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2014
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2013
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2012
Testing News/Links
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2011
Testing News/Links
Tire Testing News / Drivers / Schedule

2010
Testing News/Links
Tire Testing News / Drivers / Schedule

2009
2009 Testing News/Links

2008
2008 MAIN Testing News/Links
Second 2008 Lowe's Motor Speedway Test
2008 Pocono Test
2008 Lowe's Motor Speedway Test
2008 Phoenix Test
2008 California Test
2008 Las Vegas Test
2008 Daytona 500 Test - Best Speeds by Driver - Cumulative
2008 Daytona 500 Test Session 2 page
2008 Daytona 500 Test Session 1 page
2008 Cup Testing Charts for ALL tests- PDF's - printable

2007
2007 Testing News/Links
2007 Atlanta Testing News
2007 Talladega Testing News
2007 LMS/Charlotte Testing News
2007 Richmond Test Page

2007 Bristol Test Page

2007 Las Vegas Testing page
2007 Daytona 500 Testing Session 2 page
2007 Daytona 500 Testing Session 1 page
2007 Busch Series Daytona Testing Speeds News
2007 Truck Series Homestead Testing Speeds News
2007 Truck Series Daytona Testing Speeds News

2006
2006 Testing News
2006 Daytona 500 Testing - Day 1-3
2006 Daytona 500 Testing - Day 4-6
2006 Cumulative Daytona 500 Testing Speeds
2006 Las Vegas Testing
2006 Lowe's Motor Speedway Testing
2006 Richmond Testing
2006 Indianapolis Testing
2006 Homestead Testing
2006 Busch Series Daytona Testing
2006 Truck Series Daytona Testing

2005
2005 Testing News
2005 Daytona 500 Testing

2004
2004 Testing News
2004 Daytona 500 Testing - Session 1
2004 Daytona 500 Testing - Session 2

2003
2003 Testing News
2003 Daytona 500 Testing - Session 1
2003 Daytona 500 Testing - Session 2
2003 Daytona 500 Testing - Cumulative Speeds
2003 Daytona 500 Testing - Drafting Speeds

2002
2002 Testing News
2002 Daytona Testing - Session 1
2002 Daytona Testing - Session 2
2002 Las Vegas Testing

2001
2001 Testing News
2001 Daytona 500 Testing
2001 Daytona 500 Testing - Cumulative Speeds

2000
2000 Testing News/Speeds
2001 Daytona 500 Testing

1999
1999 Testing News/Speeds


Past Testing Rules

  • NASCAR relaxes testing policy for 2013: For the first time since 2008, NASCAR will allow Sprint Cup organizations to test independently at tracks that host events in NASCAR's top three touring series. Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president of competition said Saturday at Dover International Speedway that each Cup organization -- regardless of how many cars it fields -- will be allowed four tests of its choosing at NASCAR tracks. "It's up to them to pick where they want to go," Pemberton said. "We feel like it's time to open that up and allow the teams to manage their testing and get back on facilities that host our events. You'll see that as the year unfolds, that teams will be moving around the countryside." The four tests allocated to each organization next year are in addition to the Preseason Thunder test to be conducted by NASCAR during the second week of January.(NASCAR Wire Service)(9-29-2012)

  • NASCAR considers loosening testing ban: With a new Sprint Cup car coming in 2013 and an effort afoot to improve the product on the track, NASCAR is looking to add additional tests to next year's schedule. The current testing ban was announced at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November 2008 for the following season as part of the sanctioning body's effort at cost containment. Since then, testing has picked up as Goodyear rolls out new tire combinations for existing tracks or after tracks were repaved. However, NASCAR is now considering lightening the ban - if it's amenable to teams. Adding five to seven test dates was one of several topics that have been broached with team "business types," according to vice president of competition Robin Pemberton. "We told them there's a bunch of things we're looking at for next year exactly the way we look at everything at this time of the year, whether it's the testing policies and things like that," Pemberton said. "If they felt like they could talk to their principal parties  if it came up or any ideas that they would be open to or not open to  so we can prepare for 2013." Pemberton says the testing policy is one of the "most reviewed" programs in NASCAR. It's of concern because of a desire to "help maintain a competitive balance in the garage area" without watching the teams go broke in the process.(Fox Sports)(6-2-2012)

