Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday Test Session Speeds at Charlotte

New Penske teammates in harmony at Charlotte testing (Getty)
Sporting News

CONCORD, N.C. — It wasn’t just another day of practice for Sprint Cup teams Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

If it were, then NASCAR wouldn’t have spent five hours drying the track before it was finally ready for the final day of what was supposed to be a two-day test with the new 2013 car.

With rain washing out Thursday’s session and then cold overnight temperatures resulting in ice on the track barriers, Sprint Cup drivers started a nearly seven-hour test session about four hours later than originally scheduled Friday.

That was OK for the drivers, who just wanted to get on the track to see how their cars would handle on the 1.5-mile oval.

“There’s a lot of questions to be answered,” said Martin Truex Jr. as he awaited his first time in the 2013 car on an intermediate track. “What is this car like? What is it going to feel like? What kind of balance is it going to take to make more speed? What kind of shift will take place in the balance as the fuel burns off.”

After about four hours of testing, Greg Biffle posted the top speed at 192.610 mph, followed by the Toyota of Clint Bowyer (192.375), the Ford of Joey Logano (192.014) and the Chevrolet of Juan Pablo Montoya (191.761).

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