The postponed Food City 500 and a wet and cold forecast has forced Goodyear to reschedule this week’s tire test at Michigan International Speedway.
Originally scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, the test will now occur next week from April 24-25.
The move means that a scheduled tire test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for those days will be rescheduled to an undetermined date.
The Michigan test takes priority with the first NASCAR race weekend at the 2-mile speedway scheduled for June 8-10. NASCAR won’t visit IMS until Sept. 7-9.
“Hopefully, this will give us much more representative conditions of what to expect for race time in June,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing, in a press release. “Since our Indy tire test was planned for this time, we’ll have to move that test to sometime in June or July.”
Teams and drivers scheduled to test at Michigan are Furniture Row Racing (Martin Truex Jr.), Hendrick Motorsports (Alex Bowman), Team Penske (Brad Keselowski), Richard Childress Racing (Austin Dillon) and Stewart-Haas Racing (Aric Almirola).
Indianapolis test teams include Chip Ganassi Racing (Jamie McMurray), Joe Gibbs Racing (Daniel Suarez), Roush Fenway Racing (Ricky Stenhouse Jr.) and Wood Brothers Racing (Paul Menard).
A two-day Goodyear tire test is underway at Texas Motor Speedway.
Involved in the test are Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney, Stewart-Haas Racing’s Aric Almirola, Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott and defending Cup champion Martin Truex Jr.
While Blaney and Almirola are debuting with new teams, it’s Elliott’s ride that is the most newsworthy.
With the No. 9 now emblazoned on the side of his car instead of the No. 24, Elliott became the first driver to pilot the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 on a track.
“Behind the wheel it’s really hard to tell what changes are when you are out there by yourself,” Elliott said during media availability. “I think the changes will probably become more apparent, hopefully, when we get to say Atlanta or get to some of the tracks that the changes are going to become important at. Out there making laps it is so hard to tell. I think until we get into those situations and kind of get some races under our belt as not only an organization, but as a manufacturer as a whole to see exactly how we stack up I think it will be tough to say until then.”
Also of note, Blaney announced he’ll be getting a pre-season haircut.
Look below for images and video from the fog-covered test.
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Five teams will participate in a Goodyear tire test today and Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway.
Testing will be Joey Logano (Team Penske), Ryan Newman (Richard Childress Racing), Erik Jones (Furniture Row Racing), Danica Patrick (Stewart-Haas Racing) and Alex Bowman (Hendrick Motorsports).
The test is closed to the public.
NASCAR and Goodyear are conducting a two-day test at Martinsville Speedway beginning today.
The teams of Chip Ganassi Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and Furniture Row Racing will participate with one team each.
The teams involved in the test:
Jamie McMurray – Chip Ganassi Racing
Paul Menard – Richard Childress Racing
Greg Biffle – Roush Fenway Racing
Martin Truex Jr. – Furniture Row Racing.
Martinsville will host the first race of the third round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 on Oct. 30.
The third round will take the Chase field from eight to four drivers for the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
In a bulletin issued on Wednesday afternoon, NASCAR has added a Goodyear tire test for both Martinsville Speedway and Kansas Speedway next month.
Richard Childress Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, and Furniture Row Racing each will have a team participate in the Martinsville test Oct. 4-5. The Sprint Cup Series will then return for their second trip to the 0.526-mile short track this season Oct. 30.
The Kansas test will take place Oct. 17, the Monday following the Hollywood Casino 400 there, with a team each from Stewart-Haas Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Team Penske, and Furniture Row Racing. A rain date is scheduled for Oct. 18.
Also in the bulletin, a NASCAR test will be held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in October for Xfinity Series teams. It is scheduled for Oct. 10 with the rain date Oct. 11.