Long Pond, PA (April, 4, 2012) ―Goodyear Tire, the Official Tire of NASCAR, recently announced that April 24 & 25, 2012 will be the dates for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tire tests at Pocono Raceway. The Raceway is in the final stages of repaving the entire track and it’s essentially a brand new track. Goodyear engineers will provide a number of different tire compounds and will determine, through this test, what are the best compounds based on results of the test. Goodyear will then produce the tires that will be used in the June 10, Pocono 400, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
The drivers and teams tentatively schedule for the Pocono test are: Jamie McMurray from Earnhardt Ganassi Sabates Racing (Chevy, car # 1); Kasey Kahne, Hendrick Motorsports (Chevy, car # 5 ); Joey Logano, Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota, car # 20); A.J. Allmendinger, Penske Racing (Dodge, car # 22) and Aric Almirola, Richard Petty Motorsports (Ford, car # 43).
Fans will be permitted to view both days of the test from the grandstand area at no charge. Fans should enter the parking lots via Gate # 5 (Andretti Rd.) with Gate # 11 opening at 9:00 AM. Fans will be directed to grandstand seating areas near the Start/Finish line. Concession stands will be open both dates of the test.NASCAR will allow all Sprint Cup Series teams to test the new Pocono surface with a specially scheduled test on June 6-7. Grandstands will not be open for this test, however, race fans that have Trackside RV, Reserved Fence Line RV, Reserved Infield RV or Early Bird Infield RV tickets for the Pocono 400 will have the opportunity to view the test session on Thursday for no additional charge. In fact, Gate # 1 tunnel entrance and Gate # 4 (for Trackside RV) will open at 9:00 AM on June 7 to allow early access for these fans.
Action for the Pocono 400 begins on Friday June 8 with NASCAR practice and ARCA qualifying for Saturday’s Pocono 200, ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Sprint Cup qualifying and the Pocono 200 highlight Saturday’s activities. Gates open Sunday June 10 at 9:00AM, pre-race activities begin at 11:30AM with the start of the Pocono 400 at 1:00PM.
For ticket information call 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929) or visit: www.poconoraceway.com.