NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series will return to Daytona International Speedway for the second race of the season next weekend, but preparations are already underway for next season with the announcement of the dates for Daytona Preseason Thunder.
NASCAR and Daytona International Speedway announced that the testing sessions will take place one week later in 2015, with Sprint Cup Series teams hitting the track January 15th and 16th as they prepare for the 57th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015. In the event of rain, additional track time will be added on Saturday, January 17th.
This year’s Daytona testing was scheduled for January 9th and 10th, but rain washed out the planned first day of testing, moving all on-track activity to January 10th.
“Each year, Preseason Thunder gives fans a sneak peek into the upcoming season, and specifically, NASCAR’s crown jewel, the Daytona 500,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “In 2015, the date will change. The anticipation, and the thrill of cars returning to the race track, will not.”
The new date will be part of an action-packed January for Daytona International Speedway. The IMSA Roar Before The Rolex 24 will be held on January 9th through 11th. IMSA teams will have only one weekend off between the Roar and the prestigious Rolex 24 in 2015. The Preseason Thunder Fan Fest, the companion event to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series testing, is scheduled on Thursday night, January 15th. Tickets for Preseason Thunder Fan Fest as well as a schedule of driver question-and-answer and autograph sessions will be available at a later date.
Information and quotes in this piece provided by NASCAR.
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