A statement from Marcus Smith, president of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. and Charlotte Motor Speedway, regarding NASCAR's suspension of testing follows:

"We applaud NASCAR's decision to suspend testing for 2009 and hope it results in significant cost savings for the teams," said Smith.

"We look forward to working with NASCAR and the teams to create new opportunities for fan interaction and event promotion at our speedways outside of race weeks, similar to what the test sessions have offered in the past.

"Due to the proximity to team shops, Charlotte Motor Speedway is the most cost-effective speedway for testing. Should the need arise for NASCAR to revisit the 2009 testing policy, we would welcome discussions on how to provide teams money-saving opportunities at our facility."

Tickets for all May 2009 NASCAR events at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including the 25th running of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 16 and the 50th running of the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24, can be purchased by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS or online.