Friday, January 14, 2011

One step closer to racing

There will be another test next week at Daytona International Speedway, so teams will have one more chance at seeing how their cars act, and tires react to the new pavement at Daytona.
The tests run Thursday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the teams getting a lunch break from noon until 1 p.m.
The testing has kept at least some teams busier than normal as they prepare for NASCAR's biggest race, the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20.
“I don’t ever remember being this busy in my life,” said Alan Gustafson, crew chief for Jeff Gordon's No. 24 Chevrolet. “We are so full-speed ahead already. It’s a very demanding time of the year,” Gustafson said, “but it’s very gratifying because you see projects get started and you see them come to fruition.”
The tests will also help new driver-crew chief combinations get used to each other.

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