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Erik Jones to test Next Gen car at Homestead; grandstands open to fans

UPDATE: Erik Jones is scheduled to drive the NASCAR Cup Series’ Next Gen car in its third on-track test Wednesday and Thursday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Next Gen car is set to make its competition debut in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. Next week’s test is the first at a 1.5-mile track.

Select grandstands will be open for viewing purposes to fans who have purchased a ticket to the Dixie Vodka 400, Miami’s 2020 event on March 22. Testing will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, with a lunch break splitting up the morning and afternoon sessions. Weather will dictate the specific schedule.

ORIGINAL POST 1/7/2020: NASCAR confirmed Monday the third test of the Cup Series’ Next Gen car will take place next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The two-day test, which is closed to the public, is set for Wednesday, Jan. 15 and Thursday, Jan. 16. A driver for the test has not been confirmed.

This will mark the first time the car, which is scheduled to debut in 2021, has been in action on an oval track larger than one mile.

See more at NBC Sports.