NASCAR ANNOUNCES 2015 SPRINT CUP TESTING SCHEDULE

 Nigel Kinrade / NKP
Nigel Kinrade / NKP

Posted by: Sandy Terronez, Follow on Twitter: @SANDYTERRONEZ

December 12, 2014

NASCAR has released the new 2015 Sprint Cup format for Goodyear tire testing and open testing. Previously this year NASCAR announced that it would be eliminating private team testing at the conclusion of the 2014 season and revamping the program.  The new program allows for a more consolidated testing program and should be a cost savings to all teams.

There will be 14 Goodyear tests and 13 one-day open tests throughout 2015, with Las Vegas Motor Speedway being the only track having only Goodyear testing with no open testing.

NASCAR has grouped all of the current Sprint cup teams into one of the following three groups:

Group 1:
Stewart-Haas Racing, JTG Daugherty Racing, Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing;

Group 2:
Richard Childress Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates; Roush Fenway Racing, and Michael Waltrip Racing;

Group 3:
Hendrick Motorsports, Furniture Row Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, and BK Racing;

Groups one and two will test five times for Goodyear while group three will only be testing four times for Goodyear throughout the year.  Only one representative from each team will take part in the tire testing. 

Any organization that decides to take part in the one-day open testing following the tire test, which is not mandatory, will have to inform NASCAR three weeks in advance.  If a team participated in the preceding tire test then it must also use the same driver and team in the open testing.

The Goodyear tire tests are closed to the public and the news media.

The news media will be allowed at all open tests, and the public will be permitted access to open testing at the discretion of each track.

2015 TESTING SCHEDULE:

January 19, 2015 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway

 Goodyear Test – Open to Stewart-Haas Racing, JTG Daugherty Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Team Penske.

February 26, 2015 – Atlanta Motor Speedway

A test open to one car and one driver from any organization.

March 2-3, 2015 – Atlanta Motor Speedway

Goodyear Test – Open to Richard Childress Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing.

March 10, 2015Charlotte Motor Speedway

Goodyear test with Hendrick Motorsports, Furniture Row Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, BK Racing.

March 11, 2015 – Charlotte Motor Speedway

A test open to one car and one driver from any organization.

April 7, 2015 – Richmond International Raceway

Goodyear Test – Open to Stewart-Haas Racing, JTG Daugherty Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Team Penske.

April 8, 2015 – Richmond International Raceway

 A test open to one car and one driver from any organization.

April 13-14, 2015 – Kentucky Speedway

Goodyear Test – Open to Richard Childress Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing.

April 15, 2015 – Kentucky Speedway

A test open to one car and one driver from any organization.

April 27-28, 2015 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Goodyear test with Hendrick Motorsports, Furniture Row Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, BK Racing.

April 29, 2015 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway

A test open to one car and one driver from any organization.

May 11-12, 2015 – Dover International Speedway

Goodyear Test – Open to Stewart-Haas Racing, JTG Daugherty Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Team Penske.

May 13, 2015 – Dover International Speedway

A test open to one car and one driver from any organization.

June 9-10, 2015 – Darlington Raceway

Goodyear Test – Open to Richard Childress Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing.

June 11, 2015 – Darlington Raceway

A test open to one car and one driver from any organization.

July 13-14, 2015 – Chicagoland Speedway

Goodyear test with Hendrick Motorsports, Furniture Row Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, BK Racing.

July 15, 2015 – Chicagoland Speedway

A test open to one car and one driver from any organization.

July 28-29, 2015 – Bristol Motor Speedway

Goodyear Test – Open to Stewart-Haas Racing, JTG Daugherty Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Team Penske.

July 30, 2015 – Bristol Motor Speedway

A test open to one car and one driver from any organization.

Aug. 24-25, 2015 – Homestead Miami-Speedway

Goodyear Test – Open to Richard Childress Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing.

Aug. 26, 2015 – Homestead Miami-Speedway

A test open to one car and one driver from any organization.

Sept. 14-15, 2015 – Kansas Speedway

Goodyear test with Hendrick Motorsports, Furniture Row Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, BK Racing.

Sept. 16, 2015 – Kansas Speedway

A test open to one car and one driver from any organization.

Oct. 12-13, 2105 – Phoenix International Raceway

Goodyear Test – Open to Stewart-Haas Racing, JTG Daugherty Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Team Penske.

Oct. 14, 2105 – Phoenix International Raceway

A test open to one car and one driver from any organization.

Oct. 27-28, 2015 – Auto Club Speedway (Fontana, Calif.)

Goodyear Test – Open to Richard Childress Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing.

Oct. 29, 2015 – Auto Club Speedway (Fontana, Calif.)

A test open to one car and one driver from any organization.

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