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NASCAR Press Release: 2005 Preseason Daytona Testing Dates

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 31, 2004) – A preseason rite that revs up both engines and excitement, January’s NASCAR Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway marks the beginning of on-track preparation for new seasons in all three national series.

The 2005 NASCAR Preseason Thunder test schedule will kick off with the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, which, along with its usual newsworthiness, also will enjoy the distinction of being the first event housed at the Speedway’s newly renovated infield and garages.

Leading off next season’s edition of NASCAR Preseason Thunder will be the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams that finished in odd-number positions in the final 2004 car owner point standings. They will begin testing Tuesday, Jan. 11 and conclude Thursday, Jan. 13. The rain date is Friday, Jan. 14.

All NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams will test Saturday, Jan. 15 and Sunday, Jan. 16. The rain date is Monday, Jan. 17.

All NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams that finished in even-number positions in the final 2004 car owner point standings will be on track Tuesday, Jan. 18 through Thursday, Jan. 20. The rain date is Friday, Jan. 21.

All NASCAR Busch Series teams will be on track Saturday, Jan. 22 through Monday, Jan. 24. The rain date is Tuesday, Jan. 25.

Fans, too, have their chance to participate in NASCAR Preseason Thunder. The Speedway’s Oldfield Tower grandstands, located just outside Daytona USA, will open free of charge to fans to watch the NASCAR preseason action. Also, four Fan Fests – whose proceeds will benefit the Speedway and NASCAR-designated charities – are scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 12, Saturday, Jan. 15, Wednesday, Jan. 19 and Saturday, Jan. 22.

Adding to the 2005 NASCAR Preseason Thunder anticipation will be the Speedway’s new multi-million dollar infield renovation, which includes new garages for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series, a new Victory Lane and a new Fan Zone.

“We are thrilled to unveil our new infield project at NASCAR’s Preseason Thunder Fan Fest,” Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said.  “Being able to experience the excitement of this unique event in our unique infield atmosphere will make for a memorable time for fans and competitors alike.”

For more information, contact:
Denise N. Maloof, NASCAR Public Relations, 386-253-0611 or dmaloof@nascar.com.