H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler Applauds NASCAR Decision To Add Open Test at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 5-6
NASCAR announced today that Charlotte Motor Speedway will host an open test for all Sprint Cup Series teams on May 5-6 in advance of the May 17 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the May 25 Coca-Cola 600.
H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway, last week encouraged NASCAR to consider an additional test at the 1.5-mile superspeedway. He was relieved to receive today's news.
"I appreciate NASCAR being proactive and attempting to improve the racing on the intermediate tracks," Wheeler said. "It's become obvious that something needs to be done immediately to help these teams. Hopefully, the additional track time will provide them the opportunity to find some things that will help when they come back two weeks later. We want the fans to see the best racing of the season when they come to Charlotte."
Sprint Cup teams will test on Monday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to noon; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., then on Tuesday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Teams may test during a maximum of four of those five practice segments.
"As I've stated before, NASCAR and these teams have done an excellent job on the safety of the new car," Wheeler continued. "But, they need some help getting the cars to perform to where they can produce more side-by-side racing, which is really what it's all about. Something needs to be done now and I applaud NASCAR for letting the teams test before they race here in May."
With the addition of the open test, the Goodyear tire test scheduled for April 22 has been canceled.
Fans will be able to view both days of testing, free of charge, from the renovated GM Grandstand on Charlotte Motor Speedway's frontstretch. Grandstand gates open at 9 a.m. each day.
Tickets for all May events at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including the May 17 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the May 25 Coca-Cola 600, can be purchased by calling the track ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS or online.