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New Sprint Cup Cars Hit The Track At Texas Motor Speedway

| , RacinToday.com Wednesday, October 10 2012

Juan Pablo Montoya tested a camouflaged 2013 Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway on Tuesday. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)

The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup cars took to the track again on Tuesday and Wednesday and they continue to get good reviews from the drivers.

This week’s tests are being held at Texas Motor Speedway. Doing the driving are Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard and Juan Pablo Montoya, who tested Goodyear Eagle’s on the next generation cars that debut next season.

In addition to new looks, the 2013 cars will feature different specifications as weight will be removed and shifted.

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

Future tests at Phoenix International Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 23-24 and Nov. 6-7, respectively.

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

“I think it’s definitely headed in the right direction, 100 percent,” Biffle said. “They’ve taken weight out of the car, which I think was definitely the right move. Basically 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 race cars that will make their debut during Speedweeks 2013 at Daytona International Speedway. The new race 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 really relate to it more than before.”

| , RacinToday.com Wednesday, October 10 2012
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