Jeff Burton Points to Atlanta Motor Speedway to Fine-Tune NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow 2007) -- NASCAR's elite drivers are heading to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for five days of on-track excitement beginning Friday night, Oct. 26 and Jeff Burton...
Jeff Burton Points to Atlanta Motor Speedway to Fine-Tune NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow
2007) -- NASCAR's elite drivers are heading to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for five days of on-track excitement beginning Friday night, Oct. 26 and Jeff Burton hopes that a Car of Tomorrow test at AMS will help make his team a winning contender when the NASCAR circuit returns to Atlanta next year.
In addition to a full slate of racing that includes the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the NEXTEL Cup Series, approximately 50 teams are expected to participate in a two-day Car of Tomorrow test on Monday and Tuesday following the Oct. 28 Pep Boys Auto 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race.
"We still have a tremendous amount to learn about what we need to do with the Car of Tomorrow," Burton, a 19-time Cup Series winner said. "We'll know more about how the car will handle once we test it at Atlanta Motor Speedway."
NASCAR has constantly been evolving the Car of Tomorrow since it debuted nearly two years ago in a test session, developing a vehicle with safety and ultra-competitive racing as the chief goals.
"I think it's going to be exciting for the fans," Burton said of the Car of Tomorrow. "It's going to be a challenge to get it race-ready and a fast track like AMS is the perfect place to test it."
Burton has logged 10 top-10 finishes in 24 Cup starts, as well as back-to-back Nicorette 300 Busch Series victories at AMS, a track that Burton lists among the best on the NASCAR circuit.
"Atlanta is one of my favorite racetracks," he said. "I really enjoy going there and I'm always excited to go back. It's one of those places where we have raced well at and the competition there is so great."
Burton also points to AMS as a difficult track to master at times, but one that always produces exciting racing for both fans and drivers.
"There's been some great racing at Atlanta and to me, it's a great challenge," Burton explained. "The difference between qualifying and racing there is so big. The track gets so slick during the race, it becomes a blast to drive on. You have to get up on the wheel and drive the car and that makes it so much fun. As a race car driver, that's the kind of racing you hope for."
Fans can use their ticket to the Pep Boys Auto 500, or the March, 2008 Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race to gain admission to the test giving fans the opportunity to see Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s first laps in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.
"I love this race track," Earnhardt Jr. said of AMS. "You can move around so much. It's the best track we run at. I love it and whether I'm first or 20th, I'm having fun. I wish they would build a lot more of them like this."
Fans in attendance at the test can also register to win guided garage tours and other prizes each day of the test.
Tickets to the Pep Boys Auto 500, as well as the weekend's accompanying events, are on sale now and are available by calling the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at 877-9-AMS-TIX, 770-946-4211 or by visiting www.atlantamotorspeedway.com