New Cup Car Tested at Texas

Texas Test NSCS

Kyle Busch puts the 2013 Sprint Cup Series Camry through its paces during Tuesday's test session at Texas Motor Speedway. (Photo: NASCAR Media)

FORT WORTH, Texas - Next year’s redesigned Sprint Cup Series racecars are on the fast track ... literally.

Last week, NASCAR's next-generation Cup car was tested on the high banks of the series’ largest track, Talladega Superspeedway.  On Tuesday, the next step was taken in the 2013 car rollout during the first of a two-day Goodyear Tire test on the 1.5-mile oval at Texas Motor Speedway.

Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard and Juan Pablo Montoya tested Goodyear Eagles on the cars scheduled to debut next season.

"Moving into 2013, we’ve worked hand-in-hand with Goodyear and its engineers to get a plan together to build tires specifically for this new racecar and to optimize the grip,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition.  “We've built this car with the mindset that we're going after more of a mechanical grip and reduce some of the aero dependencies of the car for 2013.  This test is actually our very first with multiple cars that have the new aero package."

Tuesday's session is part of a rigorous testing schedule for NASCAR and Goodyear heading into the 2013 season.  Biffle, Busch, Menard and Montoya will test the new models again Wednesday at TMS with future sessions scheduled at Phoenix International Raceway on Oct. 23-24 and Charlotte Motor Speedway on Nov. 6-7.

The 1.5-mile oval at Texas provided a perfect proving ground for the new Chevrolet SS, Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry models.

"It’s definitely headed in the right direction, 100 percent,” Biffle said.  “They’ve taken weight out of the car, which I think was the right move.  What we’re working on is getting more mechanical grip and having the car not be so aero-dependent."

NASCAR has worked with Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota to develop the next generation of racecars that will make their debut during Budweiser Speedweeks 2013 at Daytona International Speedway.  The new cars are designed to mirror their production counterparts in appearance.

“It’s going to look really, really cool,” Montoya said.  “I’m excited.  If you’re a fan and you like a certain car, you’re really going to fall in love with it watching a race.  And you can relate to it more than before.”

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