Friday, January 18, 2013

Amirola fastest at Charlotte pre-season test

Defending series champ Brad Keselowski turned in a fast
time at Charlotte of 28.355 seconds, or 190.443 mph. 
Aric Amirola posted the top speed at the pre-season test at Charlotte today as NASCAR teams continued to put the new Gen-6 car through its paces.

Amirola circled the Charlotte Motorspeedway in 27.832 seconds, or 194.021 mph. Carl Edwards (27.882 sec., 193.673 mph), Casey Mears (27.924sec., 193.382mph), Marcus Ambrose (27.938 sec., 193.285 mph), and Jimmie Johnson (28.009 sec., 192.795 mph) rounded out the top five.

Jeff Burton commented on getting a fresh start with the new car. “I think that by anybody’s measurements we didn’t have a good year through the company last year,” Jeff Burton said. “We went almost the whole year without winning a race. I think it is easier to start over than it is taking an existing vehicle and starting over. It gives us a chance to stop and say ‘okay what is the best way to develop a car’ and through that, build a program that works for that. I think the timing of that is good for RCR [Richard Childress Racing] in general. Whether that will yield results or not, we will see. I think the timing of it is good for us.”

Burton was 23rd fastest at Charlotte, 28.241seconds,  191.211 mph.

“This is the deal where we all roll out new cars at the same time and everybody is trying to get a jump on the rest of the guys,” said Martin Truex Jr, driver of the No. 56 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing. “We’re going to get as much time on the track as we can get."

Truex was a respectable ninth, 28.063 sec., 192.424 mph.

This is the final pre-season test before speedweeks at Daytona next month.

Photo Credit:Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR

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