Eighteen drivers expected for Goodyear tire test on Dec. 15-16

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For the first time since 1978, Daytona International Speedway was repaved. The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on the new pavement will be the 53rd Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – At least 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will participate in the two-day Goodyear tire test on the new racing surface at Daytona International Speedway in advance of the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 20.

The test will be the first time race cars will turn laps on the new asphalt of Daytona International Speedway, which was repaved for only the second time in its history.

The Goodyear tire test will be open to the public with free access to the Oldfield Grandstands through the lobby of the Daytona International Speedway ticket office.

Drivers scheduled to participate in the test include:

2010 Daytona 500 champion Jamie McMurray

Brad Keselowski

Mark Martin

Jeff Gordon

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

David Ragan

Kurt Busch

Casey Mears

Matt Kenseth

Bill Elliott

Paul Menard

Jeff Burton

Juan Pablo Montoya

Bobby Labonte

Todd Bodine

Regan Smith

Reed Sorenson

Brian Keselowski

On July 5, Lane Construction began the historic repaving project and used an estimated 50,000 tons of asphalt to repave more than 1.4 million square feet of Daytona International Speedway with a target completion date of Jan. 1, 2011.

Two test sessions have already been scheduled for January – the Roar Before The Rolex 24 on Jan. 7-9 and NASCAR Preseason Thunder with the Sprint Cup Series tams on Jan. 20-22.

Speedweeks 2011 will kick off with the 49th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race on Jan. 29-30 and conclude with the 53rd annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20, the prestigious season-opening event to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

Tickets? Questions? Call 1-800-PIT-SHOP

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