Test Session Held at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. —Seven Cup teams turned laps last week at Daytona International Speedway, seeking the best baseline aerodynamic package for next January’s preseason testing.

Teams participating in Tuesday’s test included Dale Earnhardt Jr., Aric Almirola, David Ragan, Marcos Ambrose, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr. and Joe Nemechek.

Earnhardt said Tuesday’s test session was a “positive step in finding a solution to the drafting style at Daytona.”

“I did not anticipate finding a magical solution here today, but we will be much better off and a lot smarter about things by having tested,” Earnhardt said. “This is just part of the work that needs to get done. There are a lot of creative minds out here. We’re learning what we need to know. I think we’re all in agreement that we probably won’t totally rid ourselves of the tandem racing, but I’m confident we can get to the point where it will not be the norm.”

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Director John Darby said the test should allow NASCAR the ability to formulate a solid baseline aerodynamic package that teams can work on heading into next January’s three-day test session at DIS, Jan. 12-14.

“One of our goals is to give the teams more options when it comes to how they draft and we believe we’re headed in the right direction on that,” Darby said. “We want to be able to reduce the difference in the speeds between the tandem style of racing and more of the pack style of racing and we made a lot of good progress on that here today.”

Both Earnhardt and Martin Truex agreed that the transition to Electronic Fuel Injection in the Cup series is right on track. NASCAR will implement EFI in the Cup series beginning at Daytona next season.

“To be honest with you, if you didn’t know it when you got into the car, you couldn’t tell a difference,” said Truex. “The only thing that’s different is the way it starts. You don’t have to pump the gas like a normal carburetor. You just flip the switch and crank it up like a street car.”

Joey Logano and his No. 20 Home Depot team practiced without a rear spoiler.

“We learned that when you take a spoiler out of a race car at Daytona it makes the car go faster,” Logano said. “We were going 206 or 207 or so. We’ve been doing that, taking the rear spring out of the car and just taking downforce away from these things. We’re slowly getting away from the two-car draft, making it harder to do it. I guess we’ve made gains today because that’s what NASCAR is looking for.”

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