January NASCAR Testing At DIS Cancelled

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 14, 2008) -- In an effort to help teams manage costs, NASCAR is suspending testing for its three national and two regional racing series for the 2009 season.

Daytona International Speedway will not host January testing sessions for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series or Camping World Truck Series.  The track will host the NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fests on Jan. 16-17.

Statement from Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig on the cancellation of January NASCAR testing
 
“Due to the new NASCAR testing policy, there will be no January testing at Daytona International Speedway in 2009. We support NASCAR in trying to help with expenses across the board for everybody involved in the sport. DIS will continue to be busy during the months of December and January as we’re hosting ARCA RE/MAX Series testing, Daytona KartWeek By Cometic Gasket and Rolex 24 At Daytona testing. In addition, we will continue to work with NASCAR in an effort to promote DIRECTV Speedweeks and the start of the NASCAR season. . Without testing, this will give us the opportunity to put more focus on promoting the upcoming Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 24-25 as well as DIRECTV Speedweeks and the 51st annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 15.”
 
NASCAR Suspends Testing For Its Three National And Two Regional Racing Series
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In an effort to help teams manage costs, NASCAR is suspending testing for its three national and two regional racing series for the 2009 season.
 
Testing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the NASCAR Nationwide Series, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, as well as the NASCAR Camping World East and West Regional Touring Series at tracks hosting any of those events are included in the 2009 policy.
 
NASCAR reached this decision following several months of discussion with the teams regarding testing, coupled with the current economic conditions. The suspension of testing should save the industry millions of dollars.
 
“This is a significant move during an unusual time for all of us,” said NASCAR President Mike Helton. “NASCAR has routinely adjusted its test policy over the years to reflect current conditions. This is another example of that.”

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