  • Testing Ban in 2009: In an effort to help teams manage costs, NASCAR is suspending testing for its three national and two regional racing series for the 2009 season. Testing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, as well as the NASCAR Camping World East and West Regional Touring Series at tracks hosting any of those events are included in the 2009 policy. NASCAR reached this decision following several months of discussion with the teams regarding testing, coupled with the current economic conditions. The suspension of testing should save the industry millions of dollars. "This is a significant move during an unusual time for all of us," said NASCAR President Mike Helton in making the announcement. NASCAR has routinely adjusted its test policy over the years to reflect current conditions. This is another example of that.(NASCAR PR)(11-14-2008)

  • 2008
    NASCAR announced the 2008 testing schedules for its three national series. NASCAR determined the test schedules based upon the input and cooperation from each of the teams crew chiefs. The Sprint Cup Series testing sessions begin at Daytona with NASCAR Preseason Thunder, starting Monday, Jan. 7 and running through Wednesday, Jan. 9 for approximately half of the teams. Thursday, Jan. 10 is the rain date, if necessary. The following week, the remaining teams will test Monday, Jan. 14 through Wednesday, Jan. 16, with Thursday, Jan. 17 as the rain date. Test sessions at Daytona are scheduled for 9 a.m.  5 p.m., weather permitting, with an hour lunch break from noon until 1 p.m. The remaining five tracks that will host test sessions for the Sprint Cup Series include:
    * Las Vegas Motor Speedway  Jan. 28-29
    * California Speedway  Jan. 31- Feb. 1
    * Phoenix International Raceway  March 3-4
    * Lowes Motor Speedway  May 5-6
    * Pocono Raceway  May 27-28
    * Lowes Motor Speedway  Sept. 23-24
    (NASCAR PR)(12-4-2007)

  • 2007
    NASCAR has set its 2007 Nextel Cup Series testing schedule that includes seven different venues that will provide the teams an opportunity to prepare for the various track layouts and surfaces that they will face over the course of the season. NASCAR determined the test schedule with the input and cooperation of each of the teams crew chiefs.
    The testing sessions begin at Daytona International Speedway with the NASCAR Jackson Hewitt Preseason Thunder at Daytona, beginning Monday, Jan. 8 running through Wednesday, Jan. 10 for approximately half the teams. Thursday, Jan. 11 is the rain date, if necessary. Test sessions will resume Monday, Jan. 15 through Wednesday, Jan. 17, with Thursday, Jan. 18 as the rain date for the remaining teams. Test sessions at Daytona are scheduled for 9 a.m.  5 p.m., weather permitting, with an hour lunch break from noon until 1 p.m.

    The remaining six tracks that will host test sessions are:
    * Las Vegas Motor Speedway  Jan. 29-30 (rain date is Jan. 31)
    * Bristol Motor Speedway  Feb. 28-March 1 (rain date is March 2)
    * Richmond International Raceway  April 3-4 (rain date is April 5)
    * Lowes Motor Speedway  May 7-8 (rain date is May 9)
    * Dover International Speedway  May 14-15 (rain date is May 16) CANCELLED
    * Talladega Superspeedway  Sept. 10-11 (rain date is Sept. 12)
    NASCAR instituted a new track testing policy in 2006 that pre-sets a schedule for when and where NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series tests are to be conducted. The scheduled tests are the only opportunities teams will have to test at NASCAR NEXTEL Cup tracks. The policy was implemented to serve as an aid to maintain better overall competitive balance for the teams and contain costs. NASCAR received input and recommendations from each of the crew chiefs that was valuable to our decision making process, said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president for competition. The seven tracks that were selected provide the teams with a wide variety of layouts, surfaces, and track characteristics that should provide them with an opportunity to have success in 2007.(NASCAR PR)(9-25-2006)

