Almirola Leads Field In Rain-Shortened Gen-6 Testing At Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 18, 2013) – More than 2,000 fans braved the chilly January
temperatures to watch more than 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers take to the
track in the rain-shortened sixth-generation car test at Charlotte Motor
Speedway. At the end of the day, Richard Petty Motorsports’ driver Aric Almirola
turned the fastest lap of 27.832 seconds at 194.021 mph.

Carl Edwards (27.882 seconds at 193.673 mph) and Casey Mears (27.924 seconds at
193.382 mph) clocked the second and third fastest laps respectively, with Marcos
Ambrose (27.938 seconds at 193.285 mph) and Jimmie Johnson (28.009 seconds at
192.795 mph) rounding out the top five.

During a morning delay, Roush Fenway Racing driver Greg Biffle told media the
time on the track was important to provide teams invaluable information about
the new cars.

“We’ve tested a few times with a composite body and not all of the latest rules,
but this is really it for us,” he said. “We needed these two days to really
figure out what the car is gonna end up like. Hopefully, we can test into the
evening and it won’t get too cold too fast because I’d rather stay as long as we
can and get as much information as we can, versus having to pack this whole show
up and go somewhere else again, or come back later.”

NASCAR’s Gen-6 cars return to Charlotte Motor Speedway during the 10 greatest
days in racing, highlighted by the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola
600. Fans can catch all the action, including reserved seats with the best views
of pit road and the world’s largest HDTV with weekend packages starting at just

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