Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Earnhardt Jr, Edwards, Hornish test for Goodyear at Charlotte Thursday

Check out Carl Edwards new number and colors!
The official start of the 2015 NASCAR season is more than two months away, but four Sprint Cup Series teams will be back on the track next week at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Goodyear officials have schedule a tire test for Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 9-10 at the 1.5-mile speedway, with representatives from each of the three auto manufacturers scheduled to participate.

Slated to take part in the test are drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet), Sam Hornish Jr. (Richard Petty Motorsports No. 9 Ford) and Carl Edwards (Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota). One of three entries from Richard Childress Racing will participate as well although RCR officials declined to confirm which team would be involved. The organization fields Chevrolet teams for drivers Austin Dillon, Paul Menard and Ryan Newman.

It will be the first official on-track effort for Edwards since the 35-year-old departed Roush Fenway Racing to join JGR as well as the first for Hornish with RPM. Both will be working with new crew chiefs – Hornish, who replacesMarcos Ambrose, will be paired with crew chief Drew Blickensderfer; Edwards will also be working with his new crew chief, Dave Rogers.

Also paired with a new crew chief will be Earnhardt Jr. Greg Ives, who helped guide JR Motorsports driverChase Elliott to the NASCAR Nationwide Series title, moves over to the No. 88 entry to replace Steve Letarte.

Ives worked briefly with Earnhardt during a late-October Sprint Cup test session at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Earnhardt mentioned the upcoming test during a chat on Team Chevy's Twitter handle.

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