  • 2006
    The scheduled tests will be the only opportunities teams will have to test at Nextel Cup tracks. Teams will be able to schedule tests at facilities that do not host NASCAR NEXTEL Cup events [such as Kentucky, Nashville, Greenville-Pickens, Rockingham, etc]. There will be six test locations that include Lowe's Motor Speedway, Daytona International Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Testing in Daytona will be conducted January 9-11 (even-numbered cars) and January 16-18 (odd-numbered cars). The Las Vegas tests will be January 30-February 1. All other dates will be announced at a later time.(NASCAR PR)(11-10-2005)

  • 2006 Nextel Cup Testing Dates:
    Daytona: Jan 9-11 and 16-18
    Las Vegas: Jan 30 - Feb 1.
    Richmond: Apr 11-13
    Lowe's: May 1-3
    Indianapolis: July 10-12
    Homestead: October 16-18

  • 2005
    As far as I know, the same rules as in 2004:
    Each team (consisting of a car #) are allowed five two-day private-car tests and four single-day tests (14 total days).
    A team with a rookie driver (#'s 5,23?,36,77) are permitted seven two-day tests and five single-day tests (19 total days) at a Cup track.
    Teams can test unlimted amount at non Cup tracks such as:
    Kentucky Speedway, Greensville-Pickens Speedway, USA Intl Speedway in Lakeland FL, Nashville Superspeedway
    Texas World Speedway, Virginia Intl Raceway, plus proving grounds such as General Motors facility in Mesa, AZ, Ford's in Yucca, AZ and Dodge uses Chrysler's Chelsea Proving Grounds in Michigan.
    ALL teams get charged a two-day test date for the Daytona 500.
    West Coast Testing at California/Las Vegas in Jan/Feb will count as one two-day test.
    AND - For new Cup and Busch teams or those not among the top 45 in the 2003 owner points and/or in the top 45 in the current seasons owner points will receive one two-day test and one single-day test (total of three days) until they attempt to qualify for a race. Each time a qualification attempt is made, teams will receive an additional two-day/single-day allotment, up to the maximum amount.

  • 2004
    Each team (consisting of a car #) are allowed five two-day private-car tests and four single-day tests (14 total days).
    A team with a rookie driver (#'s 9,10,22,25,30,77) are permitted seven two-day tests and five single-day tests (19 total days) at a Cup track.
    Teams can test unlimted amount at non Cup tracks such as:
    Kentucky Speedway, Greensville-Pickens Speedway, USA Intl Speedway in Lakeland FL, Nashville Superspeedway
    Texas World Speedway, Virginia Intl Raceway, plus proving grounds such as General Motors facility in Mesa, AZ, Ford's in Yucca, AZ and Dodge uses Chrysler's Chelsea Proving Grounds in Michigan.
    ALL teams get charged a two-day test date for the Daytona 500.
    AND - For new Cup and Busch teams or those not among the top 45 in the 2003 owner points and/or in the top 45 in the current seasons owner points will receive one two-day test and one single-day test (total of three days) until they attempt to qualify for a race. Each time a qualification attempt is made, teams will receive an additional two-day/single-day allotment, up to the maximum amount.

  • 2003
    Each team (consisting of a car #) can test up to five times at a track that holds a Cup race.
    Each test can last two days.
    A team with a rookie driver (#'s 0,14,16,41,42,66,74) can test nine times at a Cup track.
    Teams can test unlimted amount at non Cup tracks such as: Kentucky Speedway, Greensville-Pickens Speedway, USA Intl Speedway in Lakeland FL, Nashville Superspeedway
    Texas World Speedway, Virginia Intl Raceway, plus proving grounds such as General Motors facility in Mesa, AZ, Ford's in Yucca, AZ and Dodge uses Chrysler's Chelsea Proving Grounds in Michigan.
    ALL teams get charged a Test date for the Daytona 500, whether they test or not.

  • 2002
    Each team (consisting of a car #) can test up to seven times at a track that holds a Cup race.
    Each test can last two days.
    A team with a rookie driver (#'s 12,48,59) can test 12 times at a Cup track.
    Teams can test unlimited amount at non Cup tracks (Kentucky, Greensville-Pickens, Lakeland, Nashville, etc)
    ALL teams get charged a Test date for Daytona, Indy and Las Vegas whether they test or not.


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