It may be winter throughout the U.S., but NASCAR fans can warm up to the thought of fast stock car racing at Daytona International Speedway’s Preseason Thunder Fan Fest Jan.10 through Jan. 12, 2013.
Popular Sprint Cup drivers Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will headline driver appearances, plus test their 2013 race cars. Numerous NSCS drivers will join them in both endeavors.
Manufacturers have changed the NSCS cars for 2013 to more closely resemble production models. All teams need testing time.
Fans can be treated to the track testing plus appearances, autograph sessions and more for very reasonable prices. Tickets go on sale soon.
Courtesy of Daytona International Speedway:
Race fans can purchase tickets for the annual Preseason Thunder Fan Fest at Daytona International Speedway beginning on Monday, Dec. 10 at 9 a.m.
The stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will take to the legendary 2.5-mile tri-oval at Daytona International Speedway for three days of testing on Thursday, Jan. 10 through Saturday, Jan. 12 in advance of the 55th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 24.
The test sessions mark the first time the new 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars, which highlight greater brand identity for the manufacturers, will turn laps on Daytona International Speedway’s 2.5-mile tri-oval. Dubbed “G6,” the new-look sixth generation cars will conduct test sessions between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day, weather permitting. Each session includes a lunch break from noon until 1 p.m.
The Preseason Thunder Fan Fest is scheduled on Thursday night, Jan. 10 and will include autograph sessions, driver fan forums, show cars and displays, music and a photo opportunity with the 2013 Harley J. Earl Daytona 500 trophy.
Tickets for Daytona Preseason Thunder Fan Fest are $20 on Thursday and $10 for Friday and Saturday and are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. Children 12 and under will receive free admission.
Preseason Thunder ticket holders receive free tent camping inside Turns 3 & 4 for all three days of testing and fans can also watch each day’s testing at no cost from a section of the Oldfield Grandstands.
About local coverage:
Six major NASCAR tracks are within a day’s drive of Tampa. Great destinations justify journeys.
Here the NASCAR venue is considered local if tracks are within a 10 hour drive from Tampa—Daytona International Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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