona International Speedway's Twitter feed @DISUpdates. Fans can also submit questions on Facebook for LiveStream chats with drivers on www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway. NASCAR's official Twitter feed @NASCAR will also provide updates throughout the three-day session.
    SPEED will broadcast live coverage of testing on all three days from 1-5 p.m. ET. Additionally, SPEEDTV.com will stream testing live from 9 a.m.-noon ET each day.(NASCAR)(1-10-2012)

  • Daytona testing dates set for January: NASCAR Preseason Thunder, the annual three-day NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test session at Daytona International Speedway in advance of the prestigious season-opening 54th annual Daytona 500, will be held on Jan. 12-14. All NASCAR Preseason Thunder test sessions begin at 9 am and end at 5 pm, weather permitting. Each includes a lunch break from noon until 1 pm. Race fans can also rev up their new year at the NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fest  the companion event to the January test sessions. Along with watching NASCAR Preseason Thunder track activity from the Sprint FANZONE, fans can enjoy two Fan Fest driver sessions  from 5-9 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 12 and from 5-7 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 13.
    The schedule of driver question-and-answer and autograph sessions will be finalized closer to the event. Tickets for the NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fest, which include autograph session wristbands, will be available for purchase at a later date. For fans who would like to be contacted regarding NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fest ticket information can sign up online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/thunder. Fans can also watch each day's testing at no cost from a section of the Oldfield Grandstands. Information on tickets for both the NASCAR Preseason Thunder and the Roar Before The Rolex 24 will be available online at daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(9-29-2011)


Daytona Testing Speeds - Day 1 combined - January 12, 2012

    Combined Times - Day 1
    Rank Car No. Driver Manu. Time Speed Session
    1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 44.466 202.402 D1PM
    2 20 Joey Logano Toyota 44.469 202.388 D1PM
    3 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 44.505 202.224 D1PM
    4 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 44.506 202.220 D1PM
    5 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 44.794 200.920 D1PM
    6 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 44.795 200.915 D1PM
    7 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 44.965 200.156 D1PM
    8 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 45.047 199.791 D1PM
    9 55 Mark Martin Toyota 45.782 196.584 D1PM
    10 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 45.782 196.584 D1PM
    11 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 46.164 194.957 D1PM
    12 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 46.482 193.623 D1PM
    13 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 46.687 192.773 D1AM
    14 27 Paul Menard Chevy 46.726 192.612 D1PM
    15 27 Paul Menard Chevy 46.785 192.369 D1AM
    16 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 46.787 192.361 D1AM
    17 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 46.835 192.164 D1PM
    18 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 46.885 191.959 D1AM
    19 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 46.887 191.951 D1PM
    20 10 Danica Patrick Chevy 46.893 191.926 D1PM
    21 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 46.911 191.853 D1AM
    22 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 46.933 191.763 D1AM
    23 16 Greg Biffle Ford 46.941 191.730 D1PM
    24 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 46.945 191.714 D1PM
    25 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 46.969 191.616 D1PM
    26 16 Greg Biffle Ford 46.987 191.542 D1AM
    27 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 46.997 191.502 D1PM
    28 10 Danica Patrick Chevy 47.004 191.473 D1AM
    29 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 47.007 191.461 D1PM
    30 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 47.01 191.449 D1PM
    31 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 47.019 191.412 D1AM
    32 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 47.022 191.400 D1AM
    33 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 47.025 191.388 D1AM
    34 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 47.032 191.359 D1AM
    35 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 47.037 191.339 D1AM
    36 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 47.052 191.278 D1PM
    37 20 Joey Logano Toyota 47.059 191.249 D1AM
    38 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 47.061 191.241 D1PM
    39 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 47.095 191.103 D1PM
    40 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 47.102 191.075 D1PM
    41 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 47.11 191.042 D1AM
    42 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 47.122 190.994 D1AM
    43 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 47.134 190.945 D1AM
    44 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 47.16 190.840 D1AM
    45 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 47.176 190.775 D1AM
    46 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 47.199 190.682 D1AM
    47 55 Mark Martin Toyota 47.225 190.577 D1AM
    48 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 47.238 190.525 D1AM
    49 43 Aric Almirola Ford 47.255 190.456 D1AM
    50 78 Regan Smith Chevy 47.266 190.412 D1PM
    51 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 47.269 190.400 D1AM
    52 99 Carl Edwards Ford 47.285 190.335 D1PM
    53 43 Aric Almirola Ford 47.296 190.291 D1PM
    54 78 Regan Smith Chevy 47.374 189.978 D1AM
    55 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 47.419 189.797 D1AM
    56 99 Carl Edwards Ford 47.435 189.733 D1AM
    57 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 47.453 189.661 D1PM
    58 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 47.504 189.458 D1AM
    59 13 Casey Mears Ford 47.508 189.442 D1AM
    60 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 47.633 188.945 D1AM
    61 13 Casey Mears Ford 47.671 188.794 D1PM
    62 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 48.038 187.352 D1PM
    63 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 48.304 186.320 D1AM

