RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY ONE OF JUST FOUR TRACKS TO HOST NASCAR BUSCH SERIES TEST SESSIONS IN 2007 Richmond, VA (October 12, 2006)--Adding even more excitement to Richmond International Raceway's 2007 preseason, NASCAR...
RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY ONE OF JUST FOUR TRACKS TO HOST NASCAR BUSCH SERIES TEST SESSIONS IN 2007
Richmond, VA (October 12, 2006)--Adding even more excitement to Richmond International Raceway's 2007 preseason, NASCAR officials announced this week that America's Premier Short Track will be one of just four tracks--and the only short track--that will be permitted to host official NASCAR Busch Series tests next season. Richmond International Raceway's test session is scheduled for March 27-28.
NASCAR announced last month that Richmond International Raceway was also selected as one of seven tracks to host an official NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series test session, which is scheduled for April 3-4. NASCAR determined the test schedule with the input and cooperation of each of the teams' crew chiefs in both series, reinforcing the fact that Richmond International Raceway is one of the most popular, significant and premier stops on the schedules of NASCAR's top two series.
"Richmond International Raceway has always been an important stop on the NASCAR Busch Series schedule, and for the second straight year, we will be the only short track to host NASCAR Busch Series testing," said track president Doug Fritz. "By once again hosting the 26th race of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season--the final race before the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup--our track has excelled to a new level of prestige, making it crucial for those drivers to gain information at Richmond International Raceway."
Richmond International Raceway held one of four NASCAR Busch Series test sessions earlier this year, as well as one of six NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series test sessions. Each event drew virtually the entire field from both series over the two separate three-day sessions, which guaranteed fans the opportunity to see their favorite drivers in action prior to the NASCAR doubleheader weekend at Richmond International Raceway.
Richmond International Raceway will continue its longstanding policy of allowing fans to watch testing from the grandstands free of charge for both NASCAR Busch and NEXTEL Cup Series test sessions.
"We encourage all of our fans to come out for both test sessions in March and April to see their favorite drivers turning laps in preparation for the NASCAR doubleheader at America's Premier Short Track in May," said Fritz.
NASCAR instituted the track testing policy this year that pre-sets a schedule for when and where NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series tests are to be conducted. The scheduled tests are the only opportunities teams will have to test at each series' tracks. The policy was implemented to serve as an aid to maintain better overall competitive balance for the teams and contain costs.
"NASCAR received input and recommendations from each of the crew chiefs that was valuable to our decision making process," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president for competition. "The tracks that were selected provide the teams with a wide variety of layouts, surfaces and track characteristics that should provide them with an opportunity to have success in 2007."
The 2007 season at Richmond International Raceway kicks off Friday, May 4 with the NASCAR Busch Series 250 and pole qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. The weekend continues Saturday, May 5 as the Crown Royal 400 presents Your Name Here showcases the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. The IndyCar® Series returns June 30 for the SunTrust Indy Challenge, as Danica Patrick, Marco Andretti, Sam Hornish Jr., Helio Castroneves, Dan Wheldon and many other drivers will turn laps at more than 170 mph. NASCAR will visit Richmond International Raceway again September 7-8 for the NASCAR Busch Series 250 and the Chevy Rock & Roll 400. Tickets are available now for non-NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events. Please call 1-866-455-7223 or visit www.rir.com.