Daytona test 97-04-08

Four NASCAR Winston Cup teams test at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 8, 1997) -- Four NASCAR Winston Cup teams participated in a special test session conducted by the sanctioning body Tuesday at the 2.5-mile Daytona ...

Four NASCAR Winston Cup teams test at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 8, 1997) -- Four NASCAR Winston Cup teams participated in a special test session conducted by the sanctioning body Tuesday at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway. Teams that participated were those of drivers Bobby Labonte (Pontiac), Sterling Marlin (Chevrolet), Mark Martin (Ford) and Ted Musgrave (Ford). The teams of Marlin and Labonte planned to remain at the track Wednesday to continue testing, with an eye toward the July 5 Pepsi 400 at Daytona, slated as the 16th of 32 races on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. For Wednesday's test, a section of the Oldfield Grandstand will be open to the public with access through the DAYTONA USA lobby. Guided Speedway Tours are also available. The following are statements from NASCAR Winston Cup Director Gary Nelson regarding Tuesday's test session:

On the test itself: "We tried a lot of things in a short amount of time. The two main combinations we experimented with aerodynamically were low drag combined with low down force and high drag combined with high down force. These cars are so slick and built so well, a change here and there can make a difference. Some things worked better than others but the time wasn't wasted."

The reason for the test: "We try to work with our teams to do what's best for the sport. When we were here (Daytona) in February (for the Daytona 500) we talked with several teams with a lot of ideas. More than one team asked us to bring some cars back down here and apply some of these ideas to the cars. With the cooperation of these teams: Roush Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing and Morgan-McClure, we were able to do that."

There were questions about tests without restrictor plates: "We never took the plates off. We tried several different sizes, but we never took the plates off."

Rule changes for this year: "We always keep our options open. But we would rather stay with what we have than do something that hasn't been researched."

Contact: NASCAR Public Relations

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Sterling Marlin , Ted Musgrave , Mark Martin
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing