NASCAR Cup Series teams and drivers are taking part in an organizational test Tuesday and Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway, giving the Next Gen car another preseason tune-up before its 2022 season debut.
NASCAR.com is delivering live-streaming video coverage of the two-day test, which runs from noon-8 p.m. ET Tuesday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET Wednesday. Fans were allowed to attend Tuesday’s session free of charge from the grandstands and the infield fan zone, with registration available online or at the gate.
Click below to watch the streams live:
The two-day test comes in advance of the season-opening Daytona 500, scheduled Feb. 20 (2:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM). Two tests of the new Next Gen model have already taken place at Daytona – a single-car session Dec. 15-16, 2020 and a multi-car test with eight teams in attendance last Sept. 7-8.
This week’s sessions will allow drivers to get more familiar with the Next Gen car’s characteristics in a multi-car pack, but will also allow NASCAR competition officials to gather feedback to dial in the superspeedway package for the circuit’s fastest ovals in 2022. Teams are scheduled to start this week’s test with the superspeedway configuration used last week in testing at Atlanta Motor Speedway — a target engine output of 510 horsepower combined with a 7-inch rear spoiler.
The superspeedway configuration will be used at the 2.5-mile Daytona track and the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway. It is expected to also be in effect at 1.54-mile Atlanta, which will feature steeper banking and fresh pavement for its 2022 race weekends. All other tracks will use a baseline target of 670 horsepower with a smaller 4-inch rear spoiler.
The following drivers were taking part in the test:
|Trackhouse Racing||1||Ross Chastain, Daniel Saurez|
|Front Row Motorsports||38||Todd Gilliland, Michael McDowell|
|Richard Childress Racing||3||Austin Dillon|
|Motorsports Business Management||66||Timmy Hill|
|Spire Motorsports||7||Corey Lajoie, Josh Bilicki, Landon Cassill|
|Joe Gibbs Racing||11||Denny Hamlin|
|Rick Ware Racing||15||Cody Ware|
|Team Penske||2||Austin Cindric|
|Wood Brothers Racing||21||Harrison Burton|
|Team Penske||22||Joey Logano||Tuesday|
|Hendrick Motorsports||24||William Byron|
|Kaulig Racing||31||Justin Haley, Daniel Hemric|
|JTG Daugherty Racing||47||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.|
|Roush Fenway Racing||6||Brad Keselowski, Chris Buescher|
|Hendrick Motorsports||9||William Byron|
|GMS Racing||94||Erik Jones|
|Team Penske||12||Ryan Blaney||Wednesday|
|23XI Racing||45||Kurt Busch|
|Team Hezeberg||27||Jaques Villeneuve|
One more preseason test is scheduled Jan. 25-26 at Phoenix Raceway. The Cup Series will kick off its season with the Busch Light Clash exhibition at the LA Coliseum on Feb. 6 (6 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) before the Next Gen car’s points-paying debut in the Daytona 500.