NASCAR Tests 2013 Cup Cars
August 7, 2012 | 6:25 P.M. EST
Kevin Harvick puts the new 2013 Sprint Cup Series Chevrolet through its paces Tuesday at Martinsville Speedway. (Photo: Martinsville Speedway)
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – NASCAR rolled out its new 2013 Sprint Cup Series cars at Martinsville Speedway on Tuesday.
After a few laps on the track in the morning, Carl Edwards didn’t know much about his No. 99 Ford's performance. But he was positive about one thing, however.
“It looks like a neat racecar," said Edwards, who was among the drivers taking part in a two-day Goodyear Tire test - joining Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick. “I like going fast. I like the competition and I really like good-looking racecars.”
Edwards expects his new Ford Fusion to be solid on the racetrack.
"From a competitive side, it (the new car) can only be good for us," he said. "Our team responds well to changes. With the COT (Car of Tomorrow), we had a lot of success when it first came on the scene so I think anything different is good."
As much as anything, though, Tuesday provided Edwards with an opportunity to get seat time at Martinsville, a track where he has often struggled.
“I’m just glad to be getting some laps at Martinsville," he said. "It’s a track that’s been really, really difficult for me personally and our Roush Fenway team for a couple of years now. I like this place. It’s fun to drive. I just want to get faster.”
The tire test concludes Wednesday. It's open to the public free of charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EDT).