Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Goodyear Expects 28 Teams at Tire Test on July 30
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Michigan International Speedway will host 28 teams on Monday, July 30 when Goodyear holds a one-day tire test for all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams.
The best drivers in NASCAR will once again descend on the Irish Hills to continue their preparations for the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, August 19. The star-studded list includes 28 drivers and teams who will take advantage of the added practice time.
“This test will help Goodyear select a tire that is more compatible with the fast Michigan racing surface, and improve an already competitive race weekend from start to finish,” NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said, “Goodyear invited a majority of teams to Michigan, and we’ll work together on all elements to put on the best show possible for our fans.”
The following drivers are scheduled to attend the test at MIS on July 30. The drive lineup is tentative and subject to change. Teams may not reflect full-time roster driver.
· # 1 Jamie McMurray
· #2 Brad Keselowski
· #5 Kasey Kahne
· #9 Marcos Ambrose
· #11 Denny Hamlin
· #13 Casey Mears
· #14 Danica Patrick for Tony Stewart
· #15 Clint Bowyer
· #16 Greg Biffle
· #17 Matt Kenseth
· #18 Kyle Busch
· #20 Joey Logano
· #21 Trevor Bayne
· #24 Jeff Gordon
· #27 Paul Menard
· #29 Kevin Harvick
· #30 David Stremme
· #31 Jeff Burton
· #39 Ryan Newman
· #42 Juan Pablo Montoya
· #43 Aric Almirola
· #51 Kurt Busch
· #55 Mark Martin
· #56 Martin Truex, Jr.
· #78 Regan Smith
· #83 Landon Cassill
· #93 Travis Kvapil
· #99 Carl Edwards
The track will open the Turn 1 Grandstand from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 30 for fans to watch the test free of charge.
“This is a unique opportunity for fans to see the drivers again test the repaved racing surface,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “The 28 teams who will be here feature some of the best in the sport as they continue to prepare for the upcoming Pure Michigan 400. The test falls at a perfect time for our fans as they get a chance to see cars on track between our two races.”
Testing times, track schedule and drivers are subject to change due to weather or other circumstances.
Fans are asked to park in Lot 10 off US 12 and enter the grandstands through Gate 17, just behind the water tower. The restroom facilities will be open and concession stands will be available. Fans are also allowed to bring in coolers that meet the MIS grandstand gate policies for any race weekend.
Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike.
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Michigan International Speedway 2012 Schedule
Friday, Aug. 17 Gatorade Pole Day
Saturday, Aug. 18 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series VFW 200
Sunday, Aug. 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400
Tuesday, Sept. 11 Spirit of America