Dayton Jeff Gordon testing notes 96-06-10

Gordon opens three-day test at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 10) -- Defending NASCAR Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon dodged rain drops but successfully shook-down a new Chevrolet Monte Carlo as a three-day test for the July 6 Pepsi...

Gordon opens three-day test at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 10) -- Defending NASCAR Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon dodged rain drops but successfully shook-down a new Chevrolet Monte Carlo as a three-day test for the July 6 Pepsi 400 opened Monday at Daytona International Speedway. Gordon logged laps between 186-188 mph in the car that was built to replace one damaged in the season-opening Daytona 500. The Hendrick Motorsports team also had that rebuilt car on hand for the test. "We didn't plan on coming here for this test, but we didn't plan on wrecking two cars in two superspeedway races either," said Gordon, speaking of the cars damaged at Daytona and Talladega Superspeedway, in the Winston Select 500. "The conditions are so much different here in July (than in February) that we're just trying to gather as much good information as we can for when we come back. "Of course, we're going to share this data with the five car (teammate Terry Labonte) and especially the 25 (Ken Schrader), because Ray (Evernham, Gordon's crew chief) is also in a co-crew chief position with that operation." Gordon also commented on recent rule changes that mandated slightly different body configurations for the Chevrolet Monte Carlo front air dam and rear spoiler. "I think we were just going to see what the Fords had at the next two races coming up, especially at the flat race tracks like Pocono and New Hampshire," he said. "Even though Chevies did pretty well at Dover, I think we were fixing to get slammed the next couple weeks. I drive a Chevrolet, so I'm glad to see us get some help. "What people can't forget is that there are only three or four (Chevy) teams that are doing so well. Everybody else needed some help. I feel like no matter if this (No. 24) team had a Chevrolet, a Pontiac or a Ford they'd still be at the front because they're that good." Gordon said his team might not use all three scheduled test days, depending on how the session progressed. The test will continue Tuesday. A section of the Oldfield Grandstand will be open at no charge with access through the Visitors' Center. Sega Speedway, the video arcade containing a number of different racing games -- including an eight-seat version of the "DAYTONA USA" video game -- that is part of the DAYTONA USA complex that is scheduled to open July 5, is currently open to the public. Guided Speedway tours are also offered from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Terry Labonte , Ken Schrader