By Steve Pouliot - 4 October 2012:
|Jeff Burton and Kasey Kahne test Talladega in heavily disguised 2013 cars|
NASCAR held a test at Talladega Superspeedway yesterday in preparation for the new car's debut next season. The new cars will feature more "brand identity" for the series manufacturers. the test was held to gather data on aerodynamics, cooling and drivability. The new-look cars turned competitive laps while drafting and in single-car runs.
"With a different car, we'll look at what it's going to take for plate size and some other things, but the main concern is how the cars draft, how they react in the draft, and obviously to get more one-on-one racing,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "All of the input that we have from the drivers and the teams so far has been pretty good."
Each manufacturer was represented by the following teams on track in Alabama for a 6 hour test.
· Chevrolet, which will run the 2013 SS model, was supported by Richard Childress Racing's Jeff Burton, Hendrick Motorsports' Kasey Kahne and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing's Juan Pablo Montoya.
· Ford, which will field an all-new Fusion next season, was represented by Penske Racing's Sam Hornish Jr. and Roush Fenway Racing's Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
· Toyota was represented by Joey Logano driving the 2013 Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing and Brian Vickers at the wheel for Michael Waltrip Racing.
“NASCAR's working really hard to make them drive better and make the races more exciting,” Kahne said. “Right there, we had five or six of us out there and it was actually pretty dicey and pretty exciting. We're definitely going in the right direction and that's great from a drivers' standpoint because we're going to be able to race and pass more, and it’s awesome from a fans' standpoint because they're going to get a much better show all the time.”
The car will make it's official debut at Daytona in February.
Photo Credit: By Jared C. Tilton, Getty Images for NASCAR