Daytona 500 Testing - January 13, 2012

Daytona Testing Speeds - Day 2, - January 13, 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 2 combined

    Combined Times - Day 2
    Rank Car No. Driver Manu. Time Speed Session
    1 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 43.677 206.058 D2PM
    2 78 Regan Smith Chevy 43.678 206.053 D2PM
    3 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 43.729 205.813 D2PM
    4 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 43.743 205.747 D2PM
    5 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 43.743 205.747 D2PM
    6 27 Paul Menard Chevy 43.881 205.100 D2PM
    7 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 43.882 205.095 D2PM
    8 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 43.903 204.997 D2PM
    9 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 43.941 204.820 D2PM
    10 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 43.944 204.806 D2PM
    11 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 43.962 204.722 D2AM
    12 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 43.962 204.722 D2AM
    13 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 43.964 204.713 D2PM
    14 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 43.965 204.708 D2PM
    15 10 Danica Patrick Chevy 44.044 204.341 D2PM
    16 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 44.044 204.341 D2PM
    17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 44.046 204.332 D2PM
    18 20 Joey Logano Toyota 44.074 204.202 D2PM
    19 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 44.078 204.183 D2PM
    20 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 44.103 204.068 D2PM
    21 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 44.105 204.058 D2PM
    22 16 Greg Biffle Ford 44.190 203.666 D2PM
    23 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 44.228 203.491 D2PM
    24 55 Mark Martin Toyota 44.300 203.160 D2PM
    25 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 44.304 203.142 D2AM
    26 43 Aric Almirola Ford 44.304 203.142 D2AM
    27 13 Casey Mears Ford 44.453 202.461 D2PM
    28 55 Mark Martin Toyota 44.610 201.748 D2AM
    29 43 Aric Almirola Ford 44.689 201.392 D2PM
    30 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 44.692 201.378 D2AM
    31 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 44.693 201.374 D2AM
    32 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 44.693 201.374 D2PM
    33 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 44.710 201.297 D2PM
    34 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 44.878 200.544 D2PM
    35 99 Carl Edwards Ford 44.882 200.526 D2PM
    36 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 45.776 196.610 D2PM
    37 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 45.907 196.049 D2AM
    38 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 45.915 196.014 D2AM
    39 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 45.961 195.818 D2AM
    40 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 46.057 195.410 D2AM
    41 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 46.063 195.385 D2AM
    42 10 Danica Patrick Chevy 46.070 195.355 D2AM
    43 27 Paul Menard Chevy 46.072 195.346 D2AM
    44 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 46.075 195.334 D2PM
    45 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 46.091 195.266 D2AM
    46 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 46.129 195.105 D2AM
    47 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 46.134 195.084 D2AM
    48 20 Joey Logano Toyota 46.135 195.080 D2AM
    49 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 46.155 194.995 D2AM
    50 16 Greg Biffle Ford 46.184 194.873 D2AM
    51 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 46.192 194.839 D2AM
    52 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 46.193 194.835 D2AM
    53 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 46.204 194.788 D2AM
    54 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 46.209 194.767 D2AM
    55 78 Regan Smith Chevy 46.232 194.670 D2AM
    56 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 46.292 194.418 D2AM
    57 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 46.364 194.116 D2AM
    58 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 46.559 193.303 D2AM
    59 99 Carl Edwards Ford 46.703 192.707 D2AM
    60 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 46.724 192.620 D2PM
    61 13 Casey Mears Ford 46.752 192.505 D2AM
    62 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 46.856 192.078 D2PM
    63 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 46.923 191.804 D2AM
    64 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 47.983 187.566 D2AM

