After a successful testing session at Charlotte and Daytona in the last couple of months, the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car [known as the Gen-6 car] will be returning to the Charlotte Motor Speedway for a second time later this week.
An official entry list has not been been released, but drivers from Hendrick Motorsports, Penske Racing, Roush-Fenway Racing, and Richard Childress Racing are among those expected to be testing at the 1.5 mile speedway.
The testing session will be held on Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a one hour lunch break at noon. It is open to the public and there will be planned media activities.
Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway just finished up this weekend. Most of the testing were just single car runs especially after the 12-car wreck on Friday that took our many of the teams testing.
When asked about changes to the Gen-6 car, Robin Pemberton said, ”We’re right in the ballpark. We don’t foresee any changes.”
Most drivers are very excited about the look and handling of the new Gen-6 car with many drivers openly discussing their excitement. With so many unknowns this could be the wildest and most interesting Daytona 500 in history.
Speedweeks begins on February 16th with the Sprint Unlimited [formally known as the Budweiser Shootout] featuring the pole sitters of the 2012 season and previous race champions. The first time the format has been used in several years, NASCAR felt a change back to it’s roots was much needed.