Daytona Testing Speeds - Day 1 afternoon - January 12, 2012

  • Thursday afternoon test session: Thursday's second test session is over. The five fastest drivers and some notes:
    #18-Busch 202.402
    #20-Logano 202.388
    #2-Keselowski 202.224
    #22-Allmendinger 202.220
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 200.920
    Some Notes:
    NASCAR permitted cars to draft together during the session, but only a handful of drivers did so.
    #55-Martin got into the back of #15-Bowyer while drafting and spun Bowyer out. Bowyer was able to save the car and did not hit anything, but did suffer some sheetmetal damage when the car went down on the track apron.(1-12-2012)

    NSCS Day1 PM Practice Session
    Daytona Intl Speedway
    1/12/2012 - 5:06:18PM

    Pos No Name Make Best Time Best Speed
    1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 44.466 202.402
    2 20 Joey Logano Toyota 44.469 202.388
    3 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 44.505 202.224
    4 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 44.506 202.220
    5 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevy 44.794 200.920
    6 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 44.795 200.915
    7 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 44.965 200.156
    8 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 45.047 199.791
    9 55 Mark Martin Toyota 45.782 196.584
    10 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 45.782 196.584
    11 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 46.164 194.957
    12 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 46.482 193.623
    13 27 Paul Menard Chevy 46.726 192.612
    14 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 46.835 192.164
    15 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 46.887 191.951
    16 10 Danica Patrick Chevy 46.893 191.926
    17 16 Greg Biffle Ford 46.941 191.730
    18 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 46.945 191.714
    19 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 46.969 191.616
    20 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 46.997 191.502
    21 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 47.007 191.461
    22 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 47.010 191.449
    23 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 47.052 191.278
    24 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 47.061 191.241
    25 56 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 47.095 191.103
    26 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 47.102 191.075
    27 78 Regan Smith Chevy 47.266 190.412
    28 99 Carl Edwards Ford 47.285 190.335
    29 43 Aric Almirola Ford 47.296 190.291
    30 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 47.453 189.661
    31 13 Casey Mears Ford 47.671 188.794
    32 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 48.038 187.352

    Daytona Testing Speeds - Day 1 morning - January 12, 2012

    • Thursday morning test session: The first test session of Thursday morning is over. The five fastest drivers and some notes:
      #24-Gordon 192.773
      #27-Menard 192.369
      #51-Kurt Busch 192.361
      #6-Stenhouse, Jr. 191.959
      #42-Montoya 191.853
      Some Notes:
      #14-Stewart arrived at the track around 10:30am/et. He was returning from the Chili Bowl in Tulsa.
      #39-Newman also arrived late. He has been battling the flu.
      Chad Knaus is on vacation and not at the track. Steve Letarte is helping oversee the #48 team's test session.(1-12-2012)

        Day 1AM Practice Session
        Daytona Intl Speedway
        1/12/2012 - 12:07:51PM

        Pos No Name Make Best Time Best Speed
        1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy46.687 192.773
        2 27 Paul Menard Chevy46.785 192.369
        3 51 Kurt Busch Chevy46.787 192.361
        4 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford46.885 191.959
        5 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy46.911 191.853
        6 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy46.933 191.763
        7 16 Greg Biffle Ford46.987 191.542
        8 10 Danica Patrick Chevy47.004 191.473
        9 31 Jeff Burton Chevy47.019 191.412
        10 21 Trevor Bayne Ford47.022 191.400
        11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevy47.025 191.388
        12 14 Tony Stewart Chevy47.032 191.359
        13 18 Kyle Busch Toyota47.037 191.339
        14 20 Joey Logano Toyota47.059 191.249
        15 39 Ryan Newman Chevy47.110 191.042
        16 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota47.122 190.994
        17 17 Matt Kenseth Ford47.134 190.945
        18 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy47.160 190.840
        19 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy47.176 190.775
        20 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota47.199 190.682
        21 55 Mark Martin Toyota47.225 190.577
        22 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford47.238 190.525
        23 43 Aric Almirola Ford47.255 190.456
        24 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy47.269 190.400
        25 78 Regan Smith Chevy47.374 189.978
        26 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 47.419 189.797
        27 99 Carl Edwards Ford47.435 189.733
        28 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 47.504 189.458
        29 13 Casey Mears Ford47.508 189.442
        30 56 Martin Truex Jr Toyota47.633 188.945
        31 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota48.304 186.320

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