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Stewart-Haas Racing Implements a Test Team That David Hyder Will Oversee

February 2nd, 2013 at 12:20 PM
By Mark Eddinger

NASCAR has opened up testing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2013, allowing organizations to test at four tracks that are currently on the Sprint Cup schedule during the season. With the new rule some teams are trying to find the best way to go about the new testing opportunities.

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Stewart-Haas Racing announced that it has created a test team and that veteran crew chief David Hyder has been hired to oversee the project.

“With the new car coming this season, they’d been talking about putting a test team together," Hyder said. "I’m not sure what all it will entail yet, but Zippy (Stewart-Haas Racing director of competition Greg Zipadelli) told me to plan on going to Daytona.”

Stewart-Haas Racing is the first Sprint Cup team to announce that they will have a test team. With the introduction of the Generation 6 cars to the fold in 2013 SHR has made a giant step in trying to get a leg up on the competition. 

SHR will field three full time cars in 2013 for Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman and Danica Patrick. In 2014 the rumors are that Kevin Harvick will be joining the team.

"Going to work for Tony Stewart and Gene Haas was an easy decision,” Hyder said. “I hope to make myself valuable enough to them that they’ll want me to stay for a long time.”

Hyder has previous Sprint Cup Series experience with Wood Brothers Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing. He has also worked for Kevin Harvick Inc. which could mean the two will team up for the 2014 season.

Tags: Danica Patrick, David Hyder, Gene Haas, Greg Zipadelli, Kevin Harvick, Motorsports, NASCAR, Ryan Newman, Sprint Cup Series, Stewart-Haas Racing, Tony Stewart

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