RAIN DELAYS CHARLOTTE TESTING
Rain Delays Charlotte Testing
Weather keeps Sprint Cup cars in the garage at Charlotte Motor Speedway…
Mike Hembree | January 17, 2013 Concord, NC
The rain is winning.
Weather has delayed the start of two days of Sprint Cup Gen-Six car testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Heavy rain was falling at 9 a.m., the scheduled start of Thursday testing.
Rain is expected throughout the day today in the speedway area. NASCAR officials said Thursday morning they will re-evaluate the situation at noon with the possibility of cancelling today’s schedule.
Friday’s weather forecast is improved. NASCAR said the testing will not be extended to Saturday.
Almost 40 Cup teams tested the new cars for portions of three days last week at Daytona International Speedway.
NASCAR and many of the participating drivers expressed satisfaction with the performance of the new cars on the 2.5-mile surface, where drafting speeds approached 200 miles per hour.
Trevor Bayne had the top drafting speed of 199.650 miles per hour. Greg Biffle had the fastest single-car run at 194.936.
The Charlotte tests will be dramatically different as teams attempt to fine-tune the new cars on a surface similar to many that will be on the seasonal schedule. CMS also hosted testing in December.
More than 30 cars are on site for the CMS test. Among the teams on hand are Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Penske Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing.
Mike Hembree is NASCAR Editor for SPEED.com and has been covering motorsports for 31 years. He is a six-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year Award.