Teams testing new car at Lowe's
The Nationwide Series' version of the new car began two days of testing at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Monday. It's the first test at one of the eight 1.5-mile tracks the series races on.
Five teams tested last month at Richmond, and this time Joe Gibbs Racing's Toyotas joined the fray. The other five teams -- Roush Fenway Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Richard Childress Racing and JD Motorsports -- also returned to action.
Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president of competition, said the car is expected to debut at Daytona in February 2010, giving teams next year to work through their current car inventory while slowly building new cars.
"Things have progressed quite nicely," Pemberton said. "All of the manufacturers are out there today with, I think for the most part, the cars the teams used at the test at Richmond last month. It's early yet, but everything's quite favorable. The car turns well in the middle of the corner and they just continue to work on it."
was among the drivers testing on Monday.
"This car feels pretty good. It's a lot faster than I thought it was going to be," Edwards said. "It's a little different than the other cars we ran [at Richmond]. They're two different tracks, but the car felt good at both of them."
JR Motorsports lands '09 part-time sponsor
It's just a 10-race sponsorship package for JR Motorsports' No. 5 Chevrolet, but it's a start, as far as the team is concerned. Unilever, the parent company for brands such as Ragu and Klondike, will be on the car for 10 races to be driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr.
, Mark Martin
and Landon Cassill
How those races are divided will be determined later, but Earnhardt will be in the car for the season opener at Daytona.
Kelley Earnhardt, who runs JR Motorsports for her brother, said the team still needs sponsorship for the remaining 25 races for the No. 5 and for the full season for the No. 88 driven by Brad Keselowski
"We've got some things working," she said. "I think we'll have it wrapped up within, hopefully, the next 30 days -- which is still too long."
Earnhardt said at Lowe's Motor Speedway that he'll run his two teams only in the races they have sponsorship for, but his sister said both teams will run the full schedule.