Several NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams and drivers tested what NASCAR has nicknamed its sixth generation car on Tuesday and Wednesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Despite rain cutting testing time short on Wednesday, NASCAR was still able to get two sessions in.
Judging by some of the speeds posted, especially on Tuesday, track records may fall when drivers take to the track to qualify for Charlotte races within the 2013 season. Speeds on Wednesday exceeded 193 mph.
“I felt fast, and I knew where my throttle was, so I knew it was as fast as I have ever been around this track,” Kasey Kahne said. “I just think this car goes around the corner quicker.”
The new car received rave reviews throughout testing.
“This car is the perfect example of technology helping our sport,” No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Steve Letart said. “I think we have three makes out here that my little boy at nine-years-old can tell the difference between. I think that is the goal. . . . I think the simple fact is in 2013, we have cooler cars.”
Teams aren’t finished testing at Charlotte, though. There will be another opportunity to test new cars at the track Jan. 17 and 18.
Here’s a rundown of fast times from throughout testing:
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