Daytona 500 Testing - January 14, 2012

Daytona Testing Speeds - Day 3 - January 14, 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)



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Daytona Testing Speeds - Combined Times

    Combined Times - Day 3
    Rank Car No. Driver Manu. Time Speed Session
    1 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 44.655 201.545 D3AM
    2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 44.655 201.545 D3AM
    3 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 44.874 200.562 D3PM
    4 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 44.877 200.548 D3PM
    5 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 44.877 200.548 D3PM
    6 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 44.892 200.481 D3PM
    7 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 45.006 199.973 D3PM
    8 20 Joey Logano Toyota 45.007 199.969 D3PM
    9 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 45.090 199.601 D3PM
    10 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 45.091 199.596 D3PM
    11 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 45.121 199.464 D3AM
    12 55 Mark Martin Toyota 45.122 199.459 D3AM
    13 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 45.134 199.406 D3AM
    14 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 45.136 199.397 D3AM
    15 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 45.190 199.159 D3PM
    16 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 45.215 199.049 D3AM
    17 78 Regan Smith Chevy 45.216 199.045 D3AM
    18 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 45.248 198.904 D3PM
    19 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 45.310 198.632 D3PM
    20 55 Mark Martin Toyota 45.368 198.378 D3PM
    21 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 45.378 198.334 D3PM
    22 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 45.419 198.155 D3PM
    23 43 Aric Almirola Ford 45.446 198.037 D3PM
    24 16 Greg Biffle Ford 45.451 198.015 D3PM
    25 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 45.452 198.011 D3PM
    26 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 45.488 197.854 D3PM
    27 99 Carl Edwards Ford 45.540 197.628 D3PM
    28 78 Regan Smith Chevy 45.541 197.624 D3PM
    29 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 46.199 194.809 D3PM
    30 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 46.283 194.456 D3AM
    31 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 46.462 193.707 D3PM
    32 27 Paul Menard Chevy 46.560 193.299 D3PM
    33 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 46.644 192.951 D3AM
    34 27 Paul Menard Chevy 46.721 192.633 D3AM
    35 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 46.744 192.538 D3PM
    36 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 46.777 192.402 D3PM
    37 10 Danica Patrick Chevy 46.868 192.029 D3AM
    38 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 46.904 191.881 D3AM
    39 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 46.955 191.673 D3AM
    40 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 46.967 191.624 D3AM
    41 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 47.001 191.485 D3PM
    42 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 47.010 191.449 D3AM
    43 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 47.013 191.436 D3AM
    44 43 Aric Almirola Ford 47.056 191.261 D3AM
    45 20 Joey Logano Toyota 47.102 191.075 D3AM
    46 6 Ricky Stenhouse Ford 47.176 190.775 D3AM
    47 16 Greg Biffle Ford 47.188 190.726 D3AM
    48 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 47.195 190.698 D3AM
    49 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 47.217 190.609 D3AM
    50 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 47.260 190.436 D3AM
    51 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 47.276 190.371 D3AM
    52 99 Carl Edwards Ford 47.317 190.206 D3AM
    53 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 47.408 189.841 D3AM
    54 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 47.534 189.338 D3AM
    55 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 47.739 188.525 D3AM
    56 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 47.855 188.068 D3AM

Daytona Testing Speeds - Day 3 afternoon - January 14, 2012

  • Saturday afternoon test session: Saturday's afternoon's test session over over, the five fastest drivers and some notes:
    #24-Gordon 200.562
    #2-Keselowski 200.548
    #22-Allmendinger 200.548
    #5-Kahne 200.481
    #11-Hamlin 199.973
    Some Notes:
    Most drivers tested in a large pack to begin the session.
    #10-Patrick, #14-Stewart, #51-Busch, & #6-Stenhouse, Jr. have left and are not particiapting in this session. Stewart and Stenhouse are on their way to the Chili Bowl in Tulsa. Trevor Bayne ran a few laps in the Roush Fenway #6.
    NASCAR has moved the pressure relief valve back to 25 psi (up from 20psi in the morning session).
    #31-Burton & #88-Earnhardt, Jr. spun while running in the pack. Montoya appears to get into the rear of Earnhardt, sending him into Burton. Earnhardt drove to the garage. Burton's car was towed to the garage to see if it could be repaired, but the team decided to not get back on track.
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. ran a few laps in the #48 Chevy after sustaining damage to his car in the accident with Burton.(1-14-2012)

    NSCS Day3 PM Practice Session
    Daytona Intl Speedway
    1/14/2012 - 5:04:26PM

    Pos No Name Make BestTime BestSpeed
    1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 44.874 200.562
    2 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 44.877 200.548
    3 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 44.877 200.548
    4 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 44.892 200.481
    5 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 45.006 199.973
    6 20 Joey Logano Toyota 45.007 199.969
    7 56 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 45.090 199.601
    8 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 45.091 199.596
    9 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 45.190 199.159
    10 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 45.248 198.904
    11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevy 45.310 198.632
    12 55 Mark Martin Toyota 45.368 198.378
    13 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 45.378 198.334
    14 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 45.419 198.155
    15 43 Aric Almirola Ford 45.446 198.037
    16 16 Greg Biffle Ford 45.451 198.015
    17 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 45.452 198.011
    18 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 45.488 197.854
    19 99 Carl Edwards Ford 45.540 197.628
    20 78 Regan Smith Chevy 45.541 197.624
    21 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 46.199 194.809
    22 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 46.462 193.707
    23 27 Paul Menard Chevy 46.560 193.299
    24 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 46.744 192.538
    25 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 46.777 192.402
    26 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 47.001 191.485

Daytona Testing Speeds - Day 3 morning - January 14, 2012

  • Saturday morning test session: Saturday's morning test session is over after 180 scheduled minutes, the five fastest drivers and some notes:
    #5-Kahne 201.545
    #24-Gordon 201.545
    #51-KuBusch 199.464
    #55-Martin 199.459
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr 199.406
    Some Notes:
    Drivers are working on single and double car runs.
    The teams of #13-Mears and #39-Newman left after yesterday's tests ended.
    Drivers are expected to test in a large pack at the beginning of the afternoon session.(1-14-2012)

    NSCS Day 3 AM Practice Session
    Daytona Intl Speedway
    1/14/2012 - 12:03:50PM

    Pos No Name Make BestTime BestSpeed
    1 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 44.655 201.545
    2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 44.655 201.545
    3 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 45.121 199.464
    4 55 Mark Martin Toyota 45.122 199.459
    5 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevy 45.134 199.406
    6 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 45.136 199.397
    7 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 45.215 199.049
    8 78 Regan Smith Chevy 45.216 199.045
    9 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 46.283 194.456
    10 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 46.644 192.951
    11 27 Paul Menard Chevy 46.721 192.633
    12 10 Danica Patrick Chevy 46.868 192.029
    13 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 46.904 191.881
    14 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 46.955 191.673
    15 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 46.967 191.624
    16 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 47.010 191.449
    17 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 47.013 191.436
    18 43 Aric Almirola Ford 47.056 191.261
    19 20 Joey Logano Toyota 47.102 191.075
    20 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 47.176 190.775
    21 16 Greg Biffle Ford 47.188 190.726
    22 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 47.195 190.698
    23 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 47.217 190.609
    24 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 47.260 190.436
    25 56 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 47.276 190.371
    26 99 Carl Edwards Ford 47.317 190.206
    27 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 47.408 189.841
    28 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 47.534 189.338
    29 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 47.739 188.525
    30 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 47.855 188.068

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