Daytona Preseason Thunder Jan. 10-12

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The new 2013 Sprint Cup Series racecar will be tested Jan. 10-12 during Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo: NASCAR Media)

Updated at 5:45 p.m. (ET)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona Preseason Thunder, the annual three-day NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test session at Daytona International Speedway in advance of the season-opening Daytona 500, will be held Jan. 10-12, 2013.

This will mark the first time the new 2013 Sprint Cup Series racecars, which highlight greater brand identity for the manufacturers, will turn laps on Daytona's 2.5-mile tri-oval.

The new-look cars will conduct test sessions between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (ET) each day, weather permitting.  Each session includes a lunch break from noon until 1 p.m.

“Daytona Preseason Thunder is an exciting time for both the teams and the fans as NASCAR begins the rollout of its new 2013 car,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III.  “NASCAR fans are looking forward to seeing the production-modeled racecars on the track, beginning with the sport’s most prestigious race – the 55th annual Daytona 500.”

Race fans can also rev up their new year at the Daytona Preseason Thunder Fan Fest, companion event to the January test sessions.  Along with watching Daytona Preseason Thunder on track activity from the Sprint FANZONE, fans can enjoy Fan Fest on Thursday, Jan. 10, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The schedule of driver question-and-answer and autograph sessions will be finalized closer to the event.  Tickets for the Daytona Preseason Thunder Fan Fest, which include autograph session wristbands, will be available for purchase at a later date.  Fans who would like to be contacted regarding Daytona Preseason Thunder Fan Fest ticket information can sign up online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/thunder.

They can also watch each day’s testing at no cost from a section of the Oldfield Grandstands.

NASCAR also has scheduled additional test dates at Charlotte Motor Speedway for Dec. 11-12 and Jan. 17-18 as an option for teams that want to supplement their new-car testing schedule.  These dates will not count toward their 2013 allotment.

In addition to NASCAR testing, Daytona International Speedway will host The Roar Before The Rolex 24, a tune-up session for GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge teams in advance of the 51st running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona.  The test is scheduled for Jan. 4-6.  Ticketholders for the 2013 Rolex 24 At Daytona will be admitted free of charge.

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