NASCAR sets Daytona specs, testing starts Thursday

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams head to Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Thursday for three days of testing in preparation for the Daytona 500 and other Speedweeks activities hosted by the track in February. It’ll be the first test for the new sixth generation cars at Daytona.

“There has been a lot of work put into the development of the Gen-6 car by the manufacturers, teams and NASCAR,” NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said. “It will be exciting to see the new cars on the track for Daytona Preseason Thunder.”

While teams have yet to test their new cars at Daytona, they have tested at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, NASCAR’s other restrictor plate track. Using data gathered from Talladega testing, NASCAR has announced its car specifications for Daytona.

Barring some unforseen issues at the upcoming Daytona test, following are NASCAR’s specifications for racing next month at Daytona International Speedway, including the Shootout exhibition event and the Daytona 500:

restrictor plate opening: 29/32 inches
spoiler: four inches high, 53 inches wide, angle-70 degrees
front grille opening: 1.75 inches high, 23 inches wide
radiator relief valve: 32 PSI

“This test is an opportunity for the teams to prepare their cars for Speedweeks and the 55th running of the Daytona 500,” Pemberton said. “This is the teams’ test and provides an excellent lead into the upcoming 2013 season.”

Also, for fans who’ll be in Daytona on Thursday, the Preseason Thunder event at Daytona will include driver autograph and question and answer sessions featuring most Sprint Cup drivers in the evening, following the first day of testing.

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Topics: Daytona, Daytona 500, NASCAR

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