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Daytona Preseason Thunder Dates Announced Along with Two More Test Sessions at Charlotte Motor Speedway

November 7th, 2012 at 7:56 PM
By Mark Eddinger

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will be spending a lot of time testing the new 2013 car in the offseason during the months of December and January leading up to the 2013 season which beings at Daytona International Speedway in February.

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Daytona Preseason Thunder, a three-day test session at Daytona International Speedway, will be held from January 10-12 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. ET each day weather permitting. 

"The Daytona Preseason Thunder testing will give teams the chance to prepare their cars for Speedweeks and the running of the Daytona 500," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR Vice President of Competition. "The new car has generated a lot of excitement and anticipation and we're looking forward to seeing it in competition next year."

In addition to the Daytona test sessions, Charlotte Motor Speedway will host two separate tests for the 2013 car. The first will take place from December 11-12 and the second will be from January 17-18.

"We've put together an aggressive and extensive testing schedule for the new car and we are pleased with how things are progressing," said Pemberton. "We have the opportunity to provide teams with a couple more optional test dates at a mile and half race track as we look to provide the most exciting and competitive racing that we possibly can."

All of the above mentioned tests will not count against the teams' 2013 allotment for testing. A new procedure introduced for the 2013 season is that each Sprint Cup Series organization will be able to conduct up to four test sessions at tracks on the season schedule.

Tags: Charlotte Motor Speedway, daytona 500, Daytona International Speedway, Motorsports, NASCAR, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, robin pemberton, speedweeks, Sprint Cup Series

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