Daytona Expands Preseason Thunder
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Preseason Thunder, the annual NASCAR testing session at Daytona Int’l Speedway featuring the Sprint Cup Series, will expand in 2014 with the addition of the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series.
Preseason Thunder marks the official start to NASCAR’s “Road To Daytona.”
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will test on Jan. 9-10 as they shake down their cars in advance of the prestigious season-opening 56th annual Daytona 500 Feb. 23. The NASCAR Nationwide Series will test on Jan. 11-12 for their season-opening event —the DRIVE4COPD 300 on Saturday, Feb. 22.
The Camping World Truck Series will wrap up Preseason Thunder on Jan. 13-14 as they prep for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday night, Feb. 21.
It’s the first time since 2008 that the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series teams have participated in January testing sessions at Daytona Int’l Speedway.
All test sessions are scheduled between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day, weather permitting. Each session includes a lunch break from noon until 1 p.m.
“We’re looking forward to hosting all three of NASCAR’s national touring series for Preseason Thunder,” Daytona ‘l Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “Having the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series teams join the stars of the Sprint Cup Series in testing the high banks will ignite plenty of excitement for the start of the new NASCAR season.”