Teams Busy Testing
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on May 14, 2013 | 5:19 P.M. EST
Trevor Bayne is testing through Wednesday at Michigan International Speedway. (Photo: MIS)
All three of Stewart-Haas Racing teams - Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman and Danica Patrick - are testing through Wednesday at Dover. They’re joined by Earnhardt Ganassi Racing teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray. German Racing with Casey Mears also tested there.
Two Nationwide teams tested Tuesday at Dover with Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon and Brian Scott for Richard Childress Racing and Sam Hornish Jr. and Ryan Blaney of Penske Racing.
Kurt Busch and Trevor Bayne are testing through Wednesday at Michigan International Speedway.
And, Goodyear has a tire test at New Hampshire on Tuesday and Wednesday with Dave Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton.
Speeds were down at Michigan on Tuesday - Marcos Ambrose set the track record at 203.241 mph in June - although Bayne and Busch said the speeds could increase when teams return next month and the track adds more rubber. Bayne said he was at 193 mph early Tuesday.
“This is obviously a huge track for Ford and the Wood Brothers,’’ Bayne said. “That is why we are testing here. We want to have a strong run and use this information we use today to bring it back for the Cup race and transfer that to the Nationwide race as well.’’
Said Busch about his test: “We’re just trying to get a feel for the Goodyear tires and the balance of this new Gen-6 car that has a lot of extra little things on this car that we didn’t have last year. I’m glad we came to test. If we had to unload and work on this car in an hour and a half (practice session) we would have been behind.’’
Speed was a key element at the Dover test, according to McMurray.
"Everywhere we’ve been with this car it’s been quite a bit faster than the car that we had last year," he said. “Normally at a test you can run faster than you can at the race. The track is clean, there’s not a lot of rubber on it, so yeah, our speeds today have been quite a bit quicker than what we ran in race trip last year. It’s got a lot of grip and the track is really fast."