Charlotte Testing Session Gives Small Preview Of 2013 NASCAR Season

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The NASCAR off-season took a brief pause for testing, which provided a small glimpse into next season.

During the recent testing session held on Dec. 11 and 12 at Charlotte Motor Speedway gave drivers, teams, and fans a sneak peek into what the 2013 season will bring. The off-season testing session allowed teams to gather a little more information going into the new year.

The two day testing session allowed the new 2013 Cup cars to hit the track a little early but gave a little preview of how they will look like when they start racing at the Daytona shootout. The new brand identity with the new 2013 cars became more recognizable during the two-day session. It made it much easier for drivers and fans to tell cars apart.

The new 2013 cars went out onto the track but not all the cars were the exact same way they will look come the first race of the season, as some cars did not feature their full paint schemes.

Not only did the testing session give a sneak peek at what the cars will look like on the track but it also showed that the new 2013 cars will have a chance at creating new records with the speed they showed during this week.

This week’s testing session also allowed new teammates to get to new each other much better and allowed them to start working together. Some of the new teammates included 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski and his new Penske Racing teammate Joey Logano, others included Matt Kenseth with Denny Hamlin for Joe Gibbs Racing. Another team included Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his new drivers for his Nationwide Series team Regan Smith, who was helping out Hendrick Motorsports during the testing session.

Heading into a new season, the two-day testing session provides more anxiousness for drivers and fans alike to see all the new changes officially active come the new season.

Christy Valdez is a member of the NASCAR Media. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy 

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