CORNELIUS, N.C. — After completing its most successful season in 2012, the three Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota teams are ready to start the 2013 season with the annual three-day Daytona Preseason Thunder test at Daytona International Speedway.
Highlighting the test that begins Thursday will be the drafting of the new-look Gen-6 production modeled racers that make their competition debut in the 55th annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 24
Teams face a huge learning curve with the Gen-6 and only weeks before the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing at Daytona. The Sprint Cup teams will also test at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Jan. 17-18.
Scott Miller, MWR’s executive vice president of competition: “We need to go down there and start to understand the 2013 package. We need to understand how to gain speed and to keep the cars cool in the draft.
We just need to start to understand how the 2013 cars work. We hardly have any miles on them. This car is a whole new beast for us. Daytona is going to be an exploratory test. There are a lot of things we are going to test down there.”
MWR’s Testing Plan: “We have a big list of things we will try while we are in Daytona. We will spend a lot of time on single car runs and try and optimize our qualifying package.
We will spend a minimal time drafting since our car count is very low. However, drafting is important because we need to understand the cooling and the driveability of the cars in a pack.”
We will use the same process to help us with the development of the 2013 car. Toyota Racing Development is working really hard on the engines to give us more reliability and more power.
MWR is working really hard on the development of the 2013 car. I think we can elevate our program this season and compete for a championship again.”
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