It's a rare occasion when NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams get a day all to themselves for on-track testing, so it's not surprising that more than 40 drivers are expected to take part in an open test May 2 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Multiple teams from JR Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing, Team Penske, Richard Childress Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing are among those slated to participate in the XFINITY Series portion of the test, which is scheduled to run from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. ET at the 1.5-mile facility.
Entries from ThorSport Racing, GMS Racing, Red Horse Racing, Kyle Busch Motorsports and Brad Keselowski Racing head up the Camping World Truck Series lineup. Scheduled on-track time for Truck Series teams is 3-9 p.m. ET.
"We met with the teams about testing and because we knew that Texas was going to be a repave, we'd already heard that Kentucky was going to be another repave and we knew we were looking at a new aero drag and restrictor-plate package at Indy; all the teams got together and asked us to let them have one full-blown test," Wayne Auton, managing director for the XFINITY Series, told NASCAR.com."They voted to have one test and they all picked Charlotte, which works out with the aero package and it's before the two series race there."
The schedule mirrors actual race time for the two groups -- the May 27 Hisense 4K TV 300 for the XFINITY Series is scheduled for a 1 p.m. ET start, while the May 19 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 for the Truck Series will begin at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Each entry will get six sets of tires for the test and the use of telemetry on the vehicles will be allowed.
Teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series have several opportunities to test during the season -- through Goodyear tire tests and organizational tests. XFINITY and Truck Series teams, however, are limited to additional track time during select race weekends.
Auton said because of rules changes instituted this year, teams asked for and received additional on-track time at Atlanta and Phoenix. Practice time was also beefed up at Texas because that track underwent a repave earlier this year.
The Charlotte test will give teams in the XFINITY Series to gather data from the new aerodynamic package through the use of telemetry on the vehicles.
Truck Series teams can run telemetry during extra practice sessions, but Auton said XFINITY Series teams are prohibited from running the data-gathering devices at the request of the teams.
Testing is prohibited in the two series with the exception of two developmental tests for drivers with fewer than 10 career starts and two additional tests for those competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.
Auton said Monster Energy Series drivers are allowed to participate in the one-day test.
"We made suggestion that no Cup drivers could come to the test," he said. "If you look at the numbers in the XFINITY garage for example, that was going to leave a bunch of teams out and wasn't fair. The owners wanted to know 'Why can't we bring our Cup guys if that's who we have driving our cars?'
"The (Team) Penske cars wouldn't get to test; the No. 98 (Biagi DenBeste Racing) which is part time with Aric Almirola most of the time, wasn't going to be able to test. The owners called us and said they would like the opportunities to be able to test their cars."
According to track officials, grandstands will be open to the public from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. ET. Speedway Club members, season ticket holders, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ticket holders and anyone purchasing Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tickets on Tuesday will get infield access and can view the test session from the Pit Suites overlooking pit road. The Speedway Club will be open for lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. ET.
Drivers scheduled to participate in the test are:
NASCAR XFINITY Series: Kevin Harvick and Cole Custer (Stewart-Haas Racing); Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski (Team Penske); William Byron, Elliott Sadler, Michael Annett and Justin Allgaier (JR Motorsports); Tyler Reddick and Brennan Poole (Chip Ganassi Racing); Brandon Jones, Brendan Gaughan and Daniel Hemric (Richard Childress Racing); Matt Tifft, Christopher Bell and either Denny Hamlin or Erik Jones (Joe Gibbs Racing); Darrell Wallace and Ryan Reed (Roush Fenway Racing); Blake Koch (Kaulig Racing); Ben Kennedy and Spencer Gallagher (GMS Racing); Dakoda Armstrong (JGL Racing), Casey Mears (Biagi DenBeste Racing); and Brandon Brown (King Autosport).
Camping World Truck Series: Ryan Truex (Hattori Racing Enterprises); Travis Pastrana (Niece Motorsports); Noah Gragson and Myatt Snider (Kyle Busch Motorsports); Johnny Sauter, Spencer Gallagher, Justin Haley and Kaz Grala (GMS Racing); Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe (Brad Keselowski Racing); Cody Coughlin, Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton and Grant Enfinger (ThorSport Racing); Brett Moffitt and Timothy Peters (Red Horse Racing); John Hunter Nemechek (NEMCO Motorsports); Austin Wayne Self (AM Racing); Austin Hill (Young's Motorsports); and Brandon Jones (MDM Motorsports).