Daytona Testing Speeds - Day 2 afternoon - January 13, 2012

  • Friday afternoon test session: Friday's afternoon test session is over after 240 scheduled minutes, the five fastest drivers and some notes:
    #51-KuBusch 206.058
    #78-Smith 206.053
    #18-KyBusch 205.813
    #24-Gordon 205.747
    #5-Kahne 205.747
    Some Notes:
    After the morning session, NASCAR met with the drivers to encourage them to draft in a large pack of cars at the start of the session to see how the cars react. All teams except the #48 participated.
    #31-Burton made contact with the wall during the pack drafting when he cut down a tire. The team will repair the car.
    28 drivers exceed 200mph.
    Driver again tested in a large pack with an hour remaining in the session before returning to two car drafts.(1-13-2012)

    NSCS Day 2 PM Practice Session
    Daytona Intl Speedway
    1/13/2012

    Pos No Name Make Best Time Best Speed
    1 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 43.677 206.058
    2 78 Regan Smith Chevy 43.678 206.053
    3 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 43.729 205.813
    4 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 43.743 205.747
    5 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 43.743 205.747
    6 27 Paul Menard Chevy 43.881 205.100
    7 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 43.882 205.095
    8 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 43.903 204.997
    9 56 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 43.941 204.820
    10 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 43.944 204.806
    11 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 43.964 204.713
    12 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 43.965 204.708
    13 10 Danica Patrick Chevy 44.044 204.341
    14 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 44.044 204.341
    15 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevy 44.046 204.332
    16 20 Joey Logano Toyota 44.074 204.202
    17 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 44.078 204.183
    18 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 44.103 204.068
    19 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 44.105 204.058
    20 16 Greg Biffle Ford 44.190 203.666
    21 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 44.228 203.491
    22 55 Mark Martin Toyota 44.300 203.160
    23 13 Casey Mears Ford 44.453 202.461
    24 43 Aric Almirola Ford 44.689 201.392
    25 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 44.693 201.374
    26 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 44.710 201.297
    27 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 44.878 200.544
    28 99 Carl Edwards Ford 44.882 200.526
    29 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 45.776 196.610
    30 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 46.075 195.334
    31 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 46.724 192.620
    32 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 46.856 192.078

Daytona Testing Speeds - Day 2 morning times - January 13, 2012

  • Friday morning test session: Friday's first test session is over after 180 minutes, the five fastest drivers and some notes:
    #56-Truex, Jr. 204.722
    #15-Bowyer 204.722
    #43-Almirola 203.142
    #9-Ambrose 203.142
    #55-Martin 201.748
    Some Notes:
    As a result of rules changes made by NASCAR, cars were allowed to draft during this session, but most are expected to wait until the afternoon.
    #18-Busch's team changed valve springs in the engine this morning after computer data showed the engine was over-revved yesterday.(1-13-2012)

    NSCS Day 2 AM Practice Session
    Daytona Intl Speedway
    1/13/2012

    Pos No Name Make Best Time Best Speed
    1 56 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 43.962 204.722
    2 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 43.962 204.722
    3 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 44.304 203.142
    4 43 Aric Almirola Ford 44.304 203.142
    5 55 Mark Martin Toyota 44.610 201.748
    6 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 44.692 201.378
    7 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 44.693 201.374
    8 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 45.907 196.049
    9 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 45.915 196.014
    10 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 45.961 195.818
    11 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 46.057 195.410
    12 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 46.063 195.385
    13 10 Danica Patrick Chevy 46.070 195.355
    14 27 Paul Menard Chevy 46.072 195.346
    15 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 46.091 195.266
    16 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 46.129 195.105
    17 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 46.134 195.084
    18 20 Joey Logano Toyota 46.135 195.080
    19 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevy 46.155 194.995
    20 16 Greg Biffle Ford 46.184 194.873
    21 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 46.192 194.839
    22 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 46.193 194.835
    23 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 46.204 194.788
    24 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 46.209 194.767
    25 78 Regan Smith Chevy 46.232 194.670
    26 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 46.292 194.418
    27 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 46.364 194.116
    28 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 46.559 193.303
    29 99 Carl Edwards Ford 46.703 192.707
    30 13 Casey Mears Ford 46.752 192.505
    31 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 46.923 191.804
    32 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 47.983 187